Tag Archives: Bicycle Lane

Slapping on the Paint

Melbourne city council like to promote their support of cycling but when you look deeper its often nothing more than a charade, highly visible window dressing that has little practical value or worse makes cycling less safe as here. Continue reading Slapping on the Paint

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

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

overhead view of a complex intersection with no bicycle lanes

Stranded Storage

Bicycle infrastructure follows a typical pattern in Melbourne, its dropped in place without considering its utility in a vain attempt to spend budgets and be seen to be doing something. Starting with that sort of ignorant design it quickly becomes a disaster once you add in the selfish public to the mix. Continue reading Stranded Storage


Flinders St Station fronts History

Of course the memories are in photo form to fit the blog and actually of the more interesting St Kilda Road which is the focus of the station and public transport in Melbourne. With recent mutterings of possible changes to the area it pays to look back at what has been and the slow evolution of the space. Continue reading Flinders St Station fronts History

view across T intersection

Herded into Danger

Back on the hunt for new infrastructure in Melbourne it didn’t take much effort to find an example of the continuing disregard for established standards, or basic safety. All to the backdrop of the much criticised rental bicycle scheme here on Wellington Parade South. Continue reading Herded into Danger

bicycle symbol painted on green bicycle lane

Providing space is not making space

Ignoring all the inadequacies of cycling infrastructure around Melbourne even that which is placed thoughtfully and built to the minimum standards (no surprises but this example doesn’t) it still fails to provide an environment that will encourage more people to use them. Continue reading Providing space is not making space

bicycle lane ends merging into traffic lane

A matter of Perspective

Bad infrastructure is easy to see when you are looking for it, but looking at the same road from different lanes can provide a radically different perspective. But we’ll start with the problem where bad infrastructure also requires bad driving. Continue reading A matter of Perspective

car double parked with hazards lights on

Tow Away

Double parked cars are unusual enough, but this effort across two lanes rates a special mention. So why is the driver needing to block lanes? Continue reading Tow Away

car driving toward cyclist

Police Prejudice

Internationally there are many examples of the inherent biases present within Police forces, so how does Victoria Police deal with a reported incident involving a cyclist? Continue reading Police Prejudice