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Transport Strategies

As a community, Bayside faces particular challenges in the future, particularly in the context of an ageing population, climate change and increasing urban density around our shopping areas. Council is responding to these challenges by developing new transport strategies and projects which will help ensure Bayside remains a great place to live and continues to be attractive for business and tourism.

Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy

The Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy (April 2013) sets Council’s direction for transport planning and provision for the next 10 years and beyond.

The Strategy covers all forms of public and community transport, walking, cycling, freight, private vehicular traffic and the street network and provides a policy framework and specific actions designed to achieve a vision of:

Sustainable transport is the mode of choice, facilitated through the creation of a well connected, safe, accessible and convenient transport system that positively contributes to a strong economy, the health and wellbeing of the community and a low carbon future within Bayside.

Five guiding principles have been developed to work towards this vision. They are:

  • Improved local accessibility - Council will prioritise walking and cycling as the preferred modes of transport for short trips in Bayside.
  • Create better public transport connections - Council will work with key partners, such as Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Transport, to improve public transport access to, within and from Bayside. It will also work to maximise the use of community transport services within Bayside.
  • User friendly streets - Council will treat streets as places where people live, work and play and provide access for a range of users in order to deliver a safe, integrated and efficient transport system.
  • Integrated transport and land use - Council will work to ensure that land use development supports sustainable transport use.
  • Improve perceptions and enable choice - Council will work with the community and key stakeholders to raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable travel and actively promote and support its increased use within the community.

Each of these guiding principles are supported by associated policies and actions.

Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy – Background Report

As part of the development of the Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy a Background Report was developed. The Background Report brings together existing policy, data, trends and issues relevant to transport in Bayside, drawn from a mix of research, analysis and stakeholder consultation.

Bayside Bicycle Strategy

The Bayside Bicycle Strategy sets Council’s direction for the development of the bicycle network within the municipality and identifies Council’s position in encouraging and supporting more cycling within the Bayside community. With this in mind, Council’s vision for cycling is:

"To increase cycle use throughout Bayside, facilitated through the development of infrastructure which is safe, well connected, convenient and attractive for cyclists and the promotion of cycling as a healthy and sustainable mode of transport."

Three guiding principles have been developed to work towards this vision. They are:

  • Ensure the provision of high quality bicycle infrastructure across Bayside  – Council will Link existing bicycle facilities and routes both within and outside of Bayside, connect important local destinations and amenities and meet the needs of current and future cyclists.
  • Improve the integration of cycling with land use development, public transport and other key amenities – The provision of end of trip facilities for cyclists and how well cycling is integrated with other sustainable modes of transport will be a major factor in ensuring that cycling is an attractive mode of transport for local trips within Bayside. Council will strengthen the Bayside Planning Scheme to recognise and include travel demand management features, e.g. Travel Plans, and provide secure bicycle parking at key destinations, community events and festivals.
  • Develop a culture of cycling within Bayside that encourages people to ride a bicycle – Council will inform the community about the benefits of cycling, the location of the bicycle network and the places it can take you through a range of promotional activities and encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride a bicycle

Each guiding principle is supported by a range of strategies and actions.

Public Transport Advocacy Statement

Within Victoria, the oversight, regulation and service contracting arrangements for the public transport system are the responsibility of Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Transport.

The Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy identified the need for Council to develop a Public Transport Advocacy Statement based on identified gaps in service and infrastructure provision which are beyond Council’s control, and to advocate for deliverable improvements for the needs of Bayside residents and visitors. 

Through the development of relationships with State Government agencies and other local governments, Council can use the advocacy actions identified within the Public Transport Advocacy Statement to work constructively with the State Government and public transport providers to improve public transport within and through the municipality.

Key actions identified within the Public Transport Advocacy Statement include:

  • Council will advocate to State Government for improved minimum frequencies to bus services within Bayside;
  • Council will advocate to State Government to bring forward the planned 2016 improvements for train frequencies on the Sandringham line;
  • Council will advocate to State Government for the implementation of the Melbourne Metro rail project; and
  • Council will advocate to State Government for the introduction of Parkiteer bike cages at all train stations within Bayside.

Bayside Road Safety Strategy

The Bayside Road Safety Strategy is a five year strategic document that outlines Council’s role regarding road safety within Bayside and the proposed approach to improving the safety of all users of the transport system within the municipality. The Strategy builds on the foundations of the previous Road Safety Strategy (2002) and contains the following vision:

“Reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our road and path network so that people of all ages and abilities can travel safely, easily and confidently within Bayside.”

The main objectives of the Strategy are to:

  • Reduce the number of people killed or injured in road crashes within Bayside;
  • Enhance safety and accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, as they are the most vulnerable users of our transport system; and
  • Focus on the safety needs of school children, young drivers and older members of the Bayside community.

Eight key response areas have been developed to address the main road safety challenges and opportunities facing Bayside and these are:

  • Coordination and leadership of road safety planning;
  • Road safety promotion at schools and safe school travel;
  • Young children and their families;
  • Developing and maintaining a safe road and path network;
  • Older road users and road users with limited mobility;
  • Safety for pedestrians including mobility scooter users;
  • Safer cycling; and
  • Safer driving, safer vehicles.

Each key response area is supported by range of actions.

Page last updated: 29 Apr 2014

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