New tech charts Melbourne’s coolest routes

When heading to NSLF events this year, you’ll now be able to find the coolest routes through the city on hot summer days, thanks to City of Melbourne‘s new digital wayfinding tool.

As Melbourne experiences more frequent, extended and intense heatwaves due to climate change, City of Melbourne has been committed to helping residents and visitors travel through the city more safely and comfortably.

Introducing the Cool Routes tool – an easy-to-use program that identifies cooler streets based on tree canopy, temperatures of different surface types and building materials, green spaces, and trends in how people walk and cycle around the city.

City of Melbourne has also installed sensors to capture real-time data on air temperature, wind, humidity and air quality. This helps to verify the best routes and understand how the Council can design and build a cooler future for Melbourne.

For example, sensor data shows that places with a healthy tree canopy are cooler by two to five degrees. City of Melbourne plants around 3000 trees each year, as urban greening is a key part of their response to climate change.

Exposure to extreme heat can impact infrastructure, businesses, plants, animals and people, causing heat exhaustion, heatstroke and other serious health issues. This is why the Cool Routes tool is one of many initatives delivered by City of Melbourne to help the community beat the heat.

To find out more, have a look at the City’s Heatwave Response Plan or use the Cool Routes on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

You can also be sure you’re staying hydrated by remembering to carry a water bottle with you and using this handy interactive map of Melbourne’s 60+ hydration stations.

Stay cool, Melbourne!