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Your say – Audience discussion on transport infrastructure gaps at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Policies, Research by Ferne Edwards on April 1st, 2008

As part of the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Mobility, 17 March, our sponsors, GAMUT – The Australasian Centre for the Governance And Management of Urban Transport led a discussion with four questions about sustainable transport issues for our cities. Please find a list of the audience’s responses below. Please note: That as these questions were handwritten some of the responses were too difficult to read.

DISCUSSION QUESTION 1. When it comes to mobility what is the REAL infrastructure gap?
lack of integration of different modes of travel
continuity between cycling lanes, safety for cyclists to increased separation/ protection from cars
increased frequency of trains, particularly at night/ weekends
introduce tolls/ private roads with variable pricing to reduce congestion during peak hour an increase road utilization during low demand times. Also providing a more level playing field between various forms of transport.
Solid commitments
Why do we need more roads?
Infrastructure is not only the ‘hardware but the ‘software = how people use service levels timing safety etc.
Need smaller cities
Live locally, work locally
Better infrastructure out in the outer suburbs
Loss of roads should be factored into cost per person
Lack of continuity in transport options eg. Banning bikes from trains
Three orbital train networks outside of the city, stretching to the outer suburbs
How to increase the accessibility of walking infrastructure
More comfortable environment, greens
Less street crossings
Easy to catch public transport
I think the real infrastructure gap is understanding societys constantly evolving expectations. Affordability issues are placing bigger demands on the “right” type of infrastructure, eg. More afforadable housing in Melbournes outer suburbs yet transport infrastructure is inadequate and leading to car dependency
Real infrastructure gap is lack of swic public transport TIMETABLE
– Community – lack of
– Culture – immediacy, comfort our consideration
– Consumer (orientation) – not designed for end use
– Retrofitted – adapt to whats there
Information on local services
The infrastructure gap is between inner and outer urban areas
Light rail for outer suburbs
Buses are not user-friendly
Local employment
Interconnections – modes of transport
Work & home & other services needed must be in range of appropriate transport
Access to decent transport (not buses because they are too limiting) trains and trams must stay at stations/ stops but buses dont
People who dont conform & to able body requirement (disabled, pregnant, aged, children, people with walkers, prams, wheelchairs, shopping jeeps) are the real mobility gap, particularly those in outer areas
Sustainably minded
Poor interconnection between alternative modes eg. Lack of pedestrian crossings every 50 – 100 metres like Zurich – in 60 km zones requiring drivers to be ready to stop
Connectivity of train/ bus/ tram as in Copenhagen
Met subway system and relocate road spaces to give cyclists, scooters, etc, space
Cultural infrastructure gap – the gap is “sustainable mindset”
Enough road network – Use existing infrastructure better
What about reallocate road space for walking and cycling?
Freight – dont need more roads just better timing & use of existing. Eg. 3am use uncrowded roads for freight
Sharing of space for community

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