Transport

Cycling

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

Bike Skills Workshops
Want to get out on the bike more but need a skills or confidence boost? Our autumn series of bike skills workshops will help you learn more about your bike and how to ride safely on streets and bike paths. 

Workshop One:
Basic Bike Maintenance 
Give your bike some love! This interactive beginners workshop covers the basics of how to look after your bike.  Dates: 2 March, 19 March
Workshop Two:
Back On The Bike
Gain skills and confidence for riding safely on paths and roads. Learn about bike control, stopping, turning, and defensive riding techniques. Dates: 9 March, 25 March
Workshop Three:
Urban Cycling Confidence
Learn the ins and outs of cycling in a range of traffic situations, including positioning, navigating intersections, and bike lanes. Dates: 16 March, 8 April

For more information and to make a booking, visit our event booking page. You can also join our mailing list and be the first to know about upcoming courses. 

Shimmy Bike Routes
A shimmy is a bike route that wiggles its way through quiet back streets avoiding busy main roads. With directional signage, road markings and maps, it's easy to shimmy your way across Darebin by bike.  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.

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 Rd 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 were counted on the path in 2015! The latest data is also available online.

Free Portable Bike Parking Hire
Local schools and community organisations can hire our ace 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 top way to encourage visitors to ride to your event. Email us for more information.

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 the Parkiteer website or call 1300 546 526.

Bike Shops and Mechanics

Plenty Cycles Preston

The Spokesman Thonbruy 

The Bike Lane  Preston 

North City Cycles Thornbury

Pedal Cyclery Preston

Urban Velocity Northcote

Bikes de Ver  Fairfield

Finnigan's Cycle Northcote 

Rays Bikes Preston

 Related Links

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8383
Email: green.travel@darebin.vic.gov.au
A short video about Darebin's bike Shimmy routes

Walking

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We are working towards creating a walkable community in Darebin.
Walking
The Discover Darebin Map and Merri Creek Trail provide information about the local walking and cycling routes, leisure facilities, public transport and parklands.

Our Darebin TravelSmart map provides sustainable transport information including walking and cycling routes on a handy pocket-sized street map.  It also has bike shops, car share pod locations and shopping areas.  You can download all our maps and guides or visit one of Darebin's Customer Service Centers for a hard copy.
 
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. 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. 



Public Transport

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The City of Darebin is well serviced by public transport.

In Darebin we have the South Morang 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
The Darebin TravelSmart map provides all public transport routes in Darebin on a pocket-sized street map.  You can download the map or visit one of Darebin's Customer Service Centres for a hard copy.

 

Travel to School

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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. 

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 fund teachers to undertake accredited Bike Ed instructor training, as well as the provision of casual relief teachers. 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 Transport Officer
Email: green.travel@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

Safe Travel

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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 has been a great success, please read our Outcomes and Achievements. Planning is currently underway for the next Safe Travel Strategy.
 
Speed Limit Changes in Darebin
Northcote’s Sumner Estate became a 40km/h precinct: Darebin’s first 40km/h zone in a residential area that doesn't feature schools, shops or industry. A survey of residents found that 45% of those surveyed have noticed improvements in driver behaviour, and there has been no noticeable increase in travel times. The 40km/h zone has improved road conditions in the neighbourhood, particularly when walking and riding.
 
We have also been working towards consistent speed limits on local, residential roads that were not reduced when the remainder of local roads were reduced to the standard speed of 50km/h in 2001. This document outlines the changes that have taken place in Darebin.
 
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. 

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

Car Share

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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. 

To calculate how much your car costs each year visit the RACV website.

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 20 car share bays in Darebin provided by FlexiCar and GoGet. 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

Shared Paths

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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

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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 may be required to submit a Travel Plan as part of the Planning Permit Application process if your development comprises:

  • 20 or more residential units
  • An office component of 500 square metres or more
  • An industrial component of 1,000 square metres or more
  • Retail premises of 1,000 square metres or more

Contact our Transport Team for information and advice on developing a Travel Plan for your business or development.  

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

Step Out Reservoir

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A walking project held in October and November 2016 to encourage more families walking to local activities and services at the Reservoir Community and Learning Centre.

Help your child find treasure by walking on one of the brand new treasure hunt walking routes. Young children can search for all 6 types of ‘treasure’ on the footpath as they walk to Reservoir Community and Learning Centre on Edwardes Street.  

Download the printable Children’s Treasure Map and activities or collect a hard copy from the Reservoir Library desk. 

Other project activities held from September to November 2016 included pram walking groups, a walking card stamp prize draw and walking themed storytime and craft at Reservoir Library.

More Information
Phone: 8470 8683
Email: green.travel@darebin.vic.gov.au