bicycle racks with "do not park here" signs

None shall inconvenience the Bustitution

Planned works on Melbourne’s Alamein, Belgrave, Glen Waverley and Lilydale lines affected quite a sizeable portion of the metropolitan rail network this past week. With their closure of track sections closest to the central loop busses were ferrying passengers from already densely congested areas of the city but there was apparently no need to make extra space for all these people. Continue reading None shall inconvenience the Bustitution

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Melbourne Railway network map

Faster Trains by Skipping and Closing Stations

As Melbournes train lines increase their frequency to keep up with demand the passengers certainly appreciate the shorter waiting time and less crowding, but could we do even better? Although a few years old the train station patronage data from PTV allows some insights into how passengers as getting to the stations and from that we can estimate what effect station closures or timetable changes might have on the network. Continue reading Faster Trains by Skipping and Closing Stations

bicycle lane with wands between traffic lanes

Cementing the wrong way to do it

Another round of major roadworks and major steps backwards for inclusive cycling in Melbourne with the completion of the intersection of St Kilda Road and Toorak Road. Previously looked at due to its complete lack of bicycle lanes continuing through the busy intersection, now there are some lanes what do they look and feel like? Continue reading Cementing the wrong way to do it

Metro Trains time distortion

After the complete system wide failure of the Melbourne train network on the 13th of July where all vehicles were brought to a stop for over an hour in the middle of the evening peak, Metro Trains quickly back pedalled on their original position of not refunding all passengers and were widely quoted in the press as promising a refund to customers who used the system during that shutdown. Their promise was “within 30 days”…. Continue reading Metro Trains time distortion

Active travel as a checkbox

Infrastructure where pedestrian and cycling movements have been designed into the system are easy to forget, as they just naturally fit into the journey and require no thought to use so attract no attention. Then you have roads where motor traffic has been the only focus of the design and all other modes are left with whatever can fit around the fringes added just to meet a checkbox on a list, today is a look at one of these second examples. Continue reading Active travel as a checkbox

temporary marquee built onto shared path

Privatising Public Space

As has been predicted on this blog since the redevelopment of the riverfront South Wharf Promenade with each successive event/redevelopment/year the businesses continue to push their boundaries further into the public space. While the council initially seemed interesting in looking at the problems they’ve failed to follow up with any progress and the public space continues to erode. Continue reading Privatising Public Space