Ismene Thiveos: North East ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Ismene Thiveos

1. What are your most important priorities to increase pedestrian safety specifically in the ward you hope to represent as well as in the rest of Moreland?

I think it is important Council is quick and responsive to fixing footpaths so that they are accessible to everyone. I will also promote more pedestrian/zebra crossings.

2. If elected, what will you do to help reduce pedestrian road trauma in Moreland?

 Decreasing speed limits in local streets, and increasing things such as speed bumps, stop signs and other measures to slow traffic down.

3. What vision do you have to actively encourage older adults to walk in Moreland?

I want Council to be able to quickly respond to footpath maintenance and repairs. If older adults are hindered because of unsafe walking infrastructure this needs to be fixed. I also know from talking to my grandparents that having places of rest in shade is important to take breaks on daily walks. I would advocate for more suitable seating.

4. In what ways should Council increase its investment in the maintenance and improvements to footpaths and other outdoor public infrastructure to reduce falls injuries?

Allocating more of the budget to fixing footpaths. Working with state government on major projects so footpaths are a main priority. 

5. If elected, how will you encourage Council to implement proven street design measures to reduce vehicle speeds?

We need to have a clear strategic council plan around traffic measures. I would be in favour of implementing street design measures to slow traffic.

6. What measures would you implement to stop speeding near schools?

I would make sure that school crossings were as visible as possible, and that they had the needed resources, like crossing supervisors.

7. What improvements are needed for footpaths to make them safer for pedestrians after dark?

Installation of lighting and improving existing lighting is a priority of mine. Everyone, especially women have the right to move around after dark. This also fits in with making sure footpaths are safe to use when dark.

8. The majority of surveyed Sydney Rd. users support the removal of all on-street parking to make way for wider footpaths and protected cycling lanes in both directions. Do you agree with this and if so, how would you work to achieve this if elected?

Sydney Rd is a long and diverse road and one policy does not fit all. We need to work with all stakeholders and be innovative in how me move cars off Sydney Rd. At the same time it will be difficult in terms of accessibility for all parking to be removed.

9. What strategies are needed by Council, in collaboration with the State Government, to introduce a driver education campaign in regard to stopping for, giving way and slowing down for pedestrians at intersections, zebra crossings, school crossings and other hot spots?

We need to work with the Victorian Government to deliver a local road safety campaign with Council.

10. As the local population grows, so does local traffic and through traffic. How do you propose to address the competing interests of different transport users i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, private and commercial vehicle drivers and public transport (trams and buses)?

The most effective way to get cars off our roads is to increase public transport frequency and options. I’ll work with the state government to get better public transport outcomes, especially in the north.