New Active Transport Link at Southbank

Melbourne City Council is about to transform Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street

Construction of the first stage of the Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street Concept Plan will start in July 2018.
The transformation of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street will create 2.5 hectares of new public space in one of Melbourne’s most densely populated suburbs.
The Concept Plan, adopted by Council in 2017, outlines a new vision for Southbank that will:
  • create 2.5 hectares of new public open space;
  • prioritise pedestrians, public transport and cyclists;
  • deliver a new, accessible tram stop on Sturt Street;
  • enhance the gateway into the Arts Precinct;
  • create a living link, connecting the Domain Parklands to the Yarra River;
  • create a ‘Melbourne Experience’ for Southbank;
  • build a new civic square for the precinct;
  • deliver a series of new neighbourhood parks for the community.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, this project will transform this once busy street into one of Australia’s most pedestrian-friendly places. It recognises the rich history and stories of the site and it is based on extensive community and stakeholder engagement.


Click for the full MCC bulletin: Southbank-Boulevard-Bulletin-June-2018


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Melbourne’s best creek walks

From RACV Magazine May 2018

Urban creeks offer a slice of the bush in the middle of the city. Here’s our guide to five of Melbourne’s best.  

Story by: Philip Thomas. Illustrations: Oslo Davis

Many people in Melbourne live within walking distance or a short drive of one of our hidden creeks. They are fascinating places with unexpected treasures and it is well worth the effort to discover them – walk or ride along these paths and you might find an old drive-in cinema, a tranquil scene under a freeway, kids camping out, or even a mob of kangaroos.oslo-davis-melb-creeks-spot-1

The Dandenong, Gardiners, Merri, Moonee Ponds and Kororoit creeks are only a handful of Melbourne’s creeks, but they neatly divide up the city. All up, the total length of trails along these creeks is about 150 kilometres – enough to keep a keen walker or cyclist busy all year.

Facilities: These trails cross through suburban areas so you will find facilities such as seats, water, picnic spots and shops at regular intervals.

Difficulty: Most walks follow paved bike tracks (so if you’re walking, keep to the left), and generally have a flat, even surface with very few steep sections, but some of the more remote outer sections of the Dandenong, Merri and Moonee Ponds creek trails are unsurfaced.

Click here for the full article.


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How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking

From: The Conversation 11th June 2018
File 20180531 69484 1iy5qhm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The settings on traffic lights make pedestrians wait longer by giving higher priority to vehicle traffic.
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David Levinson, University of Sydney

This is the fifth article in our series, Moving the Masses, about managing the flow of crowds of individuals, be they drivers or pedestrians, shoppers or commuters, birds or ants.

Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy.

State and city governments say they want to encourage walking and biking for many reasons:

  • it is space efficient
  • it has less environmental impact
  • it is healthier
  • it is safer for other travellers
  • it reduces the numbers of cars on the road, so even motorists should be in favour of other people walking.

To help achieve these goals, road management agencies should reprioritise traffic signals to redistribute delays at intersections from pedestrians to cars.

The full article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original full article.

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Bicycles for Everyday Transport

Melbourne’s Transport Strategy Discussion Paper examines how bicycles can be used for everyday transport, and asks for input into the discussion.MelbBikeParticipation

A Bicycle Network article (1st May 2018) notes that “The City of Melbourne has called on the powerful business community to support and incentivise bike riding in Melbourne. It wants Melbourne to follow a campaign in London where big business strongly backed the roll out of a protected cycle lane network in central London”

The article goes on to say  “Other ideas include more road space for bikes to enable better lanes and intersections, more traffic calming, and a stronger culture of sharing and courtesy.”

The council also released a summary report “Near Market Research 2017” that examines the market for potential bike commuters into central Melbourne from adjacent municipalities and asks what infrastructure might get them riding.

Link to the Participate Melbourne – Transport Strategy  with some further very interesting links to topics you can comment on such as Emerging Technology and Walking.

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Making cycling safer when carrying precious cargo

From: Bicycle Network – 5th June 2018

newsroom_child-carriersWhether in a trailer, tag-a-long or mounted seat, riding a bike with a child passengers can present some challenges.
In particular, cycling infrastructure and detours need to be accessible for all and consider the needs of riders with small children.

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New Melbourne Lord Mayor retires chauffeur car

From: Bicycle Network – 25th May 2018
Sally Capp, Melbourne’s freshly-minted Lord Mayor, made the call on her first day to retire the $240 a day mayoral car and use more sustainable transport.

Instead of being driven around town to appointments and meetings, Cr Capp will ride, walk or take public transport.

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Strategic Cycling Corridors – Melbourne’s East and South East

From:  VicRoads 22nd May 2018 – The latest VicRoads information on the three cycling corridors where upgrades are being delivered are:

  • CBD to Scoresby, between Warrigal Road and Waverley Road
  • Box Hill to Ashburton
    • The proposed improvements for the CBD to Scoresby corridor and the Box Hill to Ashburton corridor presented at the information sessions held in September 2017 are being delivered.
  • Chirnside Park to Mordialloc. specifically:
    • Syndal Station to Monash University
    • Monash University to Clayton Station

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