Melbourne seeks input on future transport strategy

The City of Melbourne has released a series of discussion papers to encourage input to the development of its draft transport strategy, planned for release later this year.

Discussion is focused on eight themes: walking, city space, public transport network, emerging technology, bicycles for everyday transport, car parking, motor vehicles and transport pricing.

Discussion papers have so far been released on the themes of cycling for everyday transport, motor vehicles and parking.

The discussion paper on motor vehicles notes that the use of cars in the municipality is declining, and the majority of trips within the city are on foot and by public transport. Yet most most streets in the municipality have been designed and optimised for motor vehicles. It examines current issues with car use in the municipality and options to address them, including improved public transport, expanded network of separated cycling lanes, prevention of through traffic, more efficient freight delivery and car share.

The discussion paper on car parking addresses the fact that there is an over-supply of on-street parking, and low occupancy of on-street in some locations. It proposes a range of ideas such as converting many on-street car parks to open space, trees, bike lanes and footpaths; new residential buildings near public transport to be provided with car share facilities rather than car storage; selling car parks separately from apartments; and pricing of on-street parking to reflect real time demand for the space.

The bicycles for everyday transport discussion paper notes the social and environmental benefits of cycling and the fact that more than 12,000 people cycle to work in the CBD every day. It outlines issues for people using bicycles, and a range of solutions including protected bicycle lanes, more bicycle parking and reduced motor vehicle use.

Melbourne City Council has provided an on-line feedback system for its Transport Strategy refresh project.

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