Transport

Six level crossings in Darebin will be removed as part of the State Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project.

Level Crossing Removal projects are State Government projects and Council's role in these projects is as a stakeholder, not a decision maker. Council is advocating for the best outcome for the community to minimise disruption , achieve better design outcomes for our community, and protect trees and heritage as much as possible. Council officers are regularly visiting local businesses and listening to their feedback. We are advocating on behalf of businesses and communicating their needs to the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) throughout the construction period.

Which level crossings are gone?
The Grange Road level crossing in Alphington was removed in 2018, with the train line lowered under Grange Road.

Which level crossings removals are underway?
The Reservoir level crossing removal project is well underway and includes construction of a new station and elevated rail. Trains will continue to operate during most of the construction period, with alternative access routes for road traffic, and changes in place for pedestrians. Works are scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.
For project updates, visit: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/high-street-reservoir

Which level crossings will be removed?
Four more Darebin level crossings will be removed, with new stations built at Preston and Bell. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Find out more information about each project at the Level Crossings website via the links below:

I have a question about Level Crossing Removals
The Reservoir level crossing removal project is funded and delivered by the State Government.

If you have a question about design and construction, contact the Level Crossing Removal Project via email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or call 1800 105 105.

For project updates and to sign up for email updates, visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/high-street-reservoir

For service disruption updates visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions. Plan your travel on public transport using the PTV Journey Planner.

For questions about changes to parking, call Darebin City Council on (03) 8470 8888.

How can Council help?
Level Crossing Removal projects are State Government projects and Council's role in these projects is as a stakeholder, not a decision maker. However we are advocating on behalf of the community for the best outcomes. We may able to help with:

  • Parking arrangements during improvement works
  • Support to local businesses disrupted by the works
  • Traffic management and public safety
  • The retention of trees along the rail corridor

You can speak to Council staff, along with Level Crossing Removal Project staff, at drop in information sessions held every Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm at the Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes St Reservoir.

Where can I park my car?
Reservoir station will be LXRP’s major construction site, accommodating temporary station buildings, site facilities, and construction equipment. All commuter car parks at Reservoir Station will be closed from 15 January until early 2020.

LXRP is providing alternative parking options in the following places:

  • 90 car spaces at Regent Station
  • 80 car spaces at Keon Park Station
  • 50 car spaces along Macartney Street
  • 46 car spaces along Cheddar Road

Passengers requiring accessible parking are advised to use neighbouring stations listed above. Please observe all safety signs and instructions that are in place.

Council is regularly reviewing and refining parking arrangements throughout the project to ensure there is as much space available as possible for residents, workers and customers.

Council has introduced the following changes to parking:

  • All day parking spaces on Byfield Street
  • All day parking spaces on Ralph Street
  • Parking on the east side of the former Reservoir Library in the Ralph Street car park changed to 2P
  • Parking on the west side of Ralph Street car park will be restricted to 1P between 7am-9am

View a detailed map of all current parking changes.

If you have questions or feedback about these changes, call Darebin City Council on (03) 8470 8888.

#LoveRezza – share your photos to celebrate the changing face of Reservoir.
Historic change is taking place in the heart of Reservoir with the Level Crossing Removal works well underway, transforming the intersection as the railway bridge takes shape. During this time of change, local traders are still open for business, so make sure you continue to shop local. Check out Council’s series of videos sharing the stories of some of the local businesses and why they love Rezza.

You can also spread the Rezza love and celebrate the changing face of Reservoir by sharing your photos old and new. Whether it's a photo of the local shops from decades ago, or a snap of you today enjoying a coffee in your favourite café – if it's in Rezza then we'd love to see it! Share your images on social media and tag #LoveRezza!

Keep an eye on Council’s social media over the coming months for competitions, events and giveaways as part of our #LoveRezza campaign.

Bike riding is a great way to get around Darebin and we have lots on offer to make it as enjoyable and safe as possible.

Bike riding

Darebin Loves Bikes e-newsletter
Sign up here to be the first to know about Darebin bike programs and news. 

Bike Skills Workshops - October 2019

Do you already know how to ride a bike, but need a skills or confidence boost? This October we are offering a range of low-cost workshops for adults including:

  • Back on Your Bike (for over 45s) - Wednesday 9 October - 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm*
  • On-road Bike Confidence - Saturday 12 October - 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Women on Wheels (with a female instructor) - Sunday 20 October - 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Basic Bike Maintenance - Sunday 6 and 27 October - 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

*Book Back on Your Bike before 5 October with special promo code GETINTOIT for FREE registration if you are a Darebin resident

For more information, dates, times and to register, see our Eventbrite registration page.

One-on-One Bike Skills Training - year-round
If you need more personalised training we also offer one-on-one training for all residents of all ages throughout the year. Our friendly instructors begin with the absolute basics like how to walk along with a bike, get on and off gracefully, start off, pedal and stop safely. Recipients of Centrelink payments or in social housing may be eligible to participate in this training program at no cost.

For more details and to register, see our Eventbrite registration page

Bike events in Seniors Month
The 2019 Darebin Springtime Community Events booklet is jam-packed with bike events for Seniors Month this October. There are bike rides with Darebin Bicycle User Group, an Open Morning at WeCycle and bike skills workshops including Basic Bike Maintenance and Back on Your Bike for older adults.

National Ride2Work Day - Wednesday 16 October 2019
Join thousands of other riders across Darebin taking part in National Ride2Work Day this October. If you've never ridden to work before there's never been a better time to give it a go. Darebin's Cycle Angels will be stationed at four Bike Repair Stations from 6.30 am to 9.30 am* to provide a helping hand. Say hello and ride away with fully inflated tyres and a reflective Darebin Loves Bikes ankleband. 

Darebin workplaces are encouraged to host a breakfast or morning tea to celebrate the event. Let us know your plans by emailing darebinlovesbikes@darebin.vic.gov.au to receive Darebin Loves Bikes reflective anklebands and TravelSmart Maps for your workplace. The winner of the Bike N Blend tandem smoothie bike package for 2019 was NARA Community Early Learning Centre in Preston.

Public Bike Repair Stations
Our public Bike Repair Stations allow you to easily complete on-the-go repairs on your bike on any day and at any time. The following repair stations include a pump and basic tools to help you complete minor maintenance on your bike: 

Not sure how to use a bike repair station? Find help online at www.bikefixation.com/help.

TravelSmart Maps
Our TravelSmart Map shows on-road bike lanes, off-road riding trails and safe bike-riding routes, as well as walking paths, public toilets, water fountains and public transport information, including tram and train maps. 

You can collect a printed and folded, pocket-sized copy from one of our Customer Service Centres or Libraries.

If you're after a TravelSmart Map for other parts of Melbourne and Victoria, see the VicRoads website.

New bridge on Darebin Creek Trail                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Council has recently completed construction of a new steel bridge over Darebin Creek, at the eastern end of Rathcown Road, Kingsbury. Shared concrete paths have also been constructed to connect Rathcown Rd to Tee St, and towards Bundoora Park.

The bridge and adjoining paths provide the missing link in the local shared path network and also provide a safer route by avoiding roads and vehicular traffic. The cost of the project is approximately $700,000, which represents a significant investment for cyclists, pedestrians and the local community. Construction was within budget and on time.

This now means that 26 kilometres of the Darebin Creek Trail is now entirely off-road from Kew East to Epping.

The Victorian Government provided half of the cost through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning after advocacy from the Northern Trails Strategy, which is a partnership between the Cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.   It aims to create a wide network of trails throughout the northern regions of Melbourne.
 
 The project includes:   

  • A new steel bridge.

  • New 3-metre wide shared concrete paths on both sides.

  • Landscaping

  • Handrails and balustrades.

  • A robust fibreglass non-slip deck.

  • Solar lights within the bridge deck.

  • Links to the existing network of shared paths.

Works were completed and opened to the public in mid-May 2019. New wayfinding signage along the Darebin Creek Trail was also part funded by through this partnership, and is being installed in 2019.

Shimmy Bike Routes
With directional signage, road markings and maps, it's easy to shimmy your way through Darebin's back streets and avoid the main roads.  We have a map of the new Great Western Shimmy route, as well as a map of our Other Shimmy routes. You can view all of Darebin’s shimmy routes together in this google map.

Bike Parking Hoops
Do your ride to your favourite shop or cafe and find it hard to park your bike? Do you wish there was more bike parking near your local school or community centre?  If so, please email darebinlovesbikes@darebin.vic.gov.au If you own or manage a local business or organisation and would like more bike parking for your customers and clients, please complete our Bicycle Hoops Request online form.

Bike Parking at Train Stations
There are Parkiteer bike cages at Preston and Reservoir train stations. Parkiteers offer free, secure, undercover bike parking right near the station entrance. Access is available 24 hours by security pass which requires a $50 refundable deposit. Sign up at Parkiteer or call 1300 546 526. 

Free Portable Bike Parking Hire 
Local schools and community organisations can hire our portable bike rack at no cost. It can accommodate up to 10 bikes, fits in the back of a car and is easy to set up. It's a great way to encourage visitors to ride to your event. Email darebinlovesbikes@darebin.vic.gov.au for more information.

St Georges Road Bike Counter
In partnership with the Darebin Bicycle User Group, we have installed a solar powered bike counter on the St Georges Road shared path. Sensors in the path detect when a bike passes and the counter shows how many people have ridden past that day, and for the year to date. Over 500,000 bikes are counted on the path every year, and this number is growing. View the latest data here.

Local Bike Shops and Mechanics

Community Bike Groups

  • Darebin Bicycle User Group - a local group that campaigns for better cycling conditions and organises rides to suit cyclists of all abilities.
  • Wecycle and BikeLinx - two volunteer groups that recycle and re-condition and re-home bikes with people who need them.

Other Useful Apps and Websites

Related Links

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8683
Email: darebinlovesbikes@darebin.vic.gov.au

A short video about Darebin's bike Shimmy routes

We are working towards creating a walkable community in Darebin.

Darebin Walking Strategy 2018-2028
A quality walking environment is critical to the success of a sustainable, functional and liveable place to be. The Darebin Walking Strategy 2018-2028 was adopted by Council on November 8th 2018, and provides an evidence-based approach to kick-start the long term investment into walking in Darebin. This important Strategy supports important social, environmental and economic outcomes, specifically those relating to wellbeing, social inclusion, and sustainability. For more information, feel free to view or download the Darebin Walking Strategy 2018-2028, or contact us for more details. 

Walking maps
The Merri Creek Trail map provides information about the local walking and cycling routes, leisure facilities, public transport and parklands along the Merri Creek shared path.

Our TravelSmart Map shows bike-riding routes, walking paths, public transport information including tram and train maps, public toilets and water fountains to help you get around. 

You can collect a printed and folded, pocket-sized copy from one of our Customer Service Centres or Libraries.

If you're after a TravelSmart Map for other parts of Melbourne and Victoria, please check out the VicRoads website.

Walking Groups
We support many Walking Groups across the municipality. These groups are run by volunteers and aim to get more people out and about walking in a friendly environment. 

A Walking Action Group may also interest you - these groups help improve the local environment for walking. Visit Victoria Walks for more information.

Visit our Community Directory for a listing of Walking Groups. Contact details for some of these groups are also provided in our TravelSmart Map (above). To create your own group, contact us for more details.

Improving Our Paths
We are currently developing a Principal Pedestrian Network which will prioritise and guide the way the we upgrade our walking infrastructure. We also commissioned the St Georges Road Share Path Safety Audit in 2013 which has highlighted areas for us to improve, and also supports us when advocating to other stakeholders that are responsible for the path and its surrounds. 

Updates from the Darebin Sustainable Transport Team
You can sign up for updates on transport projects and programs being managed by Darebin City Council by using the form here.

The City of Darebin is well serviced by public transport.

In Darebin we have the Mernda and Hurstbridge train lines, the 11 and 86 tram lines, and many bus routes.

To obtain information about a particular service use the Public Transport Victoria website – it is excellent for planning trips and obtaining route and timetable information.

A detailed map of all the public transport options can be viewed here.

Alternatively you can call PTV on 1800 800 007 for timetables and route planning advice. For TTY, call (03) 9619 2727.

Information in other languages
To receive public transport information in other languages, you can call the translated phone numbers listed on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Tips for using Myki
Myki is Melbourne's public transport ticketing system. Myki passes are used to travel on all trains, trams and buses in Zones 1 and 2.

For information about using Myki including where to buy one, which type to choose, topping up, touching on and off or registering your Myki visit: Public Transport Victoria or call 1800 800 007.

TravelSmart Maps
Our TravelSmart Map shows bike-riding routes, walking paths, public transport information including tram and train maps, public toilets and water fountains to help you get around. 

You can collect a printed and folded, pocket-sized copy from one of our Customer Service Centres or Libraries.

If you're after a TravelSmart Map for other parts of Melbourne and Victoria, please check out the VicRoads website.

Reservoir Level Crossing Removal Project
Work has begun on the Reservoir level crossing removal project, which includes construction of a new station and elevated rail. The removal of this level crossing and construction of a new station precinct is an important investment in our community and will create a more vibrant, connected, and safer public space for Reservoir. Please refer to the below FAQs for more information about the project.

1. Who do I contact if I have questions on the Reservoir level crossing removal project?
The Reservoir level crossing removal project is funded and delivered by the State Government.
For all enquiries relating to design and construction, contact the Level Crossing Removal Authority via email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or call 1800 105 105.
For project updates and to sign up for email updates, visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/high-street-reservoir
For service disruption updates visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions. Plan your travel on public transport using the PTV Journey Planner.
For questions about changes to parking, call Darebin City Council on (03) 8470 8888.

2. What is Darebin City Council’s role in the Reservoir level crossing removal project?
Level Crossing Removal projects are State Government projects and Council's role in these projects is as a stakeholder, not a decision maker. Council is advocating for the best outcome for the community to minimise disruption throughout construction, achieve better design outcomes for our community, and protect trees and heritage as much as possible. Council officers are regularly visiting local businesses and listening to their feedback. We are advocating on behalf of businesses and communicating their needs to the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) to minimise disruption throughout the construction period.

3. How will parking be affected at Reservoir Station?
Reservoir station will be LXRA’s major construction site, accommodating temporary station buildings, site facilities, and construction equipment. All commuter carparks at Reservoir Station will be closed from 15 January until early 2020.

LXRA is providing alternative parking options in the following places:

  • 80 parking spaces at Keon Park Station
  • 50 parking spaces along McCartney Street
  • 46 spaces along Cheddar Road
  • 100 spaces on Cameron Street near Moreland Station

Click here to view a detailed map of all current parking changes.

4. What is Council doing to help with parking?
We will regularly review and refine parking arrangements throughout the project to ensure there is as much space available as possible for residents, workers and customers.

Council is introducing the following changes to parking:

  • All day parking spaces on Byfield Street
  • All day parking spaces on Ralph Street
  • Parking on the east side of the former Reservoir Library in the Ralph Street car park changed to 2P

Click here to view a detailed map of all current parking changes.

If you have questions or feedback about these changes, call Darebin City Council on (03) 8470 8888.

5. What protections are in place for trees and vegetation?
LXRA has advised that the removal of vegetation and trees within the station precinct and along the rail corridor is required for the construction of the new elevated rail and station. Expert arborists and wildlife handlers are undertaking a detailed assessment and working to identify ways to minimise impacts on local flora and fauna. A landscape plan is being developed for the the new station precinct. More information will be made available this year. Council is working with the LXRA to ensure the best outcomes for the community as we plan for a greener, bolder, more connected city.

6. Will the roads be upgraded?
The LXRA is responsible only for the removal of level crossings. Road improvements are not included in this stage of the project. Council has long advocated for a roads package for Reservoir, and the State Government has committed to ensuring the level crossing removal works will enable road improvements to be constructed later. Council will continue to advocate to State Government for investment in the roads network.

7. How long will the project take?
The Level Crossing Removal project is due for completion in 2020.

 

Updates from the Darebin Sustainable Transport Team
You can sign up for updates on transport projects and programs being managed by Darebin City Council by using the form here.

 

Whether you would like to walk, cycle, or scoot it to school, we have lots of information on how to make active travel education, events and programs simple and fun for your school.

Kick start healthy, active travel for students at your school with these initiatives and resources.

Walk to School Month

This October schools in Darebin will be joining hundreds of schools across Victoria to encourage primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to school as part of VicHealth's Walk to School month. It's the perfect time to start some good habits and give your kids a jump start on the 60 minutes of daily physical exercise they need each day.

Twenty-one local primary schools took part last October and recorded over 78,800 walks, rides and scoots to school – we could have run a relay race around the earth and gone half way around again!

To help motivate families this year, fruit has been offered to schools who registered early. There are also competitions and participation prizes that include smoothie bike hire, spot prizes and fun incursions and excursions. First-time participating schools will receive $300 sports equipment vouchers.  Also, in another first, schools have been invited to partner with Council in a student-led Walkshop, to help them brainstorm and plan their own events and activities. 

Keep a look out for your local school crossing supervisors, sporting Walk to School colours of blue and purple, who are championing Walk to School Month and pledging their support by hosting their own roadside activities for kids. 

For information about the program in Darebin, contact the Darebin Safe Travel team email safetravel@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 9470 8383. VicHealth also has some good tips at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au

Octopus Schools

Council is in its third year of the Octopus School Program, a program aimed at making walking, cycling, skating and scooting to school safe, easy and fun for families. The Octopus School Program will engage a local primary school for intensive assistance during 2019/20 financial year, including receiving over $150,000 investment in the school precinct and up to $50,000 to support active travel programs. Information on how to apply was provided to all Darebin primary schools and applications closed on 30 August 2019.

Newlands Primary School was selected as the second school in Darebin to take part in the Octopus School program in early 2019. They have received new bike and scooter parking that will now shelter 18 bikes and 18 scooters from the weather, and a local artist has just finished installing some fence art that celebrates active travel. A student and parent survey that was recently undertaken by the schools showed some fantastic statistics about families and students travelling actively to school – a parent workshop around these results was undertaken and some initiatives are currently being planned by the school and parents to keep this up.

Reservoir West Primary School piloted the Octopus School Program during 2018. This included intensive consultation with the school to determine an approach to increase the numbers of students walking, cycling and scooting to school. The school is now running Bike Ed for all students in Grade 3 to Grade 6, with the use of their brand new fleet of 18 bicycles, stored in their newly built bike shed. The Student Representative Council have been running a weekly active travel competition, and in 2018 a competition was held to design decals that were applied to the road surface outside the school. The image below shows the active travel mural that students help design as part of the program.

Reservoir West Primary School Active Travel Art Mural

Active Routes to School

As part of the Octopus School program, Council have been assisting to map active routes to school. Directional decals (footpath stickers) showing the time to ride or walk have been placed along 3 different routes to both Octopus Schools – Reservoir West and Newlands Primary. Active routes for two other schools that are working towards Octopus School status have also been mapped. Thornbury Primary School and William Ruthven Primary School have had 3 routes each mapped and directions decals installed – some student designs have been printed as decals too and installed along these routes.

If your school applied to become an Octopus School and was unsuccessful, contact the Safe Travel Officer to talk about other ways to achieving Octopus School status.

Bike Fleet Giveaway
Reservoir East Primary School were the successful recipients of Council’s fourth annual Bike Fleet Giveaway. The grant program offers a bike fleet to one Darebin primary school to assist in the delivery of its bike education program. The grant has enabled past recipients Bell Primary School, Kingsbury Primary School and Preston West Primary School to provide students with training in cycling safety and safe travel, to help them get active and ride their bikes to school. Reservoir East Primary School will now also be able to deliver the program, with bikes available for students who do not have one, or live too far from school to bring their own.

Applications for the next Bike Fleet Giveaway will be open in early 2020.

To find out more contact Council's Safe Travel Officer on (03) 8470 8286 or safetravel@darebin.vic.gov.au

Delivering Bike Ed in your school

Bike Ed is designed to help children in grades 3-6 develop skills to ride safely and independently on roads and paths. It involves a mix of practical and classroom activities. We can help fund teachers to undertake accredited Bike Ed instructor training. We can also source volunteers to assist teachers with Bike Ed delivery. 

Take a look at the reading below, and find out all the ways Bike Ed can benefit your students:

We can also provide small amounts of cycle parking, advice and grant possibilities for larger bike parking requirements in and around the school, as well as prizes if you are running active travel promotions and events. 

Bike Ed Evaluation  
As Council supports local schools to run Bike Ed, we wanted to assess the outcomes for students that participate in this program. We asked students, parents and teachers to complete surveys before, immediately after, and three months after students completed Bike Ed. We found the following:

  • The majority of students greatly increased their confidence levels. This was also observed by their parents
  • The abilities needed to ride a bike were all found to improve, including riding in a straight line and using brakes
  • The number of parents confident in their children’s road rules knowledge increased by 150%
  • More than two thirds of students said they were riding more and 43% of parents observed their child riding more
  • 71% of parents are confident that their child can ride a bike safely - an increase from 63% in the before survey
  • 93% of parents felt the course had met their expectations

See the full evaluation report

For more information and to run Bike Ed in your school contact us.

Metro Trains Community Education Unit
Metro Community Education Unit will come out to your school to talk about safe travel on public transport and teach students about journey planning, ticketing and behaviour. Presentations can be tailored to areas of interest including assisting Grade 6 students with the transition to high school.

Walking School Bus - How to get started
A Walking School Bus is a group who walk to and from school along a set route picking up ‘passengers’ along the way. The bus is accompanied by at least two parents with one at the front, and another supervising at the back. It is a fun, energetic way to travel to school while also learning about street safety.

To find out how to run one, visit the VicHealth website. A Walking School Bus can run everyday or as little as one morning or afternoon a week. Consider dedicating one day to Walk Once a Week or Walk on Wednesday.  Victoria Walks Smart Steps initiative features great ways to engage your family and school community in walking more. 

School Travel Plans
School Travel Plans support an increase in students’ active travel to school whilst reducing the pick-up and drop-off traffic problems schools face. 

Your school can also create a School Travel Plan to outline your objectives and approach.  The Creative Communities website also features a Traffic Tamers School Program Manual which is another approach to encouraging active travel in schools.

 

Resources

Further Information
Safe Travel Officer
Email: safetravel@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone: 8470 8383

If you would like to make an enquiry or complaint about transport issues in your area, please contact our Customer Service Team. You can also find information about how traffic complaints are handled at the Traffic Concerns page. 
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

We are committed to safer speeds and conditions for all, with a focus on those who are particularly vulnerable including people who are walking and riding, children and the elderly.

Safe Travel Strategy
The Safe Travel Strategy 2010-2015 was a great success, and you can read our Outcomes and Achievements report outlining the great work that happened during the life of the Strategy. The new Safe Travel Strategy 2018-2028 is now available to view or download. This Strategy aims to make travel safe and easy for all, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable road users in our community - pedestrians, bike riders, children, people with disabilities, and older adults. Aligned with the Towards Zero policy, we hope our work results in less crashes and serious injury to our road users, and increased use of sustainable modes of transport.
 
Speed Limit Changes in Darebin
Lower speed limits are demonstrated to make our streets safer, and more inviting for people of all ages to walk or ride. According to leading research from the Monash Accident Research Centre, a driver who travels at 50 km/hr in a high pedestrian activity area exposes pedestrians to, on average, a four-fold increase in the risk of death in the event of a collision, compared with a travel speed of 40 km/hr.

The Darebin Council Plan 2017-2021 commits that we will reduce the speed limit to 40 km/hr across 30% of the municipality. We are now implementing these speed limit reductions in local residential areas with existing vehicle speeds, road layout, presence of traffic management devices and VicRoads criteria for speed limit reductions guiding the project.

We are currently lowering the speed limit to 40 km/hr on local residential streets in Fairfield/Alphington within the boundary defined by the Hurstbridge Train Line, Darebin Creek, Heidelberg Road and Victoria Road. The following roads are not affected by this change: Victoria Road, Westgarth Street, Heidelberg Road, Grange Road and Station Street. Further information on the next stages of the project will be distributed as we work through the statutory processes with VicRoads.

This document outlines the changes that have taken place in Darebin, including; reductions from 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr, reductions to 40 km/hr in shopping strips and around schools, and area wide reductions to 40 km/hr in local residential areas.
 
We have a history of advocating to VicRoads for reduced speeds on local roads, in particular those that feature high pedestrian and cyclist use. This commitment to safer speeds is mandated in the Darebin Transport Strategy 2007-2027. We are encouraged by the growing community support in this area.

School Zones

40km/h speed limits around schools are in place to protect children as they walk and ride to school. The Victorian Speed Zone Guidelines were updated in 2013 to allow the extension of these 40km/h zones around schools to include major crossing points for students.  
Street Events
If you are planning a street event you can find out how to go about it in our Street Parties Kit. The kit also includes information about applying for free public liability insurance.

Further Information
We have more information about traffic issues at our Traffic Concerns page. 

Updates from the Darebin Sustainable Transport Team
You can sign up for updates on transport projects and programs being managed by Darebin City Council by using the form here.

If you would like to make an enquiry or comment on transport in your area, please contact our Customer Service Team.
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

We are working on creating high-quality places for people to walk and ride, with inviting streetscapes and improved road safety.

What is Streets for People? 

Council is committed to increasing sustainable transport through safer streets for walking and cycling. As a result, we have commenced working towards the transformation of a number of key active transport corridors across Darebin. The “Streets for People“ program will re-imagine what a local street in metropolitan Melbourne can be for the community and its various users. This includes the following visions and objectives:

  • Prioritise sustainable transport modes, through safe, functional and inviting streets for those who live, work or study in the local area.
  • Introduce streetscaping, landscaping and place-making designs that ensure lower speeds.
  • Provide high quality corridors for those who walk and ride, connecting to public transport and across major roads.
  • Work closely with the community and respond to local issues, as a leading example of how this work can be done.

Northern Reservoir Corridor and Preston Activity Link

This year we have been investigating our second and third Streets for People corridors.

The Northern Reservoir Corridor follows Broadhurst Avenue from the east to High Street, then Crookston Road from Cheddar Road, to McMahon Road and the Darebin Creek Trail. You can view the maps of these study areas on our Streets for People Information Flyer.

  • During March 2019, we invited our community to have their say on these corridors, and in May we asked for your feedback on our draft concept plans. We have now collated your feedback on the draft concepts, and are seeking your final thoughts on the concepts before presenting the strategy to Council for endorsement.
  • Feedback for the Northern Reservoir Corridor has been collected, and will be presented to Council, along with the final strategy, in November for endorsement. Head to the Northern Reservoir Corridor Your Say page for more information.

The Preston Activity Link follows Eric Street from Elizabeth Street in the west, and continues along Cramer Street to St Georges Road. It also includes Gower Street from Plenty Road to Chifley Drive in the west, before linking with the Darebin Creek Trail near Northland Shopping Centre.

Northcote-Thornbury Corridor

The selected area for the inaugural Streets for People corridor stretches along the Mernda train line, from Miller Street in Thornbury to Merri Parade in Northcote. This includes Ethel Street, Stott Street, Herbert Street, part of Westbourne Grove, Park Street and part of Charles Street.

Following an extensive study of the area, and working directly with the local community and through a feedback process, the Streets for People Northcote-Thornbury Final Strategy was endorsed by Council on Monday 15th October, 2018. 

The development of this project was majority-funded through VicRoads' funding under the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) which is part of the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Victorian Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan. 

We are now delivering our first package of changes to be delivered during 2019 and 2020.

Feasibility Study

A further eight Streets for People corridors have been identified across Darebin. In total, this will create 60 kilometres of routes across the municipality connecting major transport links and key destinations. The Streets for People Feasibility Study was conducted in 2018 providing an appraisal of each corridor, and recommendations for the most appropriate responses to develop better active transport and equality for all road users. On Monday 15th October 2018, Council endorsed the next two Streets for People corridors. As a result, in late 2018 and 2019, we will be further investigating the Preston Activity Link (Gower Street/Cramer Street) and Northern Reservoir Corridor (Broadhurst Avenue/Crookston Street) for community feedback and design.  

Carsharing provides a cost effective, convenient and sustainable alternative to car ownership.

What is car sharing?
Car sharing is a service that allows people to hire vehicles on demand for short periods of time. Vehicles are parked in dedicated bays and are available to members 24 hours a day. Members benefit from the flexibility of having access to a private vehicle but do not have to pay the costs associated with owning a car. 

Benefits of car sharing
Research has found that each car share vehicle replaces up to 10 privately owned cars. Members of car share schemes also reduce car use by around 50%. Car sharing therefore helps to reduce traffic congestion, parking demand, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Car Sharing in Darebin
There are over 50 car share bays in Darebin provided by FlexiCarGoGet and Popcar. These bays are mostly in Northcote and Westgarth but there are also bays in Thornbury and Preston. We are working with car share companies to expand our car share network.

How does car sharing work?
You register with a car share company, pay a fee and book a car online or by phone. Once you have registered you have access to a network of vehicles in your area which can be booked on an hourly or daily basis. When you hire a vehicle it must be picked up and dropped back to the same spot. The fees cover all expenses, including petrol, insurance, registration and maintenance.

People who drive less that 5,000 km per year usually find car sharing saves them money. Car sharing is perfect for anyone that doesn't need a car every day, or only needs a second car occasionally. It is also a great option for businesses.

Compare the prices, locations and service provision to work out which car share company suits you best.

Some Darebin residents make their own vehicles available for sharing through neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing platform Car Next Door

More Information
Ph: 8470 8683
Email: carshare@darebin.vic.gov.au

We asked shared path users and the wider community to help us develop a new shared path etiquette for Darebin.

St Georges Road Shared Path Works
Safety works have recently been completed on the St Georges Road shared path between Arthurton Road and McCracken Avenue to reduce the grade of the path as it crosses the tram tracks and separate cyclists from pedestrians. This project was identified as a high priority in the St Georges Road Shared Path Safety Audit.

Feedback
We are seeking your feedback on how we can better communicate to shared path users about works and closures in the future. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in this short survey

Darebin Shared Path Etiquette
Darebin has more than 80km of shared paths that are used by thousands of people walking and riding each day. We asked for your help to develop an etiquette that encourages safe, respectful and considerate riding and walking on our shared paths, so everyone can enjoy using them. Four community workshops were held on the St Georges Road shared path during November 2015. Path users were invited to have a conversation and share their ideas for a shared path etiquette. The top 5 have become our new shared path etiquette:

  1. Politely let others know you are overtaking.
  2. Keep left and give space when overtaking.
  3. Ride at a relaxed speed.
  4. Obey traffic signals.
  5. Keep dogs on a leash.

Travel Plans provide information and solutions to reduce car usage in favour of more sustainable modes of transport.

If you are considering alternative forms of transport, they can include public transport, walking, cycling, car-pooling or car share. You may want to check out our TravelSmart Map to help with your planning.

 Benefits of a Travel Plan

  •     Increases the accessibility and marketability of your work site
  •     Reduces the space required for car parking
  •     Staff recruitment and retention improved if there is a range of travel options available
  •     Encourages sustainable travel
  •     Increases personal health and well being

Travel Plans for New Developments

Large developments located in a Priority Development Zone 1 or 2 and have over 1,000 square metres of gross floor area are required to submit an Integrated Transport Plan, including a Travel Plan, as part of the Planning Permit Application process.

Contact us for further information and advice on developing a Travel Plan for your business or development.  

Sustainable Transport Officer
Ph: 8470 8683
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au