Willis Street is a narrow one-way east-west access street in south Richmond (or LAPM #21 Barkly), in between Church Street and Richmond Primary School. The footpaths are too narrow to be useable.

Location of Willis Street. Image credit: Apple Maps, Streets Alive Yarra.

2018 proposal for a shared zone

In 2018 a resident reported near miss between a driver and people (parent and child) biking home from Richmond Primary School. The driver stopped, then reversed to begin a parallel park, almost striking the people biking. The resident proposed that the street be converted into a 20-30 km/h shared zone and that the lighting be improved. Council assessed the street and advised that drivers need to ‘take extra care’.

Response from council. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

2023 proposal for 20 km/h

In October 2023 Councillor Landes observed people using the street and observed that it should be calmed to 20 km/h.

I was really fascinated to watch how a shared road, with plantings, could work. The only thing missing seemed to be a 20 km/h limit (now in Grattan Place) and perhaps something for officers to consider. I am in no doubt, this is how many of Richmond’s streets could be operating.

Cr Landes via Facebook
Willis Street. Image credit: Cr Landes via Facebook.

20 km/h advisory sign

In late October council installed a 20 km/h advisory sign. This is welcome, although not as good as a 20 km/h shared zone.

20 km/h advisory signs on post and on asphalt. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

How you can help

You can help by appearing on the Streets Alive Yarra website as a champion for your local street, neighbourhood, or school.

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