2017 Sessions

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Address unsustainable transport patterns in suburban Melbourne

Session Details

Room:  Yarra

Format: Presentation and workshop

No. of attendees: 23

Host name: Bridget Spencer

Scribe: Sarah Roberts


We have an unsustainable transport system that needs to be addressed

Set in Casey

  • 59% population increase by 2045
  • We are behind in infrastructure
  • This has an impact on services
  • 83% car dominated
  • Average household does 10 trips a day, 83% in car.

How will we accommodate for this?

  •  By changing travel behaviour

Auto dependence caused social exclusion

  • Might not have access to PT, can’t walk to services, time spent commuting and cost (this will get worse)
  • Increase health problems. People have a lack of essential services- this includes no access to healthy food.
  • Raise in oil costs

What do we want to achieve?

  • A 20 minute neighbourhood- have walking access to everything that you need. The community also wants these changes to happen.
  • Promotes sustainable transport modes.
  • Adopt smart city transport plan.

2017 current situation

  • 85% car used, 5% PT, ineffective bus network
  • Increasing car infrastructure will not solve these problems, we need to change travel behaviour.

What should we prioritise to do this?

  • Infrastructure, financial incentives (less incentive to use the car), improve perceived safety, personalised travel planning, faster travel, convenience?

Workshop, what should we actually prioritise?

  • Brief- best ways to tackle automobile dependence
  • What should be prioritised
  • Let’s workshop our ideas to come up with innovative and effective solutions

Group 1

  • Building density housing- suburbs are designed around cars.
  • Footpaths are good, need more of these.
  • Fast cars and trucks going past you whilst walking and riding is scary.
  • Could utilise buses more, trip to train station
  • Roads designed to get through the suburbs faster.
  • Walking along busy roads are boring, nothing to see, no trees, health issue

Group 2

  • Free shuttle buses, higher frequencies

Group 3

  • Improve marketing of PT, people don’t know about them
  • Involve other business, incentives
  • Parking more expensive
  • Improve transit to station, more direct, bike paths, increase parking at station/ increase ride sharing.
  • Increase local employment

Group 4

  • Low density housing, causes bad public transport

Group 5

  • Regional public transport solution
  • Move away from park and ride
  • Transport connections, trip training, local jobs, stitching together old town and new town development

Group 6

  • Inform public on transport planning- educate people on what is needed before money is spent
  • Controlled planned not reactive planning- close access to the transport network

Group 7

  • Need buses to cater for these areas.
  • Get increase density along the bus routes. Bus play a bigger role