Our goal is to make it safer, easier and more enjoyable to move around Merri-bek.
This especially includes walking, cycling and public transport.
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Better for all
There are 2 train lines, 5 tram services and 16 bus routes through Merri-bek.
COVID-19 lockdowns have changed the way we get around. More people are using their cars and fewer people are taking public transport.
We need to encourage those who can, to choose more sustainable forms of transport other than their car. This is because of congestion and climate change. And many of us need to be more physically active.
This is all part of why public transport is a key focus of our new council plan.
We will advocate to improve the capacity of public transport. We also want access to public transport to be fairer.
We know that not driving is difficult for many. This is partly due to a lack of investment in public transport by the state government, particularly in the north of Merri-bek.
We will campaign for the state government to improve public transport:
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Getting around by bike or walking is something that not everyone feels they can do. We want to change this.
We want to help more children, young people, families and older people get moving – and feel safe doing so.
We will build safe, accessible and high-quality bike paths and footpaths.
We will advocate for increased funding from state and federal governments. We need this to ensure our bike routes are well connected.
We will also work with the community to set aside road space for bike lanes and space for pedestrians. This can involve removing parking and/or lanes to drive in.
We will stay focused on road safety. We will do this in several ways, including:
- reviewing crashes and reported accidents
- advocacy and efforts to address accident black spots
- designing streets that help vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, feel safe
- reducing speed limits
- putting traffic calming measures, including road closures, in place.