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Mobility profiles for local areas: developing an interactive decision-making tool for urban design, transport and accessibility improvements in Melbourne's activity centres

Active transport Cities and towns City infrastructure Local government Urban planning Accessibility Mobility Australia Melbourne
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Abstract: The Melbourne 2030 metropolitan strategy nominates the shift of car trips to public transport, walking and cycling, and the consolidation and densification of activity centres as key policy goals (DOI, 2002). This integration of urban design, land development and transport planning reverberates at the local government level, where many councils have struggled to reconcile the competing interests of development pressures, public space quality and the inherent contradictions of state government transport policies that still fail to convey clear priorities in favour of sustainable transport modes. The Transport, Accessibility and Mobility Indicators (TAMI) pilot project has been developed in close collaboration with seven local councils, using selected activity centres on their territories as case studies. Reviewing and building on national and international best practice at measuring sustainability performance in the field of transport, accessibility and mobility, the project delivers tools to help decision-makers at the local level to better understand the transport and urban design strengths and shortfalls of their activity centres, and to use this data as input for strategic planning tasks along the Melbourne 2030 principles. This paper introduces the suite of local area indicators compiled during the TAMI pilot project in 2006-07 and reflect on the opportunities and barriers encountered in their application to the local planning process.

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