Richmond High School welcomed its first students in January 2018.

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The school comprises an academic precinct on Griffith Street and a sports precinct on Gleadell Street.

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The catchment zone for the school allows for travel distances of up to 2 km.

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Problems

Richmond High School faces two key issues:

  • Students need a safe way to travel up to 2 km to get to the school
  • Students need a safe way to walk between the academic campus and the sports campus

Solutions

To enable students to travel safely and independently to school, VicRoads and the City of Yarra should collaborate to build a network of protected footpaths and protected bicycle lanes in the catchment zone. Consistent with the concept of a street hierarchy, all nominated arterials and key access streets in the catchment zone should have protected bicycle lanes, including:

  • East-west: Victoria Street, Bridge Road, Swan Street, Highett Street
  • North-south: Church Street, Burnley Street, Lennox Street, Coppin Street

Regarding streets controlled by the City of Yarra, the highest priority is a bicycle boulevard along Coppin Street, linking the Yarra Trail shared path to the existing bicycle lane on Highett Street.

Image credit: Alyson Macdonald and Open Street Maps

Streets Alive Yarra made a formal submission on safe routes to Richmond High School, which can be downloaded as a PDF:

Additional benefits

This infrastructure would also help everybody else who travels to the Gleadell Street sports and recreation precinct, including visitors to:

  • Citizens Park, Lynall Hall School, Richmond Pool and Recreation Centre, Leo Berry Gym, Richmond Bowls Club, and
  • Richmond Town Hall and shops on Bridge Road.

To enable students to travel safely between the two campuses, Palmer Street should be extended through to Gleadell Street, and Gleadell Street should be slowed to 30 km/h or calmed to a 10 km/h shared zone.

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This infrastructure would also benefit users of the Gleadell Street Market and Citizens Park. Further information is available at Gleadell Street and at gogleadell.com.

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