‘Rat Runs’ and No Parking
A feature of life soon!
What’s the alternative?
Date: Wednesday, 11th July, 2012
Time: 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. start
Venue: St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 281 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick
Speakers: Dr. Bruce Corben (Monash University)
Cr. Narelle Sharpe (Moonee Valley Council)
Cr. Serge Thomann (Port Phillip Council).
Members: No charge
Non-Members: Small Gold Coin Donation
Are you concerned about –
- The increasing incidence of ‘rat runs’ in quiet residential streets?
- The lack of on street parking in residential streets?
- The lack of pedestrian and cyclist safety?
- Council’s lack of response to these issues?
If so, then come along to our community forum and hear about the latest research, what can be done, and how other councils approach these problems.
Glen Eira Council is responsible for traffic management within and around the municipality, Council’s general aim of traffic management “is to ‘calm’ traffic in local streets and direct through traffic to the more major roads”. However, the reality is that Council
- Focuses on main roads
- Adopts a re-active stance rather than a pro-active (Road Safety Strategy – requires 3 casualty crashes before safety issues are considered)
- Does not practice community responsive strategic traffic management. When was the last time you were consulted about traffic and parking in your Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) scheme?
- Doesn’t consider flow-on impact of traffic in local streets when changing conditions in main roads (eg. McKinnon Road speed cushions, decreased speed limits on Glen Huntly Road and Centre Road, Kooyong and Alma Roads intersection trial bicycle design received a petition signed by 243 residents soon after the start of the trial)
- Only budgets for 4-5 traffic calming treatments (speed cushions) per annum in local streets
- Describes residents’ concerns with increased traffic volumes and speeds as “perceived concerns”
What are other Councils doing, what can be done?
- When addressing traffic issues the focus is shifting away from vehicular movement to focussing on the safety of the most vulnerable road users (pedestrians/cyclists) The Road User Hierarchy ranks various road users.
- Goal is zero casualty crashes – if road users persist in unsafe habits (eg speeding), then the road design needs to include traffic calming treatments.
- Address specific neighbourhood needs ie. systematic approach to particular traffic and parking challenges. “Numerous criteria are considered – ranging from resident and community concerns, traffic volumes, traffic speed and accidents, to more proactive criteria such as the number of activity centres and number of facilities that generate a lot of pedestrian and car traffic like railway stations, schools and community centres” – Moonee Valley Council