Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza: North East Ward ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza

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?        

Reducing blind spots both for pedestrians and drivers, use of high visibility marking on roads, use raised medians and islands to make it more visible for drivers, more signage and curb extension and installation of rectangular rapid flashing LED beacons (Pedestrian activated e.g push buttons or passive switches) at all pedestrian road crossings.

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

If elected I will campaign for pedestrian safety awareness program. I will campaign for extension of   curbs (widening of footpaths and medians) and to install pedestrian countdown timer and pedestrian fencing.

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

Provide awareness on benefits of walking such as walking is among the most cost effective and accessible mean of exercise,  walking helps to maintain physical and cognitive independence in old age preventing variety of health benefits etc.

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?

Resurfacing/levelling of foot paths, widening of curbs, installation of pedestrian fencing and use of more visible signage.

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

I will encourage council to construct raised and visible pedestrian crossing, install pedestrian fencing and countdown timers for pedestrian and drivers as well.

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

I would suggest installation of clear warning signs, raised speed breakers, more school crossing supervisors and increase police patrolling during school times.

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

I recommend installation of effective street lights particularly at blind spots, levelling / resurfacing of footpaths and pedestrian fencing.

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?

On-street parking on Sydney road makes it more risky and causes increased congestion on road. To my understanding Council should remove all street parking from Sydney road and measures should be taken to increase capacity of existing car parks by transforming into multi level car parks.

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?

Council can, in collaboration with State Government, run road safety awareness programs for drivers and pedestrians. Stricter road rules can be suggested to make drivers and pedestrian accountable. Installation of smart signage and signals can also play positive role in this regards.  

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)?

Frequent, efficient, affordable and accessible public transport plays a vital role in reducing road congestions. This can also be achieved by incentivising use of public transports. Building dedicated bike paths and providing awareness on health, environmental and financial benefits of cycling will also be helpful in reducing road congestions.