Streets for People Northern Reservoir Corridor

In 2018, the City of Darebin launched an exciting project to transform part of our local street network into more people-friendly places.


We are now collating your final feedback for the draft Streets for People Northern Reservoir Corridor strategy and concept designs.


What has happened so far?

The concept designs and strategy have been developed through two previous rounds of community engagement which included:

  • Public survey on issues and opportunities (March 2019)
  • Public drop-in session on issues and opportunities (March 2019)
  • Street champion workshop on addressing the issues (March 2019)
  • Public survey on the draft concepts (April/May 2019)
  • Public drop-in session on the draft concept designs (May 2019)
  • Street champion workshop on confirming the direction of the draft concept designs (May 2019)
  • Council endorse strategy for final consultation (September 2019)
  • Community survey on final strategy and plans (September 2019)

You can view the outcomes from the previous engagament in the Round 1 Engagement Summary and Round 2 Engagement Summary.


What's next?

  • We are now collating your feedback from the final round of consultation
  • Council will be asked to endorse the strategy for delivery at a Council meeting in November 2019
  • Design and construction will begin in early 2020

Stay tuned for further updates by registering below.

You can also keep up to date on the Preston Activity Link via our Streets for People Preston Activity Link page.


Project Background

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. Darebin City Council is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.

Following a successful consultation in 2018 for our first Streets for People Corridor in Thornbury / Northcote (available in the document library), Darebin Council is working on our second Streets for People project, the Northern Reservoir Corridor, which runs along Broadhurst Avenue from Merri Creek to High Street, and Crookston Road from Cheddar Road to Boldrewood Parade, continuing on McMahon Street to the Darebin Creek Trail.

In October 2018, the Streets for People Feasibility Study was endorsed by Council, and two of the eight corridors were selected for investigation in 2019 - the Preston Activity Link, and the Northern Reservoir Corridor. The focus of this study is the Northern Reservoir Corridor which includes Broadhurst Avenue in the west and Crookston Road and McMahon Road (between Boldrewood Parade and the Darebin Creek Trail), in the east (shown in the above map). To read the full Feasibility Study Report, download it from the Document Library (on the right).

The corridor is affected by its intersections with major roads, and accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, Ruthven train station, local schools and creek trails. This route is also being considered for designation as a primary or secondary 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 vision for the Streets for People project is:

to create a neighbourhood that is safe, green, clean and welcoming

In 2018, the City of Darebin launched an exciting project to transform part of our local street network into more people-friendly places.


We are now collating your final feedback for the draft Streets for People Northern Reservoir Corridor strategy and concept designs.


What has happened so far?

The concept designs and strategy have been developed through two previous rounds of community engagement which included:

  • Public survey on issues and opportunities (March 2019)
  • Public drop-in session on issues and opportunities (March 2019)
  • Street champion workshop on addressing the issues (March 2019)
  • Public survey on the draft concepts (April/May 2019)
  • Public drop-in session on the draft concept designs (May 2019)
  • Street champion workshop on confirming the direction of the draft concept designs (May 2019)
  • Council endorse strategy for final consultation (September 2019)
  • Community survey on final strategy and plans (September 2019)

You can view the outcomes from the previous engagament in the Round 1 Engagement Summary and Round 2 Engagement Summary.


What's next?

  • We are now collating your feedback from the final round of consultation
  • Council will be asked to endorse the strategy for delivery at a Council meeting in November 2019
  • Design and construction will begin in early 2020

Stay tuned for further updates by registering below.

You can also keep up to date on the Preston Activity Link via our Streets for People Preston Activity Link page.


Project Background

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. Darebin City Council is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.

Following a successful consultation in 2018 for our first Streets for People Corridor in Thornbury / Northcote (available in the document library), Darebin Council is working on our second Streets for People project, the Northern Reservoir Corridor, which runs along Broadhurst Avenue from Merri Creek to High Street, and Crookston Road from Cheddar Road to Boldrewood Parade, continuing on McMahon Street to the Darebin Creek Trail.

In October 2018, the Streets for People Feasibility Study was endorsed by Council, and two of the eight corridors were selected for investigation in 2019 - the Preston Activity Link, and the Northern Reservoir Corridor. The focus of this study is the Northern Reservoir Corridor which includes Broadhurst Avenue in the west and Crookston Road and McMahon Road (between Boldrewood Parade and the Darebin Creek Trail), in the east (shown in the above map). To read the full Feasibility Study Report, download it from the Document Library (on the right).

The corridor is affected by its intersections with major roads, and accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, Ruthven train station, local schools and creek trails. This route is also being considered for designation as a primary or secondary 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 vision for the Streets for People project is:

to create a neighbourhood that is safe, green, clean and welcoming

Ask your questions here

  • Do you consider further measures to reduce vehicle speeds and rat running along Boldrewood Pde, New Street and Rathcown Road? Pedestrian and cyclist safety would be much improved. Rathcown Road is used by many to walk from the Ruthven train station, the intersection of Rathcown Road and New Street is particularly dangerous for pedestrians to cross, due to the rat running. Do you consider measures to reduce vehicle speeds and rat running on Rathcown Road east of the intersection with New Street?

    Carsten Freitag asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback Carsten!

    We aren't implementing any changes on Rathcown Road as part of this project, but we have heard feedback similar to yours through the engagament process and will be looking at speed reductions for the precinct in future years.

  • Hi can you explain how pinch points improve the use of the road for bicycles and cars. I use both and have stopped using Mc fadzean Avenue because of the pinch points. On a bike they make you ride in front of cars and make you feel uncomfortable. When I drive avoid the street and use alternative roads. Please don’t install any more.

    Elliot asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question Elliot! 

    Pinch points are designed to lower traffic speeds by narrowing the street to a single lane at that location, so drivers give way to vehicles travelling in the opposite direction. This also works to decrease the use of the street as a thoroughfare by drivers, and increase safety and amenity for those walking and riding, which is a major goal for our Streets for People corridors. 

    For people walking, it provides a location where they can cross the road at a shorter distance, as we had a lot of feedback during the first round of engagement that people didn't feel safe crossing such a wide distance, especially from our older residents.

    In our first Streets for People corridor, we have designed pinch points that have a separate bike lane between the kerb and the landscaped section so people on bikes can still safely move through the location. This will also be a consideration for this corridor when we reach the design phase.

    Thanks again for your feedback!

  • rather than reporting results to the community after you have decided on a concept design can you please provide a full report on the results of the march survey.

    potr asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question!

    The results of the survey and community drop-in session were reported at our 'street champion' workshop, and assisted the group in coming up with the ideas used for our draft concepts. Our street champions are people who live in the area, who expressed interest in being involved, and represent a cross-section of our community and road user types.

    We are happy to share the results from the first round of engagement, but please note it is still in draft form as it will be included as part of the full report at the conclusion of the second round of engagement.

    The draft summary report has been added to the document library.

  • We have the following questions regarding the Northern Corridor: 1. Projected cost of the initial Broadhurst Ave upgrade and ongoing maintenance costs? 2. Estimated usage rates by cyclists/pedestrians? 3. Will the Edgars Creek bridge be widened or pedestrian/bicycle bridge be built? 4. Will current nature strip be modified to provide parking for residents?

    Les asked 7 months ago

    Hello, and thanks for your questions!

    As we don't have a final concept confirmed for the Northern Reservoir Corridor, we can't estimate the cost for implementation yet. From Tuesday 23rd April, you can view the draft concept plans and provide your feedback on this Your Say page.

    From our first round of community feedback, 33% of respondents indicated they walked or rode a bike as their main mode of travel on weekdays, with a further 21% indicating they used public transport. In line with the Darebin Council Plan, we aim to increase the number of people who use these modes by making it easier and safer to do so.

    The Edgars Creek Bridge will not be widened as part of this project, however we will be improving safety for our vulnerable road users. You can view the proposed improvements to this section when the survey opens next Tuesday.

    There are no plans to change nature strips or provide additional parking, as most properties along Broadhurst Avenue have off-street parking, and there is no significant loss of parking in our proposed plans.

    As mentioned, you can check out the proposed plans and respond to the survey from Tuesday 23rd April. We will also have a community drop-in session which you are welcome to attend. More information will be available on the main page soon!

  • I only found out about this today, didn't received any notification. How will this benefit the residents of Crookston Rd? Who has asked for this? What traffic restrictions would there be? Where do you except cars to park? Having time limit parking will just punished residents that live in Crookston Rd. I've brought in Crookston Rd for family living,ease of parking (friends/relatives), close to shops, transport, parks etc... I don't believe this will be good for Crookston Rd. I wouldn't want to see our home value drop. What I would like to see is pedestrian crossing at Cheddar Rd/Crookston Rd. Also some parking bay lines so cars don't park too close to driveways.

    Frank.M asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch Frank! I'm sorry to hear you didn't find out about the project until today. All residents on Crookston Road and the surrounding streets were sent the information flyer by hand, direct to letterboxes between March 6th and March 8th. We also advertised in the Preston Leader (hard copy and online), through social media, and on our website.

    The Streets for People project forms part of the Darebin Council Action Plan 2018-19, Goal 1.2 - "Engage the community in development of a second ‘Streets for People’ corridor that will improve road safety, and prioritise cycling, walking and traffic calming." In October 2018, Council endorsed the Northern Reservoir Corridor and Preston Activity Link as the next two corridors for planning and design.

    As we are in the consultation phase of the project, we are gathering all of the feedback from locals who use the corridor on what they see as the major issues and opportunities. The Feasibility Study that is provided in the Documents Library on this page show some examples of what could be done in the streets, but is not the final proposal.

    Your suggestions will be incorporated into our feedback summary, so thanks again for joining the conversation. You can follow the page to receive updates in the future by registering using the 'Stay Informed' box to the right of the page.


  • Understanding as a resident of Crookston Road, there are many units being approved as built or being built in our street therefore causing more cars to spill out onto the road and park. This has caused many cars to park on our street, however I believe as a resident I’d rather see possibly more permit only parking? Might help alleviate all the extra cars? I don’t believe introducing limited parking spaces in the street will be good for the street scape nor function of the residents in the street. Some of us own our homes with family and chose to live in a residential street for many reasons such as ease of parking (especially for family gatherings). I’m not a traffic expert by any means however the main goal living in my home is for quiet, ease of parking, lovely tree lined streets with shade to walk and wide paths with safe cross overs to walk a pram or children. I believe Reservoir is a family suburb with convenience on many levels; access to transport, proximity to shops, speed humps to slow traffic and still enough full block homes to keep the local price value up. We simply need better tree lined streets with beautiful vegetation, seating areas (for the elder and young families in the area), possibly updated speed humps/street foot crossings, and I believe with more foot street crossings this may reduce parking?

    JoeCole asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question Joe! Council are currently drafting a Parking Strategy, which will look at issues and solutions such as timed parking and permit parking in residential streets, so we won't be making any of those changes as part of this project. You can read more about that process at www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/parkingstrategy and also sign up for updates.

    Thanks for sharing your experience of living in this neighbourhood. We heard from many others at Community Drop-In Session on Saturday who shared your thoughts and concerns. In regards to the reduction in parking, in some cases when a crossing is added, improved or upgraded, it will mean that a parking space on each side of the street is reclaimed for that purpose. We have to find the balance between safety for all road users, and convenience when parking.

    We are now collating the feedback from our consultation, and will work on some concept plans for the street. Keep an eye for this page for further updates, and thanks again for contributing to the discussion! 

  • Will you be restricting on-street parking to one side of Crookston Rd only? Will marked bays be painted on the road surface? Too much on-street parking, often illegally close to people's driveways, makes Crookston Rd difficult for cyclists, forcing them onto the footpath, which makes it unsafe for pedestrians. Will you extend this parking restriction and bay marking to the entire length of Crookston Rd? I realise it's a dead end between no's 1 and 12 but the same poor parking behaviour goes on ... Also would you please implement pedestrian lights and a marked crossing at the Cheddar Rd intersections, both sides of the Yan Yean pipeway/bike track/median strip? I'd prefer on the north side. An underpass isn't possible, because of the pipeways, and overpasses are inconvenient to use. This will make it much easier for people walking to and from Ruthven station.

    D. asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question! At the moment, we are gathering feedback on the issues for the corridor, so we haven't made any decisions on the final concept plans for the streets. This is why your feedback is so important to us!

    This particular project follows Crookston Road to Boldrewood Parade, then McMahon Street to the Darebin Creek Trail, so number 1 - 12 Crookston Road will not be included. You can, however, contact our Customer Service Team to report illegal parking, and make a request for line marking to be considered there. 

    I will also add that at this stage we are not making any proposals for the section of Crookston Road at the Cheddar Road crossing (to High Street) as we need to wait until the Level Crossing Removal works have been completed to the south, but we will take your feedback on board along with your other suggestions for Crookston Road.

    Thanks again for contributing to the discussion!

  • If you close down the Crookston Road corridor I'd like to know how you intend to limit traffic congestion at the Carol street corridor. This is already pretty bad during peak hour. I'm also wondering where you intend for people to park their vehicle if you shut down street parking on one side of Crookston road, as it is a very busy street where parked cars are concerned.

    melanie.damtsis asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question Melanie! The Feasibility Study was completed to show possible changes that could be made to the corridor, and is not a final decision.  This consultation process is the next step for us to find out what issues and solutions the community wants to see, so your questions are very important to us.

    I will also mention that at this stage we are not making any proposals for the section of Crookston Road between High Street and Cheddar Road (including this crossover) as we will wait until the Level Crossing Removal work has been completed so we can understand the impacts on traffic in the area better.

    In regards to Crookston road street parking, it is the same process as mentioned above. We are gathering all of the feedback (including from these questions) and will use the feedback to inform our concept plan.

    Thanks again for contributing to the discussion!

  • Will you make a dedicated and safe cycle path along Broadhurst Avenue? I have nearly been driven into by motorists on a number of occasions at the roundabouts where motorists just don't seem to see cyclists. This will make the route down to the Merri Creek cycle/footpath far safer.

    Derek asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question, Derek! When we conducted the Feasibility Study in 2018 for Broadhurst Avenue, a separated cycle lane was not suggested for this location. This is why it is so valuable for us to hear first-hand accounts from our community who use the streets regularly.

    At this stage we are collecting the community's thoughts on the issues and possible solutions, and we will come up with a proposal using that information. Your suggestion is great, and will included as part of our feedback results. If you haven't done so yet, please feel free to respond to the survey, and to share it with other people you know who may use the street frequently.

  • Will you improve footpath and cycling safety along High St at this section? I rarely see cyclists properly using the road but always using the footpath for both directions, of traffic, often speeding past pedestrians with little room.

    Lago asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question! The Northern Reservoir Corridor is an east-west link that includes Broadhurst Avenue (from Merri Creek to High Street), and Crookston Road (from Cheddar Road to Darebin Creek). High Street (north-south) is outside of the scope of this project.