Let’s improve where we live

Our residential streets can be much better, with more trees, lower speeds and space to relax, meet and socialise.

Livable Streets

Donald Appleyard’s seminal ‘Livable Streets‘ research in the 1960’s and 1970’s showed that social interaction improves when traffic flow is reduced.

Yarra policy

Council has committed to develop a ‘Liveable Local Streets Framework’, and we are keen to see the outcome of this work.

Commitment to develop a Liveable Local Streets Framework. Image credit: Council minutes 5th October 2021.

Solutions

We need to filter and calm residential streets within 30 km/h superblocks, and then gradually invest in greening and place making. The image below shows a proposal for Oxford Street in Collingwood, from the community group Our Streets are not Garages:

Image credit: Our Streets are not Garages

Guidance from the UK

The following image shows a ‘filtered street’ part of a new ‘filtered neighbourhood’ in the City of Manchester, UK.

Source: Sustrans

Design proposals

We have a web-page for many streets in Yarra, too many to list, so search for your local street, or click one of the links to highlighted streets:

Take action

Let’s build a beautiful, liveable and accessible city