2017 Sessions

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Melbourne CBD - Free of Cars

Session Details

Room: Melbourne

Format: Discussion

No. of attendees: 36

Host name: Nic Frances Gilley from City of Melbourne

Your name: Matthew Diemer


How will Melbourne adjust to a doubled population?

Increased public realm through the repurposing of street space is a major way.

What will the Car-Free CBD look like?

  • Curb, Fence, and Barrier-Free Streetscapes,

  • Wider Footpaths

  • Increased PT Access and Capacity

  • City boundary with drop-off areas

  • Some “streets” are still identified for through-movement of cyclists and trams, others identified as pedestrian space for walking, and others as “places” designed for dwelling activities

  • Barcelona “Superblocks” application

  • Goods Movement, Deliveries on E-Bikes

  • More greenspace that doubles as pedestrian walkways (i.e. Birrarung Mar)

  • More economic development opportunity due to higher foot traffic

  • Less noise, air pollution, “more zen”

  • Current car parks transformed into affordable housing units

  • Increased presence of pedicabs

How will we get there?

  • Parking removal, pricing, availability, planning restrictions

  • Increased investment in bike & pt infrastructure

  • Congestion charging

  • No win-wins

  • Celebrate successes (white night, etc) to build on

  • Congestion charging with incentives for people that live within the city

  • ‘Reclaim your streets’ programs

  • Disruption as a catalyst (when roads close for projects, close them to automobiles and pedestrianise them)

  • New language utilised to sell the benefits

  • Clear rules on where the no car zone starts and how it works

  • Incentives from congestion charge (funds for bike repairs)

  • Visionary politicians

  • Higher oil prices

  • Go street by street with pilot projects to highlight the benefits

  • Further incentivise PT, cycling (free bike share for first 10 minutes)

  • Cycle “superhighways”