pedestrians queuing behind bollards

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

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Escalator Queues and the Interlopers

Melbourne’s major train stations have moved to escalators and lifts as the way to and from platforms. While there are some rules for use posted on them, keeping to the left if not moving isn’t one of them. Continue reading Escalator Queues and the Interlopers

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

pedestrians still crossing road with bicycle moving past at speed

Pedestrians Racing the Lights

Transport in the city of Melbourne is dominated by pedestrians. Slowly streets have been closed to private vehicles while retaining the iconic trams to carry people across the dense grid of roads, but priority still remains with motorised transport. In the rush to move more people through the same space the speed is excluding some people from safely walking. Continue reading Pedestrians Racing the Lights