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On-street parking and road space equivalent in size to 20 Bourke Street Malls in Melbourne’s inner-city will be repurposed to make space for pedestrians, cyclists and greenery.
A radical reshaping of the city’s streets that gives pedestrians and cyclists more priority over cars will take place between now and 2030, according to Melbourne City Council’s draft transport strategy, released on Thursday.
Lord mayor Sally Capp in Little Collins Street on Thursday.CREDIT:JASON SOUTH
"Our streets, footpaths, public spaces and transport hubs must adapt for the variety of ways people are travelling around our city today and into the future," lord mayor Sally Capp said.
"I do understand that people say that they feel that it's more difficult to come into the city, I have to think that that is more of a perception than a reality."
The council’s 10-year vision for the city’s transport has identified pedestrian overcrowding at train stations, tram stops and intersections as a key concern.
"We know that a 10 per cent increase in pedestrian connectivity can deliver an extra $2.1 billion to Melbourne’s businesses," Cr Capp said.
Some of the city’s off-street parking, which takes up a whopping 30 MCGs worth of space, will be converted for pedestrians, cyclists and traders.
How artificial intelligence can be used to tweak traffic light cycles in the Hoddle Grid to give trams, cyclists and pedestrians priority will also be investigated by the council in partnership with VicRoads.
It can take up to 120 seconds for the lights to change in the Hoddle Grid, and if that wait time was reduced, delays for pedestrians could be cut by up to 50 per cent at the busy corner of Spencer and Collins streets.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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