City Mobility Plan 2030 Comments Submitted
April 30, 2020
The Cockburn welcomes the overall vision and objectives of the City Mobility Plan.
When considered in conjunction with the draft policy revisions in the City Plan 2030, there is clearly an emerging potential for the city to take major steps forward toward a lower carbon, climate-ready and more sustainable city with a diversify of sustainable travel opportunities.
Taken in the round, the draft City Mobility Plan arguably does show ambition, proposing concrete measures to reduce/manage demand for car trips into the city and to promote and encourage the use of sustainable transport modes. It includes plans to develop high-capacity transit corridors and cycle routes on major arterial roads, tackle freight transport issues, and enable transhipment hubs and green last-mile deliveries.
However, the Cockburn does not believe that this is a plan nor even a strategic framework. It reads like a project list, a wish list or an infrastructure and Investment programme, But on this last and fundamental point, there is almost a complete lack of detail. An infrastructure and investment programme is not the same thing as a mobility plan. There needs to be much more focus on the underlying actions and behaviours of individuals, and how to influence those. It would also be reasonable for such a plan to be accompanied with an indication of cost and how it will be funded. In addition, since turning policy/plan into action is often problematic.