Let’s emulate Penrith NSW and get business in Whitehorse moving too.
WATAG has been advocating to Whitehorse Council for several months now to embrace Tactical Urbanism. (See last newsletter Streets for people). We’ve advocated for the re-purposing of street space, now used by cars, to enable covid-safe outdoor dining and safer Active transport options to get there.
Whitehorse Council has taken the first important steps towards enabling this kind of re-purposing to take place by setting pout new Outdoor Trading rules.
“…we want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to welcome the community safely back to the cafes and restaurants we know and love. We’ve created free, fast-tracked COVID Response: Outdoor Trading Permits that provide hospitality venues with more options to trade safely. Our temporary extended outdoor trading permits allow hospitality venues to:
expand onto footpaths
take over on-street car parking space immediately outside their business
join with neighbouring hospitality businesses to take over sections of on-street car parking, footpaths and (in some cases) street space
Extending outdoor trading will help hospitality businesses cater to more customers and operate viably within the health restrictions advised by the Victorian Government.”
We say – WELL DONE WHITEHORSE
WATAG hopes Whitehorse businesses will move quickly to work with Council and get the City active and likely again as soon as Covid19 restrictions are eased.
This webinar run by @bicycle_network & @VicHealth on 12th August was inspirational. We hope all Victorian Government Ministers, @DanielAndrewsMP @JacintaAllanMP and all local Councillors in metro Melbourne take the time to review it.
Sometimes it feels as if advocating for better Active Transport infrastructure and Smart Street city design is very hard – like peddling a square wheel! But when small things happen which indicate that momentum is slowly building, there is encouragement to continue. See Small successes are sweet below.
And sometimes really big things can give hope too. Covid-19 has led to a lot of attention being given to to Active Transport. There are many articles below relevant to that. We could have referred to many, many more.
Sarah Allely was featured on ABC Life Matters recently. On Linked In, Jen Thompson said:
A great read that reminds us why bike helmets do matter and we should wear them – and that nature is a great healer.
WATAG agrees with Jen Thompson. Its a great article and well worth the few minutes to read it. And a reminder to all the urban planners, designers and traffic engineers of the importance of local natural environments. But most importantly, its a call to all local Council officers, consultants and Councillors to look critically at local developments and ensure they meet the needs expressed by Sarah.
A peaceful natural environment is really good for the health of everyone.
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