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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Media Release

Less cars equals more people

Future options become much easier without cars in North Hobart

Future Transport Tasmania strongly endorses Hobart City Council Alderman Helen Burnet’s motion to have a trial car-free zone in the North Hobart commercial district.
In February this year, world-renowned architect and urban planner Professor Jan Gehl visited Hobart and delivered a detailed seminar outlining the benefits of closing streets to cars and opening them up to pedestrians. Hobart’s own Salamanca Place is a perfect example of how much more popular a large area of open space can be when the cars are excluded. FTT is encouraged by these ideas and hopes to see more progress towards a people and public transport friendly city, rather than a car focussed city. The group wants Hobart to have more streets opened to pedestrians to ensure that people can enjoy these areas. Ald Burnet has suggested that the trial look at “leave the car at home options, consistent with the Council’s alternative transport strategies".

During the car-free zone trial FTT would like to see Metro introduce shuttle bus services from the city to get more people to North Hobart. At a time when the Government is considering increasing bus fares, FTT would prefer to see more bus services and more advertising, promoting their benefits, rather than discouraging people from using Metro buses.

Future Transport Tasmania Spokesperson, Toby Rowallan said; ‘Many cities around the world and also in Australia are working on creating larger areas of open public space. It is encouraging to see this concept being considered for Hobart. Every Saturday, Salamanca Place is a shining example of what can be done. Future Transport Tasmania is of the view that Salamanca Place would be better if it were permanently open to people only, certainly the section between Montpelier Retreat and the Silos.

‘Hobart City Council’s considerable effort to make the North Hobart shopping strip unique and enjoyable could be argued as the reason the area has become so popular. FTT believes that this trial proposed by Ald Burnet for February will connect people with this special part of our city.’

‘FTT will also promote the consideration of light rail along Elizabeth Street. If the trial is successful this would be by far the best means of getting large numbers of people from the City centre to North Hobart, and other areas.’

‘Well done to Ald Burnet for bringing this type of vision of wanting to encourage people into spaces to enjoy, not just drive through,’ finished Mr Rowallan.

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