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Parts Of Melbourne’s CBD Could Become Car-Free In The Near Future

By Ben Tyers
5th Apr 2018


This morning, the City Of Melbourne has thrown forward a couple of discussion papers that will help shape the future of the Melbourne CBD.

One big piece of news is that they’re considering car-free “superblocks” in the CBD that will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists, reduce on-street parking, create more green spaces, and allow more alfresco dining and street trading.

The idea is similar to that found in Oslo, Norway, where the city plans on making its CBD car-free by the end of next year. Bloody bold.

At the moment 61% of the Hoddle Grid is taken up by roads and on-street parking, so if this happens it’s going to create a ton of new space for you to hang out in—but also for those guys that spray paint themselves in gold and pretend to be statues.

The great part about all this is that you can have your say, head to participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au to vent give your considered opinion.

If you're keen for a walk before this happens, check out our rundown on the best walks near Melbourne.

Image credit: City Of Melbourne

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