Plans aim to improve livability, help Melbourne become a leading bicycle city and implement consistent 40km/h vehicle speed limits across the city.
A bold 10-year transport plan to respond to Melbourne’s significant population growth by delivering more space for pedestrians, public transport users and cyclists is being considered by the City’s councillors.
According to an independent report by Deloitte Access Economics, the Transport Strategy 2030 could provide an $870 million boost to Victoria.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the strategy would improve Melbourne’s liveability, provide a boost to local businesses and reduce congestion.
According to the Deloitte Access Economics report, reprogramming traffic signals for how the majority of people move around the city – on foot – could generate an annual economic benefit of at least $15.4 million.
In addition, prioritising the 165,000 daily tram trips in the municipality would enable trams to move 20 per cent faster, which has the potential to generate $24.9 million in annual economic benefit.
Reprogramming traffic signals for how the majority of people move around the city – on foot – could generate an annual economic benefit of at least $15.4 million.
Key projects to be delivered in the first four years include introducing protected bike lanes on Exhibition Street, Latrobe Street Bridge and Rathdowne Street, 300 new on-street motorcycle parking spaces and working with the Victorian Government to deliver consistent 40 km/h vehicle speed limits across the municipality.
The strategy also includes trials of lower speed limits for some central ’Little Streets’ to create pedestrian-priority zones at peak times.
The move aims to boost economic activity through increased footfall in retail and hospitality precincts and improve safety for people walking in the city centre. Retail and hospitality contribute a combined $5.7 billion to the city’s economy every year.
"We are seeking the right balance between all modes of transport. We need all modes to work together for a liveable city"
The council will also continue to advocate for a tram extension to Fishermans Bend as a critical catalyst for development of the area and for the Melbourne Metro 2 rail link as a priority infrastructure rail link for Melbourne’s west and north.
"We are seeking the right balance between all modes of transport. We need all modes to work together for a liveable city, from building separated bike lanes for those riding, widening footpaths for pedestrians, introducing on-street parking bays for our motorcyclists and creating speed consistency for our motorists," said Capp.
By 2036, another 500,000 people will be moving in and around the City of Melbourne each day.
"We want to encourage everyone to come to Melbourne as a destination, whether it is by train, tram, car, bike or foot.
"However, we know that we need to make changes and upgrade our infrastructure to cope with our booming population. By 2036, another 500,000 people will be moving in and around the City of Melbourne each day."
Chair of the Transport Portfolio, Councillor Nicolas Frances Gilley, said the strategy would provide the framework for a safer, less congested, more accessible city with expanded public spaces for people.
"We have thought very carefully about the kind of Melbourne we want and need in order to boost prosperity and efficiency but also to be a place for people to meet, dine outdoors, shop and have space to enjoy everything our city is famous for," said Gilley.
"We can achieve this by alleviating congestion on our footpaths, where 89 per cent of trips are made, by welcoming people whose end destination is the city, by committing to make Melbourne the nation’s leading bicycle city and by creating great civic destinations around our city stations."
By 2030, the plan being considered by councillors aims to:
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