service road with bicycle lane at junction

Service in plain sight

Cycling infrastructure doesn’t have to be exclusive or even delineated. Along wide roads with lower speed limits the sharing of space is natural without conflict. Melbourne has numerous service roads of exactly these characteristics paralleling major traffic routes, but it all falls apart at the intersections. Continue reading Service in plain sight

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Pedestrian downgrade at Flinders St Station

Sneaking in reductions in utility and safety while claiming the opposite, politics at its worst. The recent redevelopment of the Flinders St Station forecourt facing onto Swanston St was promoted explicitly as improvements to protection by the City of Melbourne but the majority users of the intersection have been short changed with an absolute reduction in accessibility. Continue reading Pedestrian downgrade at Flinders St Station

Carry on Racing Lights

Although not the extreme example covered previously where bicycles were completely ignored in Melbourne’s intersection designs, most designs look the other way and still ignore the fundamental guidances on safety. There is a repeated assumption that all vehicles on the road will be travelling at the speed limit dangerously placing bicycles in conflict with pedestrians and cars. All in the name of increasing throughput and putting the publics safety as a lower priority. Almost everywhere you look its the same story and not changing. Continue reading Carry on Racing Lights

Alluring Pedestrian Crossings

Taking all the desirable properties of a pedestrian crossing and applying them to a location where there is no pedestrian priority, true disaster style. With a paucity of guidance for pedestrians at intersections in the standards and manuals its left up to the imagination of the car centric road designers. What we get is inconsistent and dangerous pedestrian facilities. Continue reading Alluring Pedestrian Crossings