Supporting the economic and social recovery of our high streets and towns centres using pilots & trials and a tactical urbanism approach

As we enter lockdown 2.0 – the community, government and business owners are asking:

  • How do we ensure the long-term survival of our high streets and town centres across Victoria?
  • How do we balance the economic needs of getting people back into our streets & centres, and the need for social distancing?
  • How do we allocate space that enables people to safely dwell and spend time in our centres whilst balancing with our travel needs to move around and pass through?
  • How do we deliver immediate changes that support long term shift towards sustainable transport?

With the need to act now to increase social distancing, while supporting economic recovery – cities around the world are looking towards short-term, low-cost, scalable interventions that can catalyse long-term change to improve the experience for people who walk and cycle, while activating and making our high streets and centres an attractive place to be.

This webinar will explore some of these challenges as well as the opportunities for how we can re-energise our high streets and centres through the perspectives of our three speakers:




Fatima Mohamed, Director Metropolitan Central - Transport and Planning at Department of Transport
Movement & Place Pilots & Trials to Support Recovery:
Planning and implementing pilots and trials on Victoria’s road & street network to support people move around post-lockdown


Sophie Camburn, Principal Architect & Masterplanner at Arup
Cardiff (UK) Recovery Strategy
Developing a strategy that addresses both the immediate challenges around reopening the city centre and the longer-term opportunities to improve public space in the city as we move out of lockdown.



Andrew Reynolds, Senior Urban Designer at Arup
Making Tactical Urbanism Happen
How can we move from temporary concepts to permanent solutions? How can we lock-in some of this recent short-term change, to get longer-term gain?

The session will be facilitated by Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer at Victoria Walks.

This Techtalk is proudly brought to you by Victoria Walks, VicHealth, ITE-ANZ and Arup

Victoria Walks