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Submission on Impact of Road Safety Behaviours on Vulnerable road users

TAC statistics by road user of 27 Road User Fatalities for Merri-bek LGA 2013-2022

Climate Action Merribek teamed up with Sustainable Fawkner to preparare a submission to a Legislative Assembly Inquiry into the impact of road safety behaviours on vulnerable road users. It was submitted 19 May 2023.

We started with highlighting problem locations around Merri-bek municipality, particularly in the northern suburbs. This is by no means a comprehensive list but more illustrative of the many issues facing vulnerable users at specific locations. We then highlighted the need to address infrastructure to address safety and also as a response to reduce transport emissions. We came up with the following recommendations:

Invest in Safer infrastructure for vulnerable road users. Increasing safety for vulnerable road users means investing in safer footpaths, crossings, separated bike paths and protected bike lanes, and where pedestrian and cycling traffic is low, more shared use bike paths.

More Safety signage. It also means that more safety signage at key intersections is used warning drivers of both pedestrian and cycling activity, including early start signage for cyclists.

Driver Education. In the past too much emphasis has been placed on changing behaviours of vulnerable road users for their own safety as part of education campaigns. This amounts to ‘Blaming the Victim’. There needs to be a much greater focus on drivers sharing public roads, with an emphasis on safety, and also encouraging use of cycling and walking for local trips.

Addressing safety of vulnerable road users needs to also address the need to reduce transport emissions. The saftey of vulnerable road users and the need to change mobility behavious to reduce emissions should both drive more investment in active transport infrastructure. As dedicated infrastructure improves there is likely to be a compounding increase of active transport mode share reflecting the improved safety environment for vulnerable road users. This requires a boost to recurrent funding for active transport as a proportion of Transport funding in the Victorian budget

Build safe cycling infrastructure along the Strategic Cycling corridors. Sometime, like the extension of the Upfield bike path beyond the M80, this is entirely new infrastructure waiting to be built.

Increase funding to active transport to 20 percent of the state transport budget, as recommended by the United Nations.

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May 20, 2023 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

Delivering IPCC report to Peter Khalil MP to #SafeGuardOurClimate

Merribek citizens delivered the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment synthesis climate report to Labor MP for Wills Peter Khalil office on Friday March 24. Along with this report a transcript of the UN Secretary General’s speech launching the report was also handed over, as well as a statement from 6 Pacific nations calling for the phaseout of coal and gas. (see below for full details)

Peter is now part of the Federal Government. But he has had little discussion with climate and environment groups in his electorate over climate policy, particularly the implementation of the proposed Safeguard mechanism. He had promised the establishment of a Wills Climate and Environment Advisory Group since his re-election in May 2022.

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March 25, 2023 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Scientist open letter for no new coal and gas delivered to Wills MP Peter Khalil

On 10 March Climate Action Merribek Convenor John Englart delivered an open letter from scientists and climate experts to Peter Khalil’s office on Sydney Road Coburg.

118 scientists and climate experts have now signed this open letter. Climate Action Merribek signed in support via email on 23 February 2023. Some 50 Civil Society organisations have also signed in support of this open letter.

Peter Khalil has failed to consult, engage and listen to constutents and groups working in the climate space in his electorate of Wills over the proposed Safeguard mechanism. He has long promised to initiate an advisory committee on climate and environment which has failed to come to pass.

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March 11, 2023 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Broadmeadows candidates support climate emergency #vicvotes2022

Candidates | Forums | Scorecards | UpperHouse | Climate Emergency Declarations | Forest Pledges

The 2022 State election date is Saturday November 26.

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November 11, 2022 at 6:35 pm 1 comment

Premier Dan Andrews, time to declare an ecological and climate emergency

A Petition has been launched for Premier Daniel Andrews to declare an Ecological and Climate Emergency for Victoria.

Please sign and share the petition among your networks. The petition URL: https://www.change.org/VictoriaClimateEmergency

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January 17, 2020 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

VoteClimate in the Victorian Senate for 2019

The power in the Senate is likely to be held by crossbenchers. The order of your preferences could be important for determining who is elected. Make sure you preference based on climate policy from strong candidates to weak. Preference at least 6. Voteclimate recommends to mark at least 16 boxes above the line to minimise your preferences being exhausted.
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May 13, 2019 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Wills candidates Forum on Climate and Sustainability #ausvotes19 #willsvotes

2019 Wills votes Climate Forum

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has visited the Governor General and called the Federal election for Saturday May 18. This is widely seen as a climate election, with environmental issues and addressing the climate crisis up there with health, education and taxation.

Climate Action Moreland will be holding a meet the Candidates forum at Merlynston Progress Hall on Monday April 29, 2019. Register at Eventbright or Facebook.

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April 11, 2019 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

More climate ambition and Stop Adani a clear message from Wills Climate Forum to Mark Butler and Peter Khalil

Wills Climate Forum

Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil finally was able to organise a climate forum for his electorate centred on the City of Moreland, with shadow minister for climate and energy Mark Butler MP attending.

It was clear from the audience questions that although Labor is on the right track with climate policy, many citizens of Moreland think more ambition is needed given the climate crisis and the need for climate emergency planning. This was made clear by the most recent science in the IPCC 1.5C report published in October 2018. Most also want to see a clear statement and commitment to stop the Adani mine, and in fact any new coal or gas projects.
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February 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

Climate signal worsens for January extreme heat while heatwave ends Summer

The climate signal in Australia’s January heat has increased from around 15-fold in 2013 to 50-fold in 2019, according to preliminary analysis of summer temperature extremes.

Sophie Lewis is a climate researcher who was involved in an important climate attribution study that determined the angry summer of 2013 was influenced by climate change. Her preliminary research for January temperatures in 2019 shows a much larger climate signal.
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February 28, 2019 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Climate strike students visit Peter Khalil MP in Coburg

Climate Strike students visit Peter Khalil MP in Coburg


On Friday 22 February climate strike students from Castlemaine paid a visit to Moreland’s Federal Labor MP, Peter Khalil, at his Coburg office.

Peter Khalil has signed the climate emergency and also stated he opposes the Adani coal mine going ahead.

But the primary demands of the student climate strikers go beyond stopping Adani. They also include a target of 100 per cent renewables by 2030, and no new coal and gas projects.

The IPCC 1.5C report published last October made it clear we need to rapidly phaseout coal, and make rapid major transformations across all sectors of the economy such as agriculture, transport and stationary energy to meet the 1.5C Paris climate target.
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February 26, 2019 at 9:05 am 2 comments

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