Tag Archives: Parking

golf cart in middle of shared path

Pedestrian space is for Pedestrians

Shared space has been somewhat of a catch all for lumping together different transport modes with pedestrians, but Melbourne takes it a step further with uncontrolled use of golf carts within the city. Continue reading Pedestrian space is for Pedestrians

many bicycles attached to fence along full length

Parking Overflow

Clear and sunny days might have freezing starts to them but despite being the middle of winter dry days still make for comfortable cycling. But where to park? Already seeing the bicycle parking of the city taken over with advertising cyclists some times get creative and find informal parking locations but even they have their limits. Continue reading Parking Overflow

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

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! Continue reading Roll out the Armour

bicycle route sign painted on pavement

Suggesting Routes

The City of Melbourne Council is once again showing its apathy for cycling with their new route setting along the Yarra River, suggesting cyclists take the northern Bank from Queensbridge onwards via the excitingly named Banana Alley instead of the shorter and obvious route over the Sandridge Bridge. Continue reading Suggesting Routes

McColls branded truck parked on a road

Selfishness Spills Over

Businesses are out to make profit, otherwise they would setup shop as charities (although there are some famous charities in Australia making huge profits from their products while avoiding taxes). Governments set boundaries for their operations often from public pressure such as the Labour movement fighting for better conditions for workers, or the mundane every day of traffic laws. Continue reading Selfishness Spills Over

taxi double parked next to empty car space

Parking, Taxi style

Taxis use their transient nature to gain many special rules for parking, and although Melbourne allows all vehicles to park in bicycle lanes taxis find new and creative ways eek out additional advantages. Continue reading Parking, Taxi style

trucks parking in middle of road

Disaster of the Commons

Following the tale of tragedy of the commons, where a public space is available it will be abused for the profit of the greedy, we can find examples abound in Melbourne but the new bicycle lanes installed on Rogers Street show an unmistakable co-ordinated abuse of public resources. Continue reading Disaster of the Commons

clearway full of parked cars

Notional Clearway

Clearways in Melbourne make news this week with a tow truck driver failing to notice a sleeping occupant in a vehicle they towed for parking illegally, but away from the highly publicised tow away areas clearways are anything but. Continue reading Notional Clearway

bicycle as a billboard locked to a bicycle hoop

Stealing Space

Businesses require a permit to have an advertising board taking up space on the footpath, but skirt around this by simply adorning vehicles in their advertising instead. With on street (visible) parking severely restricted in the city the shops have taken to a cheaper form of vehicle. Continue reading Stealing Space