In Melbourne, all people will be able to move freely to communicate and trade without sacrificing essential social or ecological values. Melbourne’s connections will give people access to a rich seam of opportunities.
2 projected outcomes
2 progress indicators
4 priorities identified
12 actions for 2014-15
Delivered via 6 service areas, 6 strategies / plans
The City of Melbourne manages movement in and around our city to help people trade, meet and move about safely and freely. We know that catering for our growing city and safeguarding its continued prosperity means planning for an efficient and sustainable transport network of the future.
Building a ‘connected city’ is about working closely with our partners and advocating for the free movement of people and goods in the city. It is about making it easier for more people to make more sustainable choices as they travel to and around the city, whether by foot, bicycle, tram or train.
Issues and challenges
The new Victorian Government’s decision to abandon the former Melbourne Rail Link means we need to realign our rail improvement efforts as well as finalisation of the Elizabeth Street Master Plan with the government’s Melbourne Metro Rail project.
A number of other major projects will continue into the next year, including implementing the Walking Plan, finalising the City Road Master Plan, introducing a planning scheme amendment for motorcycle parking and finalising a last-kilometre freight plan for the central city.
Major initiatives in the coming year include working with the Victorian Government on the Melbourne Metro Rail project, and beginning implementation of the streetscape master plan for Elizabeth Street, including alignment with the street’s Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan.
How the city measures up as a ‘connected city’ based on: Shift to sustainable travel: proportion of trips of all purposes to and within the municipality using bus, train, tram, bicycle or walking as the main mode on weekdays and weekends.
More than two thirds of all trips to and within the municipality were made using sustainable means in 2012 13.
Trips made by bus, train, tram, bicycle or on foot: 68 per cent (based on latest available data, from the Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity, which is different from the 2006 and 2011 Census data used in last year’s report).
Goal 6 service areas: Roads, transport and infrastructure, Parking Management, Street cleaning and waste management, Local laws compliance, Urban policy and design, Building, development and planning
7.85 km new and upgraded bike lanes
Nearly 17 per cent of vehicles entering the city in the morning are bikes
44 new shared zones with expanded pedestrian access approved
Detail about this year’s connected city actions and activities can be found later in this chapter.
Major initiative: Roll out the first phase of pay-by-phone parking services across the municipality
‘PayStay’ is now available right across the municipality. The new pay-by-phone parking system – where motorists can use their credit card or mobile phone to pay for parking – is proving very popular, with around 1500 new customers registering each week. The convenience and flexibility of the new system means customers no longer need to worry about having to physically top up parking meters, or being over-charged for time not used. In time, pay-by-phone parking will enable us to reduce the number of parking meters, maintenance, vandalism and coin collection costs.
How we’re performing against our indicators of progress
The City of Melbourne aims for several outcomes over the four years of its Council Plan 2013–2017. We measure progress by the indicators below.
Projected outcome: People and goods can move efficiently within the municipality
The number of street connections that allow pedestrian movement in the municipality.
Time period (Financial Year)
Average connections per block for pedestrians
Average footpath space out of total carriageway area
19 per cent
19 per cent
The number of pedestrian street connections is measured in two ways. The first relates to the average connections per block allowing pedestrians to travel safely from one side of the street to the other, and from one street to another, including via mid-block pedestrian crossings, lanes and arcades. The second measure relates to the average area of footpaths, roads and nature-strips combined that is devoted to pedestrians. This year, the average connections per block and footpath space remained unchanged.
Love Your Laneway
Together with ‘Laneway Champions’ comprising local residents and businesses, the City of Melbourne is improving the use and aesthetics of laneways in high-density areas focusing on better waste and stormwater management, better access and lighting, as well as artistic and cultural use. The laneways chosen this year to undergo a makeover under the Love Your Laneway Program are AC/DC Lane, Stevenson Lane, Sniders Lane, Flinders Court, Rothsay Lane and Amphlett Lane.
Projected outcome: More people walking, cycling or using public transport to travel to and from the municipality
The proportional change in the number of city users reporting walking or cycling as the main mode of travelling to and within the municipality
Time period (Financial Year)
Percentage walking or cycling to and within the city (to the city)
Percentage walking or cycling to and within the city (within the city)
11.7 per cent
72.5 per cent
Note results are drawn from a new set of data from the Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity, which is different from the 2006 and 2011 Census data used in last year’s report. The 2012–13 results are the latest available and describe the baseline only; proportional change is expected to be reported in future years. These results show that nearly 12 per cent of trips (or 72,500 trips) into the city and 72.5 per cent of trips (or 303,000 trips) within the city were made on foot or bike.
Share Our Streets
November saw the launch of the second phase of our road safety program, Share our Streets. City road users are reminded to be alert, cross when green and look out for each other. Street teams are at locations across the city sharing common sense tips for using shared spaces and discussing the impact of distractions and car-dooring.
Building a cycling city
Safer and more connected bicycle routes on William and Spring streets in the central city, Dynon and Flemington roads, Wreckyn Street and The Avenue in the west and north were some of the key bicycle improvement projects implemented this year. Almost 8 km of new and upgraded bicycle routes and additional bike parking will help people take local trips by bike.
Our 4 year priorities are…
Our 2014–15 focus was…
Over the next year we will…
Expand and prioritise a connected, safe and easy to access pedestrian network
Implement the Walking Plan including planning scheme amendments to support through-block links and other pedestrian network benefits
Implement actions from the Walking Plan including upgrading pedestrian traffic signals along Elizabeth Street, Exhibition Street and Russell Street, installing new zebra crossings within the central city and across the municipality, installing new shared zones within the central city and lowering speed limits on local Kensington roads to 40km/h
Exhibit a planning scheme amendment to require, in future, walking links through city blocks
Make the municipality more bicycle friendly through our Bicycle Plan 2012-16 and endorse a new bicycle plan by March 2016
Implement year three actions of the bike plan including capital works on:
Spring Street, The Avenue, Gisborne Street, Albert Street-to-La Trobe Street connection
Arden Street route and pedestrian/bicycle bridge
Leveson Street at Courtney Street
Smithfield Epsom and Macaulay Roads upgrades
Flemington Road separated lanes
Queensbridge Street-to-Market Street and Bridge Road-to-Yarra Park connections
Elizabeth Street and Chelmsford contra-flow
Complete the Bike Plan 2012–16, including Year 4 projects such as the installation of Arden Street, Epsom Road and Smithfield Road bike lanes and the installation of additional bike hoops and bike corrals across the municipality, as well as outstanding actions carried over from the previous years
Implement the Transport Strategy 2012 for flexible and adaptable private transport, effective and integrated public transport and efficient urban freight, so as to:
Work with the State Government to help them amend the planning scheme to require bicycle parking that better matches current and predicted use and prepare a proposed planning scheme amendment to require motorcycle parking that better matches current and predicted use
Trial a safe city taxi rank in Bourke Street, including upgrading the evening Bourke Street rank between Russell Place and Russell Street
Work with the State Government and other partners to develop an approach to last-kilometre freight for central Melbourne
Complete a desk-top review of the car-share policy to assess benefits to the city and capitalise on new business models and technologies
Review the area over which Amendment C133 (maximum residential parking rate) applies and investigate a planning scheme amendment to set maximum parking rates for all land uses in the municipality
Finalise the City Road Master Plan
Implement Road Safety Plan actions including work on:
a motorcycle plan
the Spring Street footpath at Collins Street
footpaths and a pedestrian crossing on Flinders Lane between Spring and Exhibition streets
the O'Connell Street pedestrian refuge at Peel Street
(Major initiative) Work with the State Government on the Melbourne Metro Rail project
Install a permanent Safe City Taxi Rank in Bourke Street between Russell Place and Russell Street
Begin implementing our new car-share scheme policy
(Major Initiative) Finalise and begin implementing the streetscape master plan for Elizabeth Street (Flinders Street to LaTrobe Street), including alignment with the street’s Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan
Investigate the role we may have in relation to emerging technologies and trends associated with transport, such as online apps for taxis, cars and parking
Finalise a last-kilometre freight plan for central Melbourne
Advocate for greater services for the 402 bus through the municipality from East Melbourne to Footscray
Investigate and advocate for more city pick-up points and greater services for the NightRider bus
Facilitate access by water transport in the municipality
Continue to facilitate the introduction of water transport-ferry services to Docklands
Continue to facilitate the introduction of a water transport - ferry service between the Docklands and Federation Square
In order to move towards the creation of a 'Fly Neighbourly Advice', undertake the preparatory analysis and stakeholder discussions identified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority so as to enable the Council to consider recommendations by February 2016
Several actions not completed in 2014–15 will continue to be delivered in the 2015–16 financial year. Some relate to projects that span multiple years. Some actions were delayed due to unforeseeable external factors.
Great streets make great cities
Each year our Streetscape Improvements Program aims to enhance the city’s streets and laneways through road and footpath works, landscaping and other improvements. This year more than $4 million was spent on improvements in Elizabeth Street, Lonsdale Street, Spencer Street, Little Lonsdale Street, Literature Lane, Westwood Place, Brights Place, Healeys Lane and Crombie Lane.
As part of our ongoing flood mitigation works, the stormwater drain beneath the busy intersection of King and Collins streets was recently upgraded. The project was undertaken over a single weekend and involved intensive, close, around-the-clock co-operation between Citywide, VicRoads, Yarra Trams and City of Melbourne engineering officers.