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Bunda Street obstacle course

By 1 October 2010 9

‘scuse the Friday whinge - but how long does it take to re-pave and concrete the Bunda St walkway? 

And that’s not a rhetorical question – I really want to know! 

It has been at least 4 months already (probably closer to 6?) and they look nowhere near done.  Half the time there’s just 1 person laying pavers (and I mean half the time; the other half of the time there is nobody).  Get some manpower in there and finish it!

Even the “finished” section in front of the new ACTEW building (bus interchange end) is not properly finished, with small sections still fenced.

And is there any compensation for the businesses?  They’ve been camped outside Phat Duck for at least 3 weeks – and as the owner has told me – how are they supposed to attract diners, or even takeaway customers, when there’s a concrete cutter running less than 2m from their front counter?

Wouldn’t the idea have been to have all this done before Floriade?

And while I’m at it – I vaguely remember a plan to block off Bunda St and make it a pedestrial mall?  This is a great idea!  You’d be mad to use Bunda St for any other purpose than showing off your car!  Even more so trying to drive through one of the pedestrian crossings underneath the Canberra Centre.

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9 Responses to Bunda Street obstacle course
#1
H1NG03:50 pm, 01 Oct 10

Making Bunda Street a pedestrian mall would kill it. The fact that it has traffic gives that area a good city vibe. Any sane motorist would avoid that street as there are like 5 or 6 pedestrian crossings in that area but I think having no traffic at all would make it feel like a ghost town. Look what happened to Garema Place. Its the closest thing Canberra has to the Champs-Élysées.

#2
Helen4:40 pm, 01 Oct 10

H1NG0 said :

Making Bunda Street a pedestrian mall would kill it. The fact that it has traffic gives that area a good city vibe.

Yeah, I love the vibe coming from exhaust fumes and irate motorists swearing at taxi drivers for giving way at pedestrian crossings.

#3
deye4:52 pm, 01 Oct 10

I wouldn’t want Bunda street as a pedestrian mall, making it single lane one way with parking on the other hand would be a good idea in my opinion.

#4
niftydog5:50 pm, 01 Oct 10

Shared zone – pedestrian priority, access for loading vehicles, taxis and local traffic (shop owners etc). Pedestrians are just about taking over the place anyway – crossing between parked cars etc.

#5
H1NG07:56 pm, 01 Oct 10

Helen said :

H1NG0 said :

Making Bunda Street a pedestrian mall would kill it. The fact that it has traffic gives that area a good city vibe.

Yeah, I love the vibe coming from exhaust fumes and irate motorists swearing at taxi drivers for giving way at pedestrian crossings.

Because the large vacant spaces and emo’s hanging out on goon pillows in Garema place is so much more attractive. Would be a shame for Canberra to feel like a city wouldn’t it?

#6
Aeek1:55 am, 02 Oct 10

as a cyclist its perfect, the motors keep the pedestrians under control and the pedestrians stop the motors from being too fast for me.

#7
Fiona10:44 am, 02 Oct 10

I happily just run in and out of the traffic.

#8
bd847:25 pm, 02 Oct 10

I think I have said this a few times, but there is no reason for Bunda St to be open to traffic from Genge St to Akuna St, it doesn’t go anywhere nor is it vital for the businesses in the area.

Instead of spending a lot of money replacing some pavement, they should have made the area a mall, restricted to a shared zone access for delivery and local traffic only. Then they could have allowed more outdoor restaurants etc.

#9
sepi9:16 pm, 02 Oct 10

Would making Bunda st a mall help bring foot traffic into Garema place, or just take away the few remaining customers i wonder?

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