Posts Tagged ‘sustainable transport’

Ride to Work Day 2009

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 7th, 2009

Source: Ride to Work , Bicycle Victoria

ride to work 09

Ride to Work Day on Wednesday 14 October 2009 is entering its third year nationally and aiming for a participation of 141,000 workers across Australia.

Ride to Work is a behaviour change program that encourages workers to feel good and have fun by commuting to work by bike and experiencing the health, financial and environmental benefits. Make your ride count and register for free today at Read the rest of this entry »

Alliance urges Govt to rebalance transport budget

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on June 24th, 2009

Source: Sustainable Cities, Australian Conservation Foundation

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Image: RAATA

A new report by the Rapid Active & Affordable Transport Alliance (RAATA),  Investing in sustainable transport: Our clean, green transport future, urges the Federal Government to catch up on years of neglect by investing two thirds of the transport budget in public and active transport measures.  Speaking at the report launch in Canberra, ACF executive director Don Henry said public and active transport infrastructure has been neglected for too long and some money allocated to roads should be spent on public and active transport infrastructure.

“Climate change and peak oil are key challenges for Australia. Investment in public and active transport infrastructure will help make Australia more sustainable, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help wean us off our addiction to oil,” Mr Henry said.

Source: Sustainable Cities, Australian Conservation Foundation

The Commonbike Model – Can we borrow your legs for three weeks?

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on May 12th, 2009

Bicycle sharing is a public system of transport using a collective of bicycles: Bicycle stations are placed throughout a city where for a small fee you can rent a bicycle, ride it, utilize it, enjoy it, then return it to the same or a different station convenient to your use and location. (Common Bike)

Common BikeCommon BicycleRMIT

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Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport Public Forum

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 25th, 2009

Do we understand the extent to which global change will shape our cities? How liveable will our cities be in the future? What will they look like? How many people will be living in them by 2050 and 2100? Where will the food come from to feed them? What resources will be available to maintain and operate city services and its infrastructure? How much of the infrastructure we are building today will have value in the future? Do we really know what future we should be planning for? – These are critical questions that should be reflected in government policy yet almost all of today’s planning policies continue to be based on business as usual approaches. This forum aims to address these questions and consider the implications for city and transport planning.

Complete and return Registration Form and Payment by Monday 23rd March 2009 by fax, mail or as outlined below:
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Electric Bikes & Trikes for Aust Post

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on December 9th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #87, 25 November 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“Posties have begun a trial of electric bicycles and tricycles in a plan to combat soaring fuel prices and be more environmentally friendly. Australia Post staff will take to bikes in Adelaide first but plans to roll out the trial to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. …. ‘We are testing electric bicycles and tricycles, which are more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly ways to deliver the mail than motorbikes, spokesman Joshua Zugajev said.‘We have no intention to replace all our motorcycles, but rising fuel costs and a need for cleaner forms of transport mean trialling these electric bikes makes perfect sense,” Mr Zugajev said. The electric bicycles and tricycles were quicker than walking, made less noise than motorcycles, were virtually pollution-free and used rechargeable ion batteries, he added. They are assisted by an electric motor, which means the rider still pedals but receives a significant boost from the motor.”
Ref: Elissa Doherty, Courier Mail, 28/9/08


Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 13th, 2008

Future Leaders and Melbourne Conversations invite you to join us at BMW Edge on 19 November at 6.00pm

How will we manage new technology, transport infrastructure, planning, congestion, location disadvantage, development of transport corridors, and the social & environmental impact of future transport decisions?

Time: Wednesday 19 November, 6pm to 7.30pm: entry from 5.30pm
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Cnr. Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Speakers (alphabetical order)
PROFESSOR ROB ADAMS – Director, Design & Urban Environment, City of Melbourne
DR JAGO DODSON – Senior Research Fellow, Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Brisbane
PROFESSOR NICHOLAS LOW – Director, Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport, University of Melbourne.
PROFESSOR WILLIAM J MITCHELL – Director MIT Design Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS CATH SMITH – CEO, Victorian Council of Social Service, Melbourne
Moderator: MR PETER MARES – Journalist and Broadcaster ABC Radio National “The National Interest”

Future Leaders in partnership with Melbourne Conversations is presenting this event. Melbourne Conversations is the City of Melbourne’s program of free talks.

Effective car pooling arrangements report

Posted in Research by Devin Maeztri on September 17th, 2008

Darren McClelland wrote a 22-page paper on the potentials and challenges of car pooling.

“This paper is for people who, in either a professional or personal capacity, have an interest in reducing the volume of single-occupant vehicles on metropolitan streets. Fewer vehicles on our streets will relieve congestion and provide environmental, economic and social benefits.

The Victorian Government promotes car pooling through its TravelSmart program. However as this paper explores, the effectiveness of TravelSmart’s car pooling arrange- ments appears to be very limited as it is focussed on a small number of workplaces in Melbourne.”

Click Advocating for Effective Car Pooling Arrangements to download the report.

Walktober – Walking changes your world!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 16th, 2008

Freight transport in a carbon constrained economy report

Posted in Research by on August 14th, 2008

The abstract below discusses freight as an important part of the climate change agenda. Please note that this topic is also the speciality of one of the presenters, Elizabeth Boulton from Logistick – Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions, at the upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table. The abstract below was posted on Australian Policy Online. To refer to the original posting please visit

Freight transport in a carbon constrained economy
National Transport Commission / Rare Consulting
Posted: 28-07-2008

This report discusses the key issues for addressing growing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport. The report proposes actions for managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport over the longer term.

The paper has been developed to promote and inform the debate about the future operation of the Australian freight transport sector within a carbon constrained economy by providing:

  • a discussion of the relative contribution of freight transport sector emissions to national greenhouse emissions in Australia;
  • key issues for future strategies for reducing freight transport;
  • the role of governments in climate change policy;
  • the impact of the national emissions trading scheme on the freight transport sector;
  • identification of some of the current and future measures that could be pursued to reduce emissions from freight transport; and
  • a proposed set of actions to develop a national strategy to reduce emissions from the freight sector over the longer term. Feedback from the consultation phase of this discussion paper will be used to help develop this national strategy.

National Transport Commission


Melbourne’s sustainable transport: cycling

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on January 17th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #42, 15 January 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar,

Sustainable Transport: Cycling
“The number of cyclists entering central Melbourne has doubled in the past year, according to the first comprehensive study of cycling in the City of Melbourne. [The] inaugural Bicycle Account summarises cycling trends, behaviour and safety in the CBD and inner suburbs.

A copy of the account obtained by The Age shows:
♦ Cyclists account for 8 per cent of all trips in the morning peak, up from 4 per cent last year.
♦ On-road cycling increased by 10 per cent and off-road by 20 per cent.
♦ Cyclists make up 22 per cent of traffic on St Kilda Road.

The number of cycling accidents is also decreasing. In 2005, there were 155 crashes, dropping to 146 in 2006. In the year so far, only 46 road crashes have been recorded. Crash figures could be much higher as many incidents go unreported or police are unable to prosecute because cyclists have been thrown from their bikes and cannot identify other vehicles involved.

But only 46 per cent of cyclists surveyed in the data said they felt safe riding in the City of Melbourne and 41 per cent said cyclists observed road rules. Lord Mayor John So said cycling had become a preferred mode of traffic in the CBD. ‘More than half of cyclists surveyed for this initiative described Melbourne as a cycle-friendly city. We want to ensure that even more cyclists share that view in the future, he said.

Ref: Stephen Moynihan and David Rood The Age 17/10/07

Republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #42, 15 January 2008.

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