North Richmond is designated as Council’s Local Area Place Making (LAPM) precinct #14, bounded by Hoddle Street, Victoria Street, Church Street, and Bridge Road.

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Context

North Richmond was last assessed in 2011. LAPM reviews are a once in a decade opportunity to persuade Council to invest decent money in infrastructure such as a 30 km/h zone, better footpaths, bicycle paths, trees, pocket parks or street closures.

Richmond has a Walk Score of 90, making it the 12th most walkable suburb in Melbourne. Of course, it can still be improved.

Schools

North Richmond hosts Richmond West Primary School, attracting students from throughout the neighbourhood. Contact us if you’d like to be the Streets Alive Yarra champion for safe routes to Richmond West Primary School.

Problems

As with most local streets in Yarra, streets in North Richmond suffer from high traffic volumes and traffic speeds, dissuading children from cycling to school or sport. Many footpaths are too narrow, or too sloping, to be useable for our increasing population.

Solutions

One way to improve liveability, accessibility, place making and active transport is to convert the whole LAPM area into a 30 km/h superblock.

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Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street is a key east-west street in North Richmond, that is hosting a new way of community engagement. A new street layout will be trialled using low-cost methods, so residents can experience it, before being asked if they like it.

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Local champion

Your local champion for North Richmond LAPM 14 is David Horseman. View all of Streets Alive Yarra’s champions on our supporters page.

My wife (Maree) and I were drawn to Richmond for many reasons, not the least of which being the amazing lifestyle it affords and its accessibility to active and public transport options. For all of these strengths, there are many opportunities for further enhancing our local streets and neighbourhoods. With a vision that recognises the needs of all users, ‘whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive’ Streets Alive Yarra offers a wonderful platform for related, evidence-based community advocacy.

David Horseman