A draft report “Transport Strategy 2030” has been prepared for the Future Melbourne committee. The purpose of this report is to seek endorsement for public consultation.
Cr Frances Gilley who was a key note speaker at our 2017 National Conference in Melbourne is quoted as saying:
"Greater Melbourne is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and our population is projected to more than double in the next 30 years. If we are to maintain our status as one of the world's most liveable cities we have to create beautiful spaces for people to want to come and enjoy,"
A strong focus of the report is improving pedestrian facilities as 89 per cent of all trips in the central city are on foot and walkers face increasingly overcrowded footpaths.
Some of the recommended projects include:
Repurpose the equivalent of 20 Bourke Street malls worth of public road and on-street parking spaces to create more space for pedestrians, cyclists, greening, trading and other important uses
Reduce congestion for all users by encouraging through traffic to avoid the central city while accommodating cars and others vehicles visiting for a purpose
Convert central city 'Little Streets' into pedestrian priority shared zones with lower speed limits for cars to better support our thriving retail economy and café culture
Work with the Victorian Government to deliver world-class, welcoming and safe public spaces around our central city stations
Create more than 50km of protected on-road bicycle lanes on key routes in the heart of the city
Deliver 300 additional motorcycle parking bays on streets as alternatives to parking on footpaths.
Maintain access for essential car trips, especially for people with a disability, trade, service and emergency vehicles.