ADELAIDE Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) CEO Rod Hook last week unveiled the vision behind Adelaide City Council's draft Integrated Movement Strategy, which is now open for public consultation.
The draft IMS aims to help deliver an accessible City as set out in Council's draft Strategic Plan 2012-16 by proposing a new approach that gives priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
It also aims to slow down traffic and deter driving through the CBD and proposes a more balanced approach to parking in order to provide opportunities for wider footpaths, more bike and bus lanes and activities such as outdoor dining and laneway bars.
According to the Council, the draft Strategy directly links to the State Government's 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and shares many of the same ambitions as the Property Council's City of Lights and Make Adelaide Work campaigns, 5000+, the South Australian Road Safety Strategy and the Federal Government's National Urban Policy.
"Imagine 10 per cent fewer cars from more bus use, 10 per cent fewer cars from more people cycling, and 10 per cent fewer cars from more people walking. That's a lot less cars in the city, making it much easier for those people who do need to drive to get around. This 10 year proposal is a common sense approach to tackle increasing car congestion in our city," said the Lord Mayor.
Cr Yarwood said more transport options will help the city run more effectively and ease congestion, noting that a recent COAG report stated that if nothing changes, the cost of congestion to Australian Cities could rise from $9.5 billion in 2005 to $20.4 billion in 2020.
Rod Hook welcomed the release of the draft IMS and said the Council's philosophies are compatible with the State Government's objective for Adelaide to be a vibrant city
"The IMS envisages more attractive corridors and places for pedestrians, and safe paths for cyclists in the city and we support these aims," Mr Hook said.
The Council said with the State Government having budgeted $2.6 billion between 2008 and 2018 to improve the public transport network, it will work with them to achieve this. Improvements include electrification of the rail network, increases in bus services, extending the tram loop and priority for buses on Grenfell/Currie Streets.
"It's all about making Adelaide a city of great places for people, great for living and community life; great for businesses to start up and grow; and for knowledge and creativity to flourish," Cr Yarwood said.
More information on Adelaide City Council's draft Integrated Movement Strategy is available from <http://www.pictureadelaide.com.au/>.