Like many inner-city areas, Glen Eira is reaching a tipping point, where the existing road network can no longer provide an easy, smooth run for vehicles. Glen Eira is a relatively high commuting municipality and many residents are frustrated at being regularly stuck in traffic, or having to compete for parking spaces. If our current rate of car ownership continues, it is expected that there will be an additional 14,400 cars within Glen Eira by 2031.
Looking ahead at these trends, Council engaged with the community in 2017 with the view of setting a new direction for transport in Glen Eira. We asked people how they would describe the issues that impact on the way they travel to different destinations and if they could suggest any solutions or ways that Council could help.
We heard that safety, traffic congestion and parking are key concerns. We heard that there are different needs within the community around transport, which are sometimes conflicting, and which change as people’s circumstances change. We heard that there was a need to strive for balance in catering to needs.
From the feedback, a draft Integrated Transport Strategy was developed. Council then sought community views on this draft, between February and March 2018.
From the community, Council received 33 online submissions, 11 email submissions and 5 submissions via social media, providing feedback on the draft Strategy.
You told us that:
- In general, the Strategy and its direction were good
- Safety for all road users must be a priority
- Attention needs to be given to parking issues
- There is a need to work towards an increased and better connected public transport network
- The Strategy should have a focus on connecting walking/cycling paths with parks and recreation facilities, and across Council borders
- There is support for protected cycling lanes and cycling infrastructure.
Based on what we heard, Council revised the draft Integrated Transport Strategy to address feedback received from the community. The Strategy was adopted on 12 June 2018. It expresses the broad goal of striving for a 50:50 vehicle and active/public transport split. To achieve this goal, the Strategy promotes an increase in walking, cycling and public transport trips; and increased efficiency on key driving routes.