Feb 15, 2023 | Highlights, LinkedIn

People riding bikes through city

Transport planning: international experiences
MTF’s February meeting heard two presentations from local planners who have looked at overseas examples of urban transport planning.

Lisbon: reducing private vehicle use

Nuno Pires (Transport Planning Coordinator, City of Stonnington) described the transport changes introduced in Lisbon since 2011 as part of a 20 year plan to reduce transport related emissions in response to climate change. Lisbon saw a reduction in private vehicle use of 3 % over 6 years.
Lisbon’s bold strategy includes removal of vehicles from the town centre by banning old vehicles, dramatically reducing on street parking spaces (with fewer cars entering the city, fewer spaces were needed), putting roads on diets to create bike lanes, 30kph speed limits in the majority of streets, and neighbourhoods with restricted access – residents only- and legislation changes that prioritise pedestrians over other road users.

Curitiba, Brazil: Colour code integrated buses

Dr Luisiana Paganelli (RMIT Centre from Urban Research) spoke about how transport oriented design can transform a city, and can also expand with a city, as a Curitiba expanded from 300,000 people to over 2,000,000 over four decades. She described how Curitiba’s plans were created in advance of the expansion of the city, and provided the basis for implementation over many years.
Curatiba’s plans were based around multiple transport modes, allowing excellent access by all users, it is a trinary system with space for local access, arterial travel, and separate bus throughout the city. It has well integrated and distinct bus services, easily recognised by colour coding, with transport interchanges designed into the network from the start.
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Takeaways from the sessions

1. Have a Plan!
2. Use the Plan!
3. Implement the Plan!

Curitiba’s plans were created in advance of the expansion of the city



State budget review

The State and Federal budgets were the topic of a panel discussion involving council transport analysists, rail experts and a transport reporter from a major news outlet.


Better Buses in the West

Dr John Stone, Senior lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne spoke on Better Buses for Melbourne’s West at the MTF July meeting.