Shepparton-based urban design group Spiire will today start gathering data to help plan the Maude St Mall redevelopment.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem said traffic video counters will be temporarily installed in and around the mall to detect the movement of cars, pedestrians and cycles to gauge how the mall is being used.
Cr Adem said the video resolution is insufficient for facial recognition.
He said traffic engineers will then use the information to better understand the workings of the mall as a pedestrian space and the flow of traffic in the surrounding streets.
Spiire is exploring the feasibility of four options to potentially redevelop and revitalise the Maude St Mall:
●Full re-opening — with the re-introduction of two-way traffic along Maude St, from Fryers St to High St.
●Partial re-opening — incorporating the development of additional car parking spaces with connecting one-way access along Maude St from High St and from Fryers St, exiting at Stewart St.
●Public space refurbishment — involving the retention of the mall as a pedestrianised public open space and the introduction of urban design measures to increase amenity and usability of the precinct.
●Partial re-opening, traffic and parking trial — additional parking with connecting one-way traffic entering from Fryers St and exiting into Stewart St. This option to be designed and costed as a trial with minimal infrastructure changes.
Cr Adem said although redevelopment work was not yet highly visible, it had started.
‘‘I can verify that a significant amount of work has already been completed,’’ Cr Adem said.
‘‘This project is about thoroughly exploring the feasibility of several options currently on the table, and data gathering is critical to informing any potential recommendations.
‘‘The pedestrian and cycling counts will provide an indication of how the mall currently works, identifying areas that may need to be enhanced, re-purposed or reconfigured,’’ he said.
The cameras will be initially in place today for 24 hours.
Additional counts will be done for comparison.