Streets for People Preston Activity Link

Map of Preston Activity Link corridor including Cramer Street from Eric Street and Elizabeth Street to St Georges Road, and Gower Street from Plenty Road to Chifley Drive.

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 Preston Activity Link, we are now collating your feedback from the latest round of community engagement.


What's happened so far?

The Preston Activity Link includes three sections:

  • Preston West - Eric Street and Cramer Street between Elizabeth Street and St Georges Road
  • Preston Central - Cramer Street and Gower Street between St Georges Road and Plenty Road
  • Preston East - Gower Street and Chifley Drive between Plenty Road and Darebin Creek

The full Feasibility Study Report includes this and seven other Streets for People corridors. This report was endorsed by Council in October 2018.

The corridor is affected by its intersections with major roads, tram routes and train lines, and has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, public transport, local business and schools. This 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 vision for the Streets for People project is:

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

We have now enagaged our community for two stages:

  • March 2019 - Identifying issues and feedback on the Feasibility Study
  • February 2020 - Feedback on the draft proposals


What's happening next?

Using the feedback we collected during both rounds of engagement, we are reviewing the draft proposals again to develop the final concept designs for the Preston Activity Link (West).

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

Please note that the Preston Activity Link – Preston East has been postponed. Please register to get updates on this section of the Streets for People 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 Preston Activity Link, we are now collating your feedback from the latest round of community engagement.


What's happened so far?

The Preston Activity Link includes three sections:

  • Preston West - Eric Street and Cramer Street between Elizabeth Street and St Georges Road
  • Preston Central - Cramer Street and Gower Street between St Georges Road and Plenty Road
  • Preston East - Gower Street and Chifley Drive between Plenty Road and Darebin Creek

The full Feasibility Study Report includes this and seven other Streets for People corridors. This report was endorsed by Council in October 2018.

The corridor is affected by its intersections with major roads, tram routes and train lines, and has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, public transport, local business and schools. This 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 vision for the Streets for People project is:

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

We have now enagaged our community for two stages:

  • March 2019 - Identifying issues and feedback on the Feasibility Study
  • February 2020 - Feedback on the draft proposals


What's happening next?

Using the feedback we collected during both rounds of engagement, we are reviewing the draft proposals again to develop the final concept designs for the Preston Activity Link (West).

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

Please note that the Preston Activity Link – Preston East has been postponed. Please register to get updates on this section of the Streets for People project.


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

  • I have not understood whether the plan is to close Cramer Street to traffic completely, from Gilbert Road to James Street or whether local traffic will still be able to drive along Cramer Street down to James, left into James, and right into Booth Street.

    Belmont asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The draft proposal is for a vehicle closure on James Street, between Eric Street and Cramer Street. Under this proposal, motorists can still use Cramer Street heading west, then turn left at James Street and right into Booth Street, and vice versa. People walking, wheeling or riding (non-motorised devices) would still be able to access James Street to the north of Cramer Street.

    We would love to hear what you think, so if you haven't done so yet, please complete the survey. Or if you have any more questions, just let us know!

    The Street for People team


  • Are you able to reopen the survey as there was not much time to respond. With the limited information you provided on the flyer and the short time period to do the survey, I feel like we were not given the opportunity to have our say. Are you able to reopen?

    Dianne asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question and for your interest in participating in the survey. Sorry you missed the opportunity to respond to the survey, but due to the tight timeline for this project, we are unable to re-open the survey.

    However, if you have any particular concerns or comments about the project please email us. We are also looking at increasing the opportunities for participation at the next stage of engagement where we will be seeking further feedback from the community. You can register to receive updates to make sure you don’t miss out when this takes place.


  • Other than the survey, what consultation will be conducted with the residents that will be directly impacted on by any changes? Will everyone be given a fair opportunity to express and present their opinions or preferences?

    Elizabeth L asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question Elizabeth!

    Council uses multiple channels to ensure the widest cross section of the community is reached for feedback. All residents along the Preston Activity Link corridor have been mailed an information flyer, and we have also advertised the consultation process through the Preston Leader, both online and in print, and on our Darebin Facebook page. 

    This Saturday we are holding a community drop-in session at Preston Library between 10am and 12pm for those who would like to speak to us directly rather than online. This will provide an opportunity to discuss issues and what you see as potential solutions for safer, greener travel in the corridor.

    We will also be holding a workshop for selected Street Champions. All of the feedback we receive will help us to develop a concept plan for the corridor that aims to balance the needs of all road users in the precinct.