promotional armoured vehicle parked across shared path

Roll out the Armour

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre continues its commercially focused use of public space by turning it up to “eleven” and parking an armoured vehicle across the bicycle route, its so ridiculous you can’t make this stuff up!

Positioning the main entrance to the exhibition halls onto the street, the pedestrian crossing flows into an enormous zebra crossing of the concourse and is aligned to funnel people into rather than around their space. Even the pedestrian/bicycle layouts in Google maps are confused with the misaligned paths.

map of misaligned paths at pedestrian crossing

Rather than realign the pedestrian crossing or paths to facilitate movement through the area, the distances are minimised between the tram stops, promenade to the city (to the right) and the front doors of the exhibition centre. Already a mess of bollards and posts to navigate through the armoured vehicle is placed out from the stairs across the shared path route.

Note that the motorcycle parking is legal on footpaths from Victorias road rules:

197 Stopping on a path, dividing strip, nature strip, painted island or traffic island
(1) A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless—
(a) the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules; or
(b) the driver’s vehicle is a motor cycle and the driver stops in a place where the motor cycle does not inconvenience, obstruct, hinder or prevent the free passage of any pedestrian or other vehicle; or
(c) the driver is using a vehicle for the purpose of the operation of a detection device prescribed for the purposes of section 66 of the Road Safety Act 1986.

But leaving an armoured vehicle in place is most certainly not, complete with their cute detail of temporary pedestrian bollards to prevent anyone getting too close to the delicate vehicle.

promotional armoured vehicle parked across shared path

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