Melbourne needs an integrated transport system for people and freight that is not only efficient and sustainable, but also safe, healthy, easy to use and focused on the dynamics of a growing and maturing city.
- In order to achieve a sustainable future for Melbourne, the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport must be promoted. This is achieved through the implementation of principles of active travel and socially inclusive and environmentally-friendly transport options.
- Carbon emissions from traffic, and inner city congestion, pose immediate problems for all governments, and are best addressed by rapid and significant increase in funding for public transport infrastructure.
- Environmentally sustainable, active and cost-efficient transport systems are necessary to maintain the amenity and liveability of City of Melbourne communities, which includes increasing people’s health and wellbeing.
- Car use has been declining in Melbourne for the past decade and it will continue to function as a niche mode of transport for some trips. Disruption in transport technology presents risks and opportunities to car travel in Melbourne. Car travel should evolve to become a specialised mode of transport whilst Public Transport, walking and cycling will continue to be the most dominant and efficient modes of transport for travel to and within the City.
- Successful public transport planning lies in integrating all transport modes (trams, buses, trains, bicycles, motorbikes and pedestrians), with coordinated timetables, easy interchange, pathfinder signage and parking infrastructure.
- There is a strong relationship between walking and public transport, and the City of Melbourne should work with Public Transport agencies to ensure that this relationship has a high priority in planning for transport infrastructure and public spaces.
- Bike Share and Car Share programs should be integrated with public transport systems.
- Governments have a responsibility to make public and environmentally sustainable modes of transport convenient and accessible for all.
- Walking is the most important mode of transport in the City of Melbourne and should be recognised in all transport and infrastructure planning accordingly.
- A cycling culture focused on safety, respect and integrated road use promotes the health and strength of the community as a whole.
- In order to achieve a sustainable future for Melbourne, the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport must be promoted. This is achieved through the implementation of the principles of active travel and socially inclusive and environmentally-friendly transport options.
- Parks and community infrastructure should be free from the threat of new roads.
Shifting to sustainable transport modes able to move the greatest number of people
- Increase the share of trips made on the City’s roads that use the most efficient and sustainable transport options, such as public transport, walking and cycling.
- Prioritise active transport (walking, cycling and public transport) in planning decisions, particularly in urban renewal precincts.
- Support traffic-light sequencing changes that prioritise public transport, cyclists and pedestrians, including more default green lights for pedestrians.
- Continuing to reduce the share of private car use for trips to, within, and from, the City of Melbourne.
- Seek State Government agreement to continue public transport services through the night.
- Work with the State Government and community to roll out the Metro Rail project efficiently whilst considering the needs of all stakeholders during the disruption..
- Encourage the State Government to reduce congestion and encourage active transport through a review and potential enhancement of the Parking Levy.
- Advocate for investment in new public transport, including major rail projects such as Metro and Doncaster Rail, including trams running the full length of Victoria St to North Melbourne Station, and increased, more frequent bus services stopping in more places, such as route 402.
- Support the transfer to fully accessible tram stops, whilst ensuring that such improvements integrate with other active transport modes and do not reduce pedestrian accessibility in the city and don’t impact on cyclist safety
- Engage with all relevant stakeholders to organise short term, localised events to showcase active transport opportunities within their precincts.
- Encourage businesses to set up incentive programs that encourage their employees to use public transport or active transport when commuting to and from work.
- Facilitate the further development of car share schemes in the City.
- Advocate to the State Government for fairer public transport fares.
- Work with the State Government to develop targets and policy mechanisms to reduce pollution from private vehicles.
A walkable city
- Expand and prioritise a connected, safe and accessible pedestrian network through the development of good quality walking links between the City’s public spaces, the public transport system and within urban renewal areas.
- Make Elizabeth St a high quality civic space, and implement better pedestrian amenity on key little streets in the CBD such as Little Bourke Street between Spring St and Hardware Lane, with appropriate arrangements made for delivery access to businesses and any critical parking needs.
- Expand pedestrian priority areas in Southbank (particularly City Road), City North, Arden Macaulay, Docklands, Fishermans Bend and other urban renewal areas.
- Continue to expand traffic signal – pedestrian priority through the application of auto-on, increased pedestrian walk time, reduced pedestrian crossing distances as well as other pedestrian friendly techniques.
- Design shared pathways which minimise conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.
A cycling city
- A cycling culture focused on safety and respect,
- Fast-track the expansion of Melbourne’s bicycle network to make it safe, connected and direct, reprioritising Council’s expenditure as appropriate, starting with full implementation of the City’s 2016 – 2020 bicycle strategy.
- Create continuous, connected and direct separated bike lanes along streets with a high incidence of dooring accidents, starting with the lengths of St Kilda Rd and Royal Parade.
- Bike Share is a mode of public transport and should be fully integrated into the public transport system, this includes system governance and management information, ticketing, journey planning data and locations that are complementary to the public transport network.
- Improve, expand and promote the City bike share scheme as part of the public transport network.
- Expand bicycles parking across the municipality through initiatives such as an incentive scheme with businesses bidding to host a bike corral outside their venue.
- Encourage more people to ride bikes through increased infrastructure on local streets and targeted education and training programs for groups with low participation rates.
- Commission research, including local case studies, exploring the benefits of increasing end of trip bike facilities (such as bike corrals), better walking access and other active travel options for the bottom line of businesses operating in the City of Melbourne.
- Installing better end-of-trip facilities for cyclists, such as short stay multiple parking corrals and long stay secure bike lockers near businesses.
- Work with VicRoads to implement a 24-hour 30km/h speed limit on all roads in the CBD and high activity areas in suburbs within the municipality.
- Continue to improve and add pedestrian crossings in high pedestrian areas to increase the safety of vision-impaired pedestrians.
- Promote road rules with respect to vulnerable road users.
- Support police in enforcing laws designed to protect vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists), particularly in areas with a high incidence of accidents, and encourage the behavioural change of road users with positive targeted education campaigns.
- Fund safe, well-lit taxi ranks in late night entertainment precincts.
Leading by example
- Abolish the Mayoral Car and continue to reduce the fuel consumption of the council car fleet.
- Increase the use of active transport modes by councillors and council officers when conducting Council business.
- Work with relevant stakeholders to ensure that CoM initiatives and policies keep pace with changing transport technologies
Improved local freight systems
- Implement last kilometre freight delivery initiatives that prioritise convenience and carbon emission reduction.
- Investigate and advocate for the increased use of cargo bikes and other low or no emission delivery services in the municipality.