Motorists in greater Hobart are being asked to have their say on a new strategy that addresses how the capital city can improve mobility in the area.
The Hobart City Council has
approved its draft Transport Strategy 2018-30 and released it for public
consultation. Have your say on the new strategy at hobartcity.com.au/transportstrategy.
Infrastructure Tasmania figures
from January show there are 220,000 people living in greater Hobart, with an
expected increase of 20,000 in the next 10 years.
The figures also showed that 83%
of all journeys to work in Hobart were by car, the highest of all Australian
The council, which decided on
eight pillars for the strategy, will allocate close to $500,000 per year
towards its implementation - amounting to $4.75 million over the next decade.
The strategy’s eight key pillars
Decisions based on current data
Working with the State Government
to ensure infrastructure funding, land use and transport planning that can
manage traffic hot spots across the city. As part of a Smart Cities approach
this could include real-time traffic and public transport information that
could be accessed by commuters on smart phone applications. This would help people
select the best travel option and could also include the collection of
pedestrian movement data.
Transport planning for future outcomes
Plan for walking and bicycle
networks in the CBD area and open up spaces for infrastructure to support these
networks. Collaborate with the Glenorchy City Council to understand and
preserve the western shore rail corridor, including identifying the
opportunities, implications and work involved to bring the project to life.
Commence, with the Department of State Growth, planning to consider how buses,
light rail and ferries will integrate through a city transport interchange.
Continue planning work for the City to Cove project from 2017 to better link
pedestrians and cyclists to the waterfront and the proposed River Derwent ferry
service. As part of the ferry service, there is also a need to secure land
access for ferry wharf sites. Ensure public transport facilities and corridors
as well as cycleway spaces are provided in developing Macquarie Point. Advocate
for active travel infrastructure as the city expands and identify appropriate
parking stations in central Hobart.
Hobart has the highest number of
people walking to work of any Australian city, at about 7% as of January,
according to Infrastructure Tasmania. Strategy needs to focus on “destination”
walking, including to workplaces, shops, services and schools. A plan to
improve the walking network would include: the identification of key routes,
requirements for people of all abilities, capital works and street management
such as vehicle speed, pedestrian crossings, crossing timers and bike symbols,
as well as furnishing streets with durable paving and street furniture.
A bicycle plan that expands on
the use of bikes. This would be based on: connecting new key routes to the existing
network, developing neighbourhood networks - possibly on back streets – with
the support of wayfinding, as well as recreational, sporting and beginner
cyclist facilities. Also involved in this pillar is the provision of details on
active cycle routes to schools and the access to retail precincts.
Public transport to ease congestion
In conjunction with State Growth,
Metro Tasmania and private operators, develop a plan for short, medium and long
term public transport solutions in Hobart’s CBD. This would include buses,
ferries and light rail and associated infrastructure. Also investigate future
routes to Salamanca and Macquarie Point and advocate for a seamless single
system for transport information, ticketing and payments. Work to ensure the support
of taxis and Uber drivers, partner with UTAS to establish a bicycle share and
car share program at an accommodation site and explore park and ride facilities
Continue the use of electric
vehicle charging facilities seen in the Hobart Central Car Park and the roll out
of a new parking system where motorists can pay through mobile apps. These
could identify pricing rates and available car spaces to reduce CBD traffic,
while also alerting parking officers to drivers parked in clearways. Advocate
for parking stations at suburban centres to encourage park and ride by public
transport and develop a policy on allocating parking spaces for car-sharers.
Investigate the use of a private car parking space levy in the CBD to be used
on pedestrian improvements. Work to centralise parking in city centre or
suburban centres rather than through individual commercial land owners. Develop
a “parklet” program where businesses or individuals can host a small park in
place of an on street parking space for bike parking.
Work with TasPorts to improve
pedestrian linkages between Hobart’s CBD and the waterfront as well as
improving wayfinding and signage around Hobart.
Managing the traffic network
Develop a Smart Roads plan, like
in Victoria, where road use is allocated to different modes of transport at
different times of the day. This includes bus and bicycle lanes during morning
and afternoon peak periods but prioritising parking during the middle of the
day. Also being considered is workplace travel plans where people are
encouraged to consider public transport, walking or cycling, shifting their
journey outside of peak hour, avoiding a trip by working from home or finding
alternate routes to work. There is also the consideration of 40km/h speed limits
in residential areas and the Hobart CBD. In addition there could be a suburban trial
of a UK-style shared street zone, which involves reduced speed limits to grant
equal priority to all modes of transport alongside pedestrians. There are also
plans to install and upgrade pedestrian and cycling infrastructure as well as
the provision of an online portal to help commuters plan their journeys.
The Federal and State
governments’ Hobart City Deal agreement, reached in January, included assessing
the feasibility of future public transport options such as busways, light rail