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Climate, coronavirus and congestion: a transport revolution

Transport planners have been warning Government for decades. In a very fast growing metropolis we need to facilitate major shifts away from private vehicles to public transport and active transport modes, or suffer the alternative: intolerable congestion, pollution, socially inequitable transport pricing and less healthy communities. Melbourne’s CBD is blessed with wide streets, thanks to […]

Council gets serious on cyclist and pedestrian safety

Melbourne City Council this week has committed unprecedented expenditure on safe cycling infrastructure and footpath widening and improvements, in its strongest ever intervention in favour of transport modal shift.        On Tuesday, Council unanimously agreed to Greens Cr Rohan Leppert’s proposal to build fully physically separated bicycle lanes the length of Exhibition Street. […]

It’s the most secretive time of the year

Tuesday 18 December Cr Rohan Leppert writes — This Thursday marks a year to the day since the Victorian Labor Government revealed it had changed the planning rules without any public consultation to facilitate the demolition of the Yarra Building at Federation Square, and replace it with a massive “Apple Global Flagship Store”. The public […]