Increasing amounts of motor vehicle traffic in residential streets is a major concern of residents. Moreland Council policies prioritise public transport, walking and cycling, but in reality not enough has been done to control increasing traffic. New multi-storey developments will make this problem worse.
May 2020: Sydney Road Report obtained by FOI
- Read the report now
In July 2019 Vicroads presented five options for improvement of Sydney Road, to the community, at community information sessions and through an online survey.
These options were developed in response to the high incidence of traffic accidents on Sydney Road, with no simple solution given that the road and footpaths are heavily used by trams, motor traffic, bike-riders, and pedestrians and (except for on one side at peak hour) with car-parking along the kerbs.
By far the most popular option was “Option 3” which widens footpaths, creates a separate bike lane, and has trams and cars sharing the centre lane, with car parking removed – 52% rated this option as “good” or “very good”. Option 4, removing some all-day car parking, with a wider bike lane during peak hours, was rated “good” or “very good” by 31%.
Also of interest in the survey, given the dogged campaign by traders to retain all on-street parking in Sydney Road, was that only 10% of people driving to Sydney Road, always park on that Sydney Road. Almost half those surveyed (48%) always park on local roads or off-street car parks.
Although Vicroads offered to send the 7040 respondents a copy of the “Community Feedback Report” later in 2019, the responsible Victorian Government minister put the whole project on ice until local level crossing removals were complete; and blocked the release of the report.
The report has now (May 2020) been released in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) application made by Revitalise Sydney Road Inc. and you can now read it here
We’ve just written a detailed response to Moreland Council’s new Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS).
In April 2011 we conducted a residents traffic survey completed by over 200 households in the Victoria to Albert streets precinct, in Brunswick and East Brunswick. Residents shared concerns on issues including traffic speed, traffic volume, and trucks using residential roads.
- Read our report and analysis of the 2011 survey results
In August and September 2012 Council ordered traffic surveys at over 20 points in central Brunswick. The findings showed that residents were correct in saying that large amounts of traffic was going through residential streets, and that speeds (for narrow residential roads) were often high.
From December 2013 to January 2014 we carried out a second survey this time completed by over 400 households in the Victoria to Albert streets precinct, in Brunswick and East Brunswick. This surveyed residents approved and priority options for traffic management.
Read Time for Action – our report and analysis of our 2014 survey results .
Email brunswickresidentsnetwork(at)gmail.com to receive extra emails with news of the meetings and activities of Brunswick residents traffic working group, (or if you want a better quality copy of our recent report for printing, or more details on its findings)