Share Our Streets is the City of Melbourne’s road safety program which encourages all road users in Melbourne to show courtesy and respect to make their journey around the city safer and more enjoyable – for everyone!
Share Our Streets addresses issues specific to the City of Melbourne’s unique urban environment. For example:
- Shared spaces: Some of our favourite Melbourne destinations are shared spaces, like Southbank. Walkers and cyclists may seem like odd couples but they need to get along. We remind everyone to look out for others in shared spaces.
- Distractions: One of the biggest problems for walkers is the distraction of mobile phones – walking and talking do not necessarily go together.
- Car dooring: This remains a problem, particularly along St Kilda Road. Motorists are reminded to look out for cyclists when opening their car doors after parking.
From March 2014, the Share Our Streets teams will be on the streets of Melbourne. Street teams will share common sense tips that can make a big difference to everyone’s experience of the city – whether it’s reminding walkers to look up and be aware of their surroundings or asking cyclists to ride at a more relaxed speed and to ring their bell. Watch our video about Share Our Streets.
Check out our Share Our Streets campaign (PDF, 3.5MB) featuring residents, workers and visitors who walk, run, skate, ride and drive in the City of Melbourne. Based on the theme of ‘odd couples’, the photos depict pairs of different road users posing together in the spirit of respect and cooperation.
Share Our Streets is an action of the Road Safety Plan. The plan aims to improve safety for vulnerable road users – walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists. We know that as many as four in five crashes in the central city involve vulnerable road users.
Share Our Streets complements other road safety actions from the plan. Fun and engaging activities in key crash locations identified in the plan, are one way we can have conversations about care and responsibility of all road users.