Streets for People
What is Streets for People?
We are committed to increasing sustainable transport in Darebin by creating safer streets for walking and cycling. To reach this goal, we're transforming a number of key areas for active transport across Darebin. Our Streets for People program re-imagines what a local street in Darebin can be for the community. We are:
- Working closely with you to respond to local issues
- Prioritising sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling
- Using gardens and creative design to slow traffic and make streets safer for everyone
- Connecting our streets to public transport and across major roads
Preston Activity Link
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.
- Following two rounds of community consultation in March 2019 and February 2020, Council endorsed the Preston Activity Link (West) concept designs for the corridor between St Georges Road and James Street at their meeting on Monday 27 April.
- We are now working with the local community to finalise the design for the final section in the western end of the corridor, between James Street and Elizabeth Street.
- You can view the Council Report and endorsed designs on the Preston Activity Link Your Say page.
Croxton West Place-making Project
The Croxton West Place-making Project includes parts of two Streets for People corridors - the Northcote Green Link along Beavers Road and the Great Western Shimmy along Leinster Grove and Woolhouse Street.The remainder of the area includes the streets between St Georges Road and Merri Creek, and Arthurton Road and Normanby Avenue.
- During October 2019 and February 2020 we invited our community to have their say on this area, and developed concept designs that respond to the feedback presented.
- Council endorsed the Croxton west Place-making Project concept designs at its meeting on Monday 27 April 2020.
- You can view the Council Report and endorsed designs on the Croxton West Place-making Project page.
Northern Reservoir Corridor
The Streets for People Northern Reservoir Final Strategy and Concept Designs Report was endorsed by Council on Wednesday 6 November 2019. 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. Council will now begin design and delivery of the priority projects. Thank you to everyone who participated in the three rounds of community engagement and who helped shape the final outcomes.
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 the second package of changes, following construction of seven projects in 2019.
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. The Streets for People Feasibility Study was awarded the Landscape Architecture Award (Landscape Planning) by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in June 2019.