Active Transport News

Active Whitehorse News – September/October 2020 is now online to read with loads of interesting articles including:

Well done Whitehorse

Let’s emulate Penrith NSW and get business in Whitehorse moving too.

The result of Tactical Urbanism at High st Penrith, NSW, With imagination, it could be Whitehorse Rd in Box Hill, Victoria, as envisaged by Council consultants and stakeholder participants in Box Hill development consultation.

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.

Their website says:

“…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.”


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.

Click here for the full Active Whitehorse News – September/October 2020 and read the rest of the interesting Active Transport articles.

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Active Transport helps lock-down recovery

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.

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Latest Active Transport News

Active Whitehorse News – July/August 2020

Its hard to make progress

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.

Click here to read the latest newsletter.

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Have YOUR say

The Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) – Melbourne

Click here (or the map) for LOTS of information

Then have your say.

  • How will it affect you?
  • How will it affect the urban areas it connects?
  • What do you like/dislike about it?

Look up the places you visit or are associated with, and mark an interactive map with your comments.

Here’s a link to some SRL videos to help you understand what’s happening.

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Nature is a great healer

Sarah Allely says”A brain injury left me unable to do anything ‘normal’. Then I made a discovery which changed everything”.

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.

Cities and suburbs are for people, not for cars.

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