Oscar Yildiz: North West ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Oscar Yildiz

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?

  • Better and continued investment in safer infrastructure, better walking paths and any positive measures to improve pedestrian safety for all ages.
  • Council has projected $211 million towards capital works over the next 4 years.
  • Safer pedestrian crossings including more zebra crossings.
  • Traffic/speed slowing and calming measures/speed detection devices.
  • More CCTV cameras.
  • More visible signage and a better system of reporting hazards or issues that impact on pedestrian safety.
  • Speed humps in streets where speed is a concern.
  • Traffic islands.
  • Road/street reflectors.
  • Better solar sign reflectors.

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

  • More education in ensuring drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are responsible and respect the road rules by TAC and VicRoads.
  • Respond to black spots/accident prone areas by addressing any safety concerns.
  • More signage and marking i.e. zebra crossings.
  • Better lighting.
  • More Traffic lights.
  • CCTV.
  • Ensure we have good continued dialogue with the respective MP’s and VicRoads.
  • Reduced speed limits i.e. 30klm infront of schools.

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

  • More investment in safer footpaths.
  • Better lighting.
  • More resting/seating options that are undercover.
  • More available and accessible public toilets.
  • More water fountains.
  • More public bins.
  • All intersections should have tactile paving.

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?

  • Council has projected $211 million towards capital works over the next 4 years. Much of this will be directed to resurfacing roads and footpaths.
  • Council prioritises roads and footpaths that require urgent attention and funding is never enough.
  • It’s difficult to weigh up what service we need to reduce over another however pedestrian safety should always outweigh and be paramount.

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

  • We need more signage including reflective signs.
  • All Moreland bins should have the 40KLM engraved in them – not just a sticker.
  • Speed should be reduced i.e. to 40klm in most streets.
  • We need more solar speed reducing/traffic calming devices installed.
  • More education of L and P platers about trauma and the impact of speed on pedestrians and the community at large by the TAC.
  • Speed humps.
  • Traffic islands.
  • Better lighting.
  • Tactile/texture surfacing on some main roads.
  • Drivers need to have more awareness of pedestrian safety and Council must continue with its strategy to improve better street design to reflect the various measures available to it.

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

  • Council invested over $2.9 million on school crossing Supervisors over the past 4 years. Such investment must continue.
  • Student drop off and pick up locations should be in areas where there is no congestion.
  • Better safety for cyclists.
  • I believe a further 5klm – 10klm reduction to 30 – 35KLM should be considered as there are still a number of vehicles breaking the speed limit passing schools.

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

  • Better LED lighting.
  • Safer footpaths that are free of tripping hazards.
  • Wider footpaths.
  • More undercover seating at intervals.
  • CCTV.
  • More hazard identification by Council of footpaths that require attention.

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?

  • I’ve walked up and down Sydney Rd from Bell St Coburg to Brunswick Rd Brunswick and the business owners I’ve spoken to are against the removal of parking on Sydney Rd.
  • If there was availability of parking options behind business along the largest shopping strip in the Southern hemisphere then I could understand the reasoning.
  • Business is already on its knees, removing parking on Sydney Rd will put the final nail in the coffin. Business report that once the clearway commences they find a dramatic reduction in turnover.
  • I believe we must invest in the Upfield bike path and not remove parking along Sydney Road.

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?

  • I’m a strong advocate for educating drivers however this rests with the state government who via VicRoads mandates all traffic laws in Victoria. The state MP’s must have open dialogue with Council and lobby the Transport Minister to ensure more emphasis on pedestrian safety is included in all testing.
  • Council should continue to lobby and provide ongoing commentary on the issues around pedestrian, cycling and vehicle safety in Moreland to all MP’s that represent the various suburbs of Moreland.

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)?

  • It’s really disappointing that previous state governments did not plan for the future of this city based not just on population growth but also on the need for alternative transport.
  • We still have no duplication of the Upfield line, which has not changed in over 6 decades. This is not acceptable and would never happen in a marginal seat.
  • We also must invest in more bike parking solutions, I appreciate we have these at train stations but they must be available at other key locations around the city.
  • The Upfield bike path is pretty much the same since I was born. Many of the roads and paths have not changed in 50 years because our leaders believe it’s not a priority.
  • Council have limited funds and continue to contribute most of our revenue from rates to capital works. Is it enough? No and we must continue to lobby the state for more funding and support.
  • Council has detailed our priority in MITS which reflects the changes required for our city moving forward.
  • I don’t believe there is a 1 size fits all solution. We need to continue educating our community and encourage them to take up different modes of transport.
  • We are not Europe however there are many strategies that could be adopted to ease traffic congestion and encourage the uptake in public transport and cycling or walking.