Active and public transport

Outcome (goal): To make walking, cycling and public transport more viable transport options in communities.

Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions)
Streets and paths are attractive and safe for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Establish a complete streets (streets for all users) policy in Council.
  • Integrate walking and cycling in transport plans, including:
  • Pedestrian and bicycle master plan.
  • Separate on-road bike lanes and footpaths on busy streets.
  • Traffic policies, routes that connect people to local destinations, and bicycle storage areas in public places.
  • Traffic control measures such as restrictions on speed, 20 km/hour zones, adequately timed lights, clearly marked crossings and traffic-calming devices.
  • Clear signage about road traffic patterns to help pedestrians, cyclists and drivers avoid injuries.
  • Safety measures including appropriately timed lights, pedestrian signals, crossing guards near schools and sufficient street lighting.
  • Integrate improvements to existing roads as they are maintained/upgraded and new roads as they are designed.
  • Restrict/charge for parking in the city; or use congestion charging as a means of reducing car use.
  • Give priority to funding projects such as footpaths, trails, traffic-calming measures and bike lanes.
  • Inform, educate and encourage the community to use active transport.
  • Establish a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design policy.
  • Prepare public domain plans/street planting Master Plans.
  • Develop an Asset Management Plan for street scapes.
  • Support Travel Smart programs.
  • Identify streets or improve multi-use pathways that would result in increased cyclist and pedestrian use (click here).
  • Conduct walkability audits to identify places for improvement and assess the degree to which their community enables active living.
  • Use geographic information system mappingto determine safe routes to school or improvements to footpaths, bike paths and lanes, trails and street connectivity (click here).
  • Undertake an ongoing program of traffic management.
  • Revise car parking requirements across the town.
  • Ensure walking and cycling routes to local schools are safe (click here).
  • Partner with Queensland Health to ensure that Council plans and policies incorporate health opportunities.
  • Employ health impact assessment in reviewing council plans and policies.

 

Expand off- and on-road paths and trail connections so active transport options are readily available between home, services and attractions
  • Prepare an Open Space Policy that includes recreational greenways, landscaping and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles.
  • Develop a network of safe and convenient walking and cycling paths linking residences with major land uses and recreation opportunities, including schools to enable children to walk or cycle to school without having to cross busy, unsafe streets.
  • Ensure pathway continuity and directroutes for pedestrians and cyclists, including connections between dead-end streets and cul-de-sac, particularly to surrounding schools, town centres and services and facilities.
  • Work with the State Government to convert out-of-service rail corridors into trails.
  • Develop Council policies that increase access to walking trails.
  • Plan and develop higher density land uses in and around town centres.
  • Prepare bicycle Master Plans to identify ways to expand paths and integrate the connection of paths, trails, services and facilities into broader transport planning
  • Incorporate walking and cycling infrastructure in local Structure Plans and the Planning Scheme (click here).
  • Prepare a Council-wide Bicycle Strategy (click here).
  • Prepare a Council-wide Walking Strategy.
  • Incorporate a path connectivity policy in the Planning Scheme, including connections between dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs (click here).
  • Utilise geographic information systems to determine land-use trends and walkability characteristics, such as street connectivity and paths (click here).
  • Consider methods for land acquisition, easements and partnerships with conservation groups to facilitate the development of open spaces.
  • Apply for funding for infrastructure projects (click here).
  • Review the Planning Scheme to introduce higher density around centres and attractions (and mixed uses around centres).