Better streets for [insert your suburb here]

Your Street, Your Say: Better streets for Darebin

Your Street, Your Say is a Local Area Planning project proposed by Darebin City Council with a focus on placemaking around streets. The goal of this project is to recommend a series of interventions and sub-projects for translating streets into better public spaces by building on aspirations of the local community (gathered through an extensive survey).

“I don’t feel safe crossing this road because there is too much traffic and no pedestrian crossings,”

A Darebin resident

“The Council has undertaken a community survey using an interactive engagement platform in which it appealed residents to share their experiences of using streets in Darebin and provide location-specific feedback about particular issues.

Some of the common expressions were like: “I don’t feel safe crossing this road because there is too much traffic and no pedestrian crossings,” or “I don’t feel safe riding along this street because there is too much traffic and no bike lanes.”. Following on from the findings of this engagement process, the council intends to develop a series of place-making interventions for better utilisation of its street network as a public space.” … more

Why not talk to YOUR local Council and ask them to consider a similar program for YOUR suburb?

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Spain taking an environmental lead

Rod Fletcher

Rod Fletcher • 1st CEO at Landor LINKS 12h •

Spain is demonstrating #leadership on fossil fuel and pollution. From 2023 all Spanish towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants must set up mandatory low emission zones (ZBE), and noise levels will be monitored from autumn 2022.

From May 2021, Spain also introduced urban speed limits of 30kph (20mph) estimated to cover between 60% and 70% of roads in Spain.

Lower speeds – better for the environment, the economy and people’s health!

Check out this article

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Out of the mouths of babes

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A national approach is needed

Great promotional video from Chris Boardman.

Credit: Active Travel England

We need someone of the stature of Chris Boardman in Australia – someone with exposure and reach – to advocate for a BIG National solution to our car-problem too, so that Active Transport can become a national priority here too.
We have many of us advocating for this, but it’s receiving scant attention and, if budget allocations tell what their priorities are, it’s way down the list of things our national government sees as important.
We’d also love to have Safe Streets too, so our kids can walk to school and use their local streets with cars being the respectful visitors. And so our older folk and disabled friends can move around safely too.
We’d love 30km/hr to be a national norm for local street speeds as agreed in Stockholm in 2020 by over 130 nations and ratified later by the UN General Assembly
We’d love people here to treat cycling as so normal that they dress for the destination, not the journey. It means that the “special clothes” worn by sporting cyclists (often moving advertising lycra banners for their sponsors) are not required, and kids and others wearing lycra are not mistaken for the fast & furious cyclists who are more hardened to dangerous car traffic.

We need an ACTIVE TRAVEL AUSTRALIA and the funds to support it.

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Who has the responsibility?

“Road safety should not be about telling people how not to die or get hurt. It should be about preventing people from doing harm to others”
Marco Te Brömmelstroet
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