Streets for People Croxton West Place-Making Project

In 2018, Darebin City Council launched Streets for People, an exciting project to transform local street networks in Darebin into more people-friendly places.

We are now in the construction phase for our first two Streets for People projects in Northcote/Thornbury and Northern Reservoir.

For our next study location, the Croxton West Place-making Project, we are now collating your feedback from the latest round of community engagement.

What's happened so far?

The Croxton West Place-making Project includes the study area between Normanby Avenue and Arthurton Road, and Merri Creek and St Georges Road. It also includes the Northcote Green Link and the Great Western Shimmy Streets for People corridors.

The corridor is affected by its proximity to major roads. It has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations and tram stops, creek trails and schools.

The Northcote Green Link route is also being considered for designation as a primary transport cycling route as part of the State Government's Strategic Cycling network. These various transport considerations must be balanced with the need to provide safe and attractive streets for the local community to not only use, but also enjoy and be proud of.

Our draft vision for the Croxton West Place-making Project is:

The Croxton West Local Area will become an inviting and safe place for pedestrians and cyclists, where vehicle volumes and speed are reduced, where improved street tree planting provides amenity value and where spaces are created for passive recreation."

We have received your feedback from two rounds of engagement:

  • October 2020 - identifying issues and opportunities to inform the draft proposals
  • February 2020 - feedback on the draft proposals


What's happening next?

We are now reviewing the feedback from both rounds of engagement to further develop the concept plans.

For more information on other Streets for People projects visit darebin.vic.gov.au/streetsforpeople



In 2018, Darebin City Council launched Streets for People, an exciting project to transform local street networks in Darebin into more people-friendly places.

We are now in the construction phase for our first two Streets for People projects in Northcote/Thornbury and Northern Reservoir.

For our next study location, the Croxton West Place-making Project, we are now collating your feedback from the latest round of community engagement.

What's happened so far?

The Croxton West Place-making Project includes the study area between Normanby Avenue and Arthurton Road, and Merri Creek and St Georges Road. It also includes the Northcote Green Link and the Great Western Shimmy Streets for People corridors.

The corridor is affected by its proximity to major roads. It has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations and tram stops, creek trails and schools.

The Northcote Green Link route is also being considered for designation as a primary transport cycling route as part of the State Government's Strategic Cycling network. These various transport considerations must be balanced with the need to provide safe and attractive streets for the local community to not only use, but also enjoy and be proud of.

Our draft vision for the Croxton West Place-making Project is:

The Croxton West Local Area will become an inviting and safe place for pedestrians and cyclists, where vehicle volumes and speed are reduced, where improved street tree planting provides amenity value and where spaces are created for passive recreation."

We have received your feedback from two rounds of engagement:

  • October 2020 - identifying issues and opportunities to inform the draft proposals
  • February 2020 - feedback on the draft proposals


What's happening next?

We are now reviewing the feedback from both rounds of engagement to further develop the concept plans.

For more information on other Streets for People projects visit darebin.vic.gov.au/streetsforpeople



Thanks for your questions and feedback. We have now concluded the second round of engagement.

  • I am suggesting some additional interventions for the plan, as I see no change is proposed for Gladstone Ave currently, and beleive some are required.Until recently, an IGA supermarket operated on the corner of Gladstone Ave and St Georges Rd. The site is currently under construction, with a new supermarket and apartments on the way. When the supermarket closed the volume of vehicles and delivery vans using Gladstone Ave dropped noticably. When the site reopens it would be desirable to encourage the future customers, delivery vehicles and apartment residents to enter and exit via St Georges Rd, rather than use Gladstone Ave as an access route. A sqeeze point near the eastern end lane, for example would be a possible intervention.Also a raised ped crossing at the western end of Gladstone for pedestrians, including the school students walking to the tram stop from Croxton/ Baltara would be a positive intervention. If Woolhouse st is not closed to vehicles at Beavers rd, then the timing of the right hand turn ban into Gladstone ( currently 4-6), needs to be made consistent with the times for Elm, Bent and Beavers ( currently 3-6),.a lot of vehicles currently turn right into Gladstone from 3-4 to access St Georges Rd. I agree with others that a lot of people ignore the bans, but they do work a bit. The plan doesn't mention what will happen with these turning bans in the future. Will they remain in place and for the same general time periods? Kind regards Angela

    Happy asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Angela, and thanks for your feedback and question.

    Under the current draft proposal, the right turn ban will remain in place for Gladstone Avenue and Bent Street. Elm Street will have no right turns using a median treatment. We have heard a lot of feedback so far that this isn't desirable for a lot of residents, so we are going to use the feedback to reconsider what can be done. Thanks again for your interest in the projct and I will include your suggestions with the rest of the feedback.

  • So pleased that you are addressing the traffic safety concerns in this area and making the area more friendly for local residents and safer for cyclists, particularly in light of the existing safety concerns and the increasing pressures that will be brought to bear by significant developments in Beavers Road/Bent St/Gladstone Ave. In addition to what you have already proposed, have you considered calming through traffic on Woolhouse St/Leinster Grove by closing the street at an additional or alternative point?

    Hilde asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Hilde, and thanks for your question.

    We are now going to review all of the feedback from this round of engagement, and will consider alternatives where appropriate. We will include your suggestion with the rest of the feedback.

  • Would it be possible to consider a one way street in Woolhouse Street or to close the street further north than Beavers Road if there is too much opposition to a closure at Beavers Road?

    Jenny Hutt asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Jenny, and thanks for your suggestion.

    We are now collating all of the feedback we received and will take your suggestion into consideration when reviewing the draft proposals.


  • Hi there, I have some safety concerns about the plantings proposed for the kerbs. What types of plants? And is there a height restriction the plants will need to be maintained to? In many other areas in Darebin which have kerb plantings I find that as a car driver it makes it more difficult to see cyclists and pedestrians. Since I also ride my bike part of the time I ride defensively due to the increased risks associated with plantings on Kerbs and parked cars (due to overdevelopment) so plantings on kerbs concern me being introduced to this area. I'm sorry I don't think this draft proposal is well- thought out at all. It is clear that it has been developed by someone whom does not use this street, who has not been down here during peak times and doesn't know what is here - a Business Park (where businesses rely on clients from a wide variety of places, a special school (where students are from other suburbs), a number of highly populated developments approved by council (some that have been built and some that are yet to be built). Most of the people using this street ARE locals and if they are not they are trying to get to a destination that is WITHIN this area. Yes there are likely to be a few drivers who live miles away and use this as a rat run but quite honestly most of them probably don't live that far away from here. What has somewhat deterred me most from cycling down this street are the parked cars created by the units in Area 1 and the closure of the bike path to the West of the Special School. It would be good to have some additional police presence and maybe speed cameras as I do see some drivers drive faster than they need to but on the whole most drivers are polite and drive slowly. I've actually seen quite a few cyclists break the law, be abusive and put themselves in risky situations. Some cycling education and accountability in the area would also be good. Cheers, Marie

    Thornbronx asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Marie,

    Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. As we are still in the draft stage, no decisions have been made on what type of plants would be used in the landscaped pinch points. However we usually use native shrubs or grass plants as they are small enough so they don't block sight lines. We also have guidelines available online for residents who would like to plant their own nature strip gardens which can be viewed on our website.

    We will include your other suggestions as part of the overall feedback. Thanks again.

  • To whom it may concern, Firstly, thank you for allowing residence to provide feedback. Most, if not all of the suggestions for the precinct are pretty good however the safety feedback on the your ‘ask your questions’ blog seems to want you to address speed not traffic throughput. I believe this is because we live with the ‘rat run’ every day and the issue is speed and not the fact that people cut through the precinct. We understand that it is vital to have this area open for traffic so to close Woolhouse street off would notably impact our daily lives through inconvenience. I pose the question, who is more important, the local residence or general traffic that uses the area infrequently as a 'rat run'? I will also point out that most of the cycling traffic that this project aims to help also don’t live in the precinct! Introducing the proposed road closure of Woolhouse Street at Beavers Road would seriously impact ALL residence north of Beavers travelling south west and would simply cause a build-up of traffic elsewhere in the precinct. For me to 'turn right' into Arthurton road with the proposed road closure means I need to drive east along Beavers or Beaconsfield, turn right into St. Georges, then turn right in Arthurton. It's just not fair or practical to make residence do this. I agree absolutely with Darren that the problem is the Arthurton and St Georges Rd intersection. What is the council doing about this? Is the council lobbying the Department of Transport to get this resolved and broaden the intersection? The premise of closing the road is for pedestrian and cyclist safety. Without denigrating the importance of pedestrian and cyclist safety has either ever been hit, hurt or otherwise by a car along Woolhouse or Leinster?? There are certainly many near misses however I have lived on Woolhouse opposite the school for 20 years and have never known of any incident. K and DanM’s feedback about slowing the traffic is real and valid. The speed humps in Woolhouse and Leinster are useless. If you want to introduce anything on Woolhouse street at Beavers road, create a ‘yield’ system where cars have to stop and take it in runs to come through. Also, add speed humps in ALL offshoot roads between Lienster/Woolhouse and St Georges. Maybe even get the police to occasionally enforce the no right turn signs. The only person I have ever heard of getting caught for this was my wife 15 years ago but that’s another discussion!! In conclusion, I love the concept and intention but not certain all of the execution has been thought out properly. Please take into careful consideration the residence viewpoint before making any changes. Thank you in advance.

    Duncanmck asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Duncan, and thaks for sharing your thoughts about the draft proposals.

    We developed these draft plans in response to the issues that were raised during our first round of engagement last year, and we heard from a lot of our local community that non-local traffic was an issue in the area. I agree that speed is also a problem that has been raised a lot.

    The treatments we have proposed aim to reduce vehicles speeds as well as deter non-local traffic, but we are very open to hearing alternative suggestions. You also raise an interesting point about near misses. People who experience near misses may decide that riding or walking is too risky, so it is important to create an environment that feels safer and easier for those that choose to walk, wheel or ride. More people using active modes of travel equates to less people using cars for shorter trips (which leads to less congestion).

    I'm glad to hear you like the general concept, and we will definitely take all of your comments into consideration. Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

  • I think the plans to reduce traffic and speeds are generally good except I'm concerned it will push drivers to try alternative shortcuts through this area using the lanes as rat runs, particularly the lanes that run parallel with St Georges Rd. I've noticed that this already seems to be happening when St Georges Rd is busy. These drivers also tend to be quite dangerous as the lanes don't have stop signs so they just blow their horns and keep going. Children and older pedestrians are often oblivious to these signals so could quite easily be hit. Could the lanes at least all have a number of closely spaced serious speed bumps that slow down drivers considerably, and speed bumps and stop signs where they intersect the footpaths (so drivers actually have to stop). The speed bumps won't bother the locals who are just driving a short distance to their garages, but hopefully would put-off the rat runners. Thank you. Leon

    Leo asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Leon, and thanks for your feedback.

    We didn't hear much about the laneways during the first round of engagement, but it has come up a few times during the past two weeks, so we'll have to have a think about about how this could be addressed.

    I'm glad to hear you think the rest of the plans are generally good! If you haven't done so yet, please feel free to complete the online survey regarding the other draft proposals.

  • Thanks for the response. A follow-up question about the apartments if I may. Has any traffic modelling been done to ascertain how these proposed measures will be impacted by the hundreds of people who will be moving into the apartments at 198 and 200 Beavers Rd (I believe 100+ people at 200 Beavers and 198 potentially bigger than that)? If you block off Woolhouse, these people will have only two options if you remove the North option - straight down Beavers or turn right on Woolhouse and deal with the intersection at Arthurton. It seems likely that Beavers will have more traffic after this change, which will defeat the purpose of trying to turn it into a more cycling and pedestrian friendly road. That's in addition to the fact that all Northbound traffic along Woolhouse will now be turning right at Beavers too. Also, I'm sure you're aware that Beavers is perpetually pinched to one lane by parked cars so it's unlikely that adding pinch points will make any material difference.

    Darren asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Darren, and thanks for your question.

    As with all major development a traffic impact assessment is required to be prepared by the applicant. This assessment would typically review the statutory car parking rates associated with the development and provide justification as to why car parking should be reduced below the statutory requirements, if that is being proposed. 

    Traffic generated by a development is also assessed and this includes an evaluation of where traffic is expected to be distributed into the wider network. This can include traffic modelling depending on the size of the development. Traffic modelling would typically assess the current capacity of surrounding intersections and determine post operating conditions once a site is fully developed, against acceptable performance parameters.

    We will soon be collating all of the feedback we have received over the past two weeks, and I appreciate you contacting us to contribute. Thanks again.

  • The draft proposals are welcomed but I am concerned about speeding traffic that use Shaftesbury Parade as a cut through travelling in both directions: cars travelling east use Shaftesbury to avoid congestion on Normanby Avenue and cars travelling west use Shaftesbury to avoid the lights at St Georges and Normanby. Many of these cars travel at speeds well above the signed speeds and some at extremely dangerous speeds for a residential street. Measures need to be installed that reduce traffic speeds: raised footpath crossings at both entrances to Shaftesbury indicating to motorists that they are entering a residential area; speed humps or other street designs that reduce traffic speeds at a number of points along the street; large road markings to accompany existing signs to indicate that this is a '40 zone'. Shaftesbury is a wide street and is one of few in the area that has no speed reducing measures installed. Can these proposals be included in the Streets for People project?

    K asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and suggestions for Shaftesbury Parade.

    We will carefully consider all of the feedback and impacts to local residents before making any final decisions, including the impacts on surrounding streets of any changes.


  • All of the proposed traffic calming measures will increase traffic and traffic congestion on Normanby Avenue. What solutions are being considered to minimising large trucks and cars speeding on this residential street? Is council considering use of speed humps and/or lowering the speed limit between Lienster Grove and St Georges Avenue, especially given the number if new townhouse/apartment complexes approved on this stretch? A number of cyclists ride on the pedestrian paths due to lack of sufficient cyclist pathways. What options are Council considering to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on this road?

    DanM asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Dan, and thanks for your question.

    Normanby Avenue is an arterial road, a designated Origin/Destination route for heavy vehicles and is under the management of the Department of Transport. Therefore, speed limit changes require approval from the Department of Transport before any changes can be implemented. Council did make an application for the speed limit on Normanby Avenue between the municipal boundary and High Street in 2018  to be reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h but the application was rejected by DoT.

    As part of the Mayer Park draft Master Plan, the plan is considering improving pedestrian and cyclist safety along the north of Mayer Park. You can read more about the Mayer Park Master Plan development at www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/mayerpark


  • Does this plan do anything to address the issue with the intersection of Woolhouse and Arthurton? If you want to go West from anywhere in Area 3 or 4, this is the only intersection that can be used (without going onto St Georges, doing a u-turn and then turning right at Arthurton). This intersection gets seriously backed up every day with right-turners and with all the apartments being built in this area, it's going to become a nightmare. This plan seems generally poorly thought out. There seems to be an aim to turn Beavers into a cycling/walking thoroughfare and yet if Woolhouse is blocked after Beavers, all traffic will be directed down this road. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? You'll just end up with a situation where all the traffic travelling East on Arthurton that wants to avoid the Arthurton/St Georges intersection will turn left at Woolhouse from Arthurton, right onto Beavers, and left into St Georges. It will have much more traffic than now, especially with the apartments being build at the Western end. The only way out for these residents will be down Beavers or the jammed Woolhouse/Arthurton intersection. See point 1 - it seems like you are creating a traffic nightmare for residents in this area. Finally - and this has never made sense to me - why is the intersection of Beavers and St Georges a u-turn type while all the other intersections are crossing?

    Darren asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Darren, and thanks for your feedback and questions.

    Currently the number of vehicles travelling south along Leinster Grove and Woolhouse Street is causing the issue of excessive queuing at the intersection of Arthurton Road and Woolhouse Street. By introducing the proposed road closure at Beavers Road, the number of vehicles performing this manoeuvre would be significantly reduced. Beavers Road currently has proposed treatments evenly spaced to improve the safety of pedestrian/cyclist and reduce the speeds of vehicles who travel along the Arthurton Road-Woolhouse Street-Beavers Road route.  

    The U-turn facility at Beavers Road and St Georges Road is managed by the Department of Transport. This intersection differs from other intersection along St Georges Road, as it is to help with the removal of vehicles performing a U-turn from those looking to right turn at St Georges and Arthurton Road.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions, and if you haven't done so yet, feel free to complete the survey to let us know what you think of the rest of the draft proposals.

  • Cars frequently park on the east side Leinster Grove very close to the intersection with Shaftesbury Parade making it extremely difficult to see oncoming traffic when turning left or right from Shaftesbury into Leinster. Is it possible to have 'No Standing' signs installed along Leinster Grove to insure safe turning?

    K asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    We have heard from quite a few community members that this is a concern along Leinster Grove. We are happy to consider signs where appropriate. Thanks again!

  • If Woolhouse Street is closed many residents north of Beavers will have to use St Georges Road to exit the area. Turning into St Georges Road can sometimes be difficult and dangerous. Keep Clear markings are needed at intersections so they are not blocked by cars travelling north along St Georges. Speed limits along St Georges Road need to be reduced to make entering the road safer. Car parking near to intersections needs to be restricted to allow for better view of oncoming traffic. I am aware that these suggestions are beyond the responsibility of Darebin Council but could these changes be implemented before Woolhouse is closed?

    K asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question and feedback.

    We have been hearing concerns from the community about the safety at the intersections of the Croxton West area with St Georges Road. As the project develops and in locations where appropriate, safety improvements that may include No Standing and Keep Clear treatments will be discussed with the Department of Transport (DoT). Treatments that have been reviewed and approved by DoT will be included in the final plans.


  • Is it possible to extend Woolton Avenue a short distance into Mayer Park to create extra parking and relieve some of the parking congestion along Leinster Grove when there are sporting events and training sessions at Mayer Park?

    K asked about 2 months ago

    Hello and thanks for your question.

    We are unable to decrease the amount of open space in Mayers Park. There is currently a Master Plan being developed for Mayer Park, and you are able to view updates on how to get involved in providing feedback for that project by visiting the Future Mayer Park Your Say page.


  • What is going to happen to resident parking on the northern side of Beavers Road between Woolhouse Street and St Georges Road?

    Marco asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Marco, thanks for your question.

    There are no proposed changes to current parking conditions in the draft proposals for the area.

    There are however two proposed pinch points (landscaped kerb build outs) proposed to slow vehicle speeds and deter non-local traffic. These will result in a combined loss of approximately 5 on-street parking spaces.

  • The cut through between Leinster Grove and Beavers road would allow direct access to the new bridge over the Merri. The document mentions negotiations with the 'private owner'. There was a notice when it was closed, following Croxton school renovations, from (I think) victorian education authority. It claimed vehicle access and 'student safety'. I don't really understand to what this latter might refer, but the junction of Woolhouse and Beaconsfield is very dangerous - with resident, teacher and parents parking and drop-off, those cars on the cut-through Normanby -Arthurton, and lots of school kids on bikes. You suggest negotiations for the cut-through - are these likely to succeed and do you want any testimonies in support?

    Justin O'Connor asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Justin, and thanks for your feedback and question.

    We have received a lot of feedback from the local community about the path between Beaconsfield Parade and Beavers Road being closed. Unfortunately Council is unable to make a ruling on reopening access as the land is managed by the Department of Education.

    The permit for the future development at 198 Beavers Road does, however, include a condition that there needs to be pedestrian and bike rider access through to Beaconsfield Parade. We don’t have a time frame for when this development will begin at this stage, but through the other proposed treatments as part of this project we hope to see an overall improvement in safety for our vulnerable road users on Leinster Grove, Beaconsfield Parade and Woolhouse Street.


  • Any plans to address the landscaping issue on Gadd street west of St- George's? There are a lot of trees on Gadd street growing at a 45* angle, and not maintained as required by the council. There was at least 3 of those trees removed last year (probably more?) , 2x in front of #68 and the other in front of #52. Will the trees be replaced? It would be really good if Gadd street had some solid, healthy trees that will keep growing and make the street greener over time. It's also in the best interest of the whole neighbourhood that the biggest residential development of the area look as good as it can!

    Gen B asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Gen, and thanks for your feedback and question.

    I have followed up with our Tree Management team, who advise that over the past 18 months, several trees on Gadd Street have been removed and replaced, and they are aware of the ongoing issues. One problem highlighted was that building heights have impacted some trees so they experience 'phototropic lean' - that is they grow towards the sunlight.

    Our Planning Arborist is happy to visit the site again and identify locations for potential replacement planting (planting season is May to October each year).

    Thanks again for your interest in the project!


  • I welcome the draft proposals but am disappointed that an action on the poor visibility on St Georges Road when exiting Gadd Street hasn't been included in the proposals. It is something that keeps coming up in conversations with my Gadd Street neighbours, and I have noticed that other streets in the same area have had a car park removed on St Georges Road to increase driver visibility.

    Northcote neighbour asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question and for raising this concern.

    As St. Georges Road is managed by the Department of Transport (formerly VicRoads), we are unable to make any changes without their approval, so at this stage we haven’t included any parking changes for this location on the draft plans.

    Following the completion of our engagement, we will determine the locations to include in the final plans for our application. Your comments have been noted, along with the feedback for Gadd Street we received in the first round of engagement.


  • Hi. Can you please explain clearly what is proposed for the west end of Elm Street - left turn only for cars. Thanks.

    KateS asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Kate, and thanks for your question.

    The left in / left out treatment at Elm Street aims to prevent motorists from using Elm Street as a short cut to avoid the traffic lights at the corner of St Georges Road and Arthurton Road. The following movements would be permitted / not permitted under these conditions:

    • Travelling north on Woolhouse Street, no right turn into Elm Street

    • Travelling south on Woolhouse Street, left turn permitted into Elm Street

    • Travelling west on Elm Street, left turn on to Woolhouse Street permitted, but right turn not permitted.

    Please let us know your thoughts on this proposal by completing the survey, if you haven’t done so yet!


  • Looks interesting but will Beavers Rd retain parking on North and South sides of the street? Also if there's no longer a left into Beavers from St.Georges does that mean it will be one way?

    Mr. B.Vah asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Parking will be retained on both sides of Beavers Road, except where the pinch points are located. The four pinch points will result in the loss of approximately 10-12 on street parking spaces to be replaced by landscaped kerb build outs.

    Beavers Road will continue to operate in two directions, only the St Georges Road end of Beavers Road will be restricted to vehicles only being able to exit onto St Georges Road.

    Please let us know what you think of this proposal by completing the survey, if you haven’t done so yet!


  • Hi, Will there be any move to reduce the speed along st George's road at beaconsfield parade? This is a major cycling crossing in order to get onto the st George's rd bike path and it's extremely dangerous with cars travelling at 70km/hr. This in addition to having to look out for trams makes this a fatality waiting to happen. I feel incredibly strongly about this and the high speed is often a major deterrent to people getting on their bikes or walking, as the crossing is so dangerous and no measures have been taken to improve safety. I implore you to consider reducing the speed to at least 60km/hr please.

    Mithira Nithianandan asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Mithira. Thanks so much for your feedback regarding St Georges Road.

    We agree that lower speed limits assist with improving road safety and also the level of comfort for people walking, wheeling and riding. We have been advocating to the Department of Transport for lower speed limits on streets managed by Darebin with success in many areas. We will continue to advocate for safer speeds on roads within Darebin including St Georges Road and other roads managed by the Department of Transport.


  • What are the plans for parking - this is a huge issue that will only get worse with increased density of housing in the area especially along St. George’s Rd. It needs to be safe for kids too. Anything to reduce traffic using our streets as a rat run would be great

    Cath1 asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback and question.

    This project isn’t looking at any changes to current parking restrictions. Information on requesting changes to parking can be found on our website here.

    We have proposed a few changes that will discourage rat-running in the area, so if you haven’t done so yet, please complete the survey and let us know what you think!


  • Hi, I am particularly interested in the plans for Beavers Road and have the following questions: - What does a 'cycling priority street' mean? - Is the shared path on the northern curb only in the area west of Woolhouse Street? - I am sure I am misunderstanding but it appears Beavers Road is closed at the intersection with Woolhouse Street and restricted from entering from St Georges Road. If I live in the section between St Georges Road and Woolhouse Street how do I get there in my car from Woolhouse Street (coming from each of north and south) or from St Georges Road (coming from each of north and south)? - Will parking be further restricted on Beavers Road? Thanks, Derek.

    Derek Price asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Derek, thanks for getting in touch with your questions.

    Beavers Road, Woolhouse Street and Leinster Grove are our ‘cycling priority streets’ as they form parts of the Great Western Shimmy and Northcote Green Link Streets for People corridors. As a result, we have proposed quite a few changes on those particular streets to make bike riding feel easier and safer. The shared path on Beavers Road is only proposed to the west of Woolhouse Street where there are industrial sites.

    The draft also has a proposal for a vehicle closure, however it is north of Beavers Road, which means Beavers Road would still be open the entire length from Merri Creek to St. Georges Road, but motorists travelling north on Woolhouse Street would have to turn either right or left at Beavers Road instead of continuing towards Beaconsfield Parade.

    We are not proposing any changes to current parking restrictions through this project, however requests for changes can be made by following the instructions through our website here.

    We would love to hear your thoughts on these proposals, so if you haven’t done so yet, please complete the survey!


  • What will the implementation of on street bike route with sharrows’ entail?

    amandam asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Amanda, and thanks for your question.

    An 'on street bike route' is where bike riders share the road space with motorists (there is no separate bike lane). In this area, the roads aren't wide enough to have parking, bike lanes and driving space all separated, so the proposal instead looks at ways to calm vehicle speeds so it is safer for bike riders to share the road.

    'Sharrows' are painted bicycle symbols on the road, which highlight it is a shared space for bike riders and motorists.

    I hope that helps! And please let us know what you think by completing the survey.

    The Streets for People team

  • Woolhouse Street is referred to multiple times in the proposal pack. Should this infact be Woolton Ave? This is really dissappointing to see.... with the amount of rates that I pay you'd think you should be able to get the name of the street right when you are proposing community changes!

    Renae asked 2 months ago

    Hi Renae, and thanks for your question.

    The study area for this project includes both Woolton Avenue, which runs east-west between Leinster Grove and St Georges Road, and Woolhouse Street, which runs north-south between Beaconsfield Parade and Arthurton Road.

    Woolhouse Street is referred to so much as it is a key part of the study area as it forms the southern section of the Great Western Shimmy.

    Hope that helps!


  • I have only now had a chance to use the interactive map, and I've discovered that the consultation period has closed! I knew about the map from a flyer in my letterbox. The flyer did not say that when the consultation period was ending, so I'm very upset that I've missed my chance to provide feedback.

    SDB asked 5 months ago

    Hi SDB, thanks for your feedback, and sorry to hear you missed the engagaemnt period. I can confirm that the flyer included the closing date for providing input as 'Sunday 20th October 2019.'

    In addition to the direct mail out to all residents in the precinct, we also promoted the engagement through the local Leader newspapers (Preston and Northcote editions), via social media, and through a variety of local newsletters.

    There will be another opportunity to provide feedback in 2020 when we present our Round 1 Engagement Summary and draft concept designs to the community. More information will be available when we confirm the dates.

  • We use Leinster Grove to get to Arthurton Rd for school and to head to CERES etc- does this plan mean we cant enter/exit Woolhouse Street onto/from Arthurton Road? I can't take the 2 kids to school on a bicycle and then head to work

    Thornbronx asked 5 months ago

    Hi Thornbronx, and thanks for your question.

    We haven't proposed any solutions to the traffic issues yet, however as part of the Feasibility Study for the Great Western Shimmy, a vehicle restriction was highlighted as one possible outcome.

    We will use the feedback from this first round of engagament to design some draft concept plans which will then be presented back to the community in 2020 for further feedback.

    Thanks for your interest in this project.


  • Your flyer indicates that Council has 'identified some of the challenges in the Croxton West area.' What are they?

    Bob asked 6 months ago

    Hi Bob, and thanks for your question.

    Two of the most common themes that come up as challenges in the area are:

    • The volume and speed of non-local traffic using the streets in the precinct
    • Safety for people on bikes

    During this first round of engagament, we are asking for our community to tell us about any challenges they have using the precinct, as residents, workers, visitors and other road user types. We can then tie all of this information together into a summary report, and use this to develop draft concept plans for the area. During the next stage of engagament, we will ask the community to provide feedback on the draft plans.

    If you haven't done so yet, we encourage you to add to the map, letting us know any areas that are working well, and any that need improvement.

    Thanks!

  • Can we put a frequent presence of speed/safety cameras through the area along with fines to minimise the rat race along Leinster grove?

    Rick asked 6 months ago

    Hi Rick,

    Once we have finished this first round of listening to the issues, we will look at different ways to treat the streets including ways to reduce the volume of non-local traffic using the precinct as a short cut.

    Thanks for your suggestion!

  • Don't restrict traffic flow from this area to the other side of St George's Road as occurred previously when the water pipes were replaced

    Derek Price asked 6 months ago

    Hi Derek, thanks for your feedback!

  • What is the boundary of The Northcote Green Link route you refer to? Where is this?

    Local resident asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The Northcote Green Link is one of our Streets for People cycling corridors, endorsed by Council as part of the Streets for People Feasibility Study in October 2018. It is an east west link between Darebin Creek and Merri Creek, following Abbott Street, Christmas Street, Dennis Street and Beaconsfield Parade to St Georges Road, then Beavers Road to the creek.