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Should we ban smart watches while driving?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Using a mobile phone while driving has been an offence for quite some time now. But what about sending an SMS from an object that isn’t a phone?
My partner bought an Apple Watch on the weekend. Besides the fact that I think this product is a pointless piece of junk and a huge waste of [...]

Uber is coming to Canberra. Will you use it?

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you are a regular taxi user, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Uber, the upstart company that is threatening taxi industries all over the world.
Already operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Uber hopes to start operating in Canberra by October, with 1000 people already expressing interest in becoming drivers.
Uber works by providing [...]

AAMI and GIO CTP insurance premiums to decrease from 17 September

By 24 August 2015

The ACT Compulsory Third-Party (CTP) Insurance Regulator today announced that CTP insurance premiums charged by Suncorp Insurance for its AAMI and GIO brands will decrease from 17 September 2015 for a number of ACT motor vehicles.
Premiums for AAMI Insurance will decline significantly, with a family car premium falling by $25.00 to $565.00 from $590.00, equivalent [...]

Light rail – Yes, go ahead. No, stop now.

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 27 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

I am the Chair of the Canberra Public Transport Alliance, and a past Chair of the Combined Community Councils Transport Working Group. I am  concerned with the way the ACT Government is handling the light rail issue.

I do not believe ACT voters have been given any opportunity to collectively vote on whether they want a [...]

Inadequate disclosure of Canberra Centre parking credit card processing fee

By 11 August 2015
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With the introduction of the new parking machines and gates the Canberra Centre has also snuck in another change – a processing fee for using a credit card to pay for parking.
I found this out after I saw a medium sized sign in the carpark foyer saying something like “you can now pay at the [...]

30km speed limit in school zones?

By 4 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government would like community views to be expressed on reducing the speed limit around schools to 30kmph – but there has been nothing posted on the ‘Time to Talk’ website yet, so let’s start the community discussion here.
I think 40kph is slow enough – I do not want the speed limit to be dropped to 30kph [...]

Fly Pelican enters Canberra aviation market

By 3 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After so many airlines flying Canberra as part of a regional network have gone under (Rex, Brindabella), I was surprised to discover that there’s a brand new player doing the Canberra-Newcastle corridor.
Fly Pelican flies small 19-seater planes with propellers (to my airline-phobic concern) but while I would normally drive the six hours rather than fly, I [...]

Participants wanted for road safety study

By 21 July 2015

I am an undergraduate Psychology student at the Australian National University and I am seeking participants to take part in my road safety study.
The objective of the study is to explore factors that influence drivers’ perception of safety in urban and rural driving environments. Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based questionnaire which includes [...]

How should we select a modern transport system for Canberra?

By 23 June 2015
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The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]

Capital Metro can repeat the Gold Coast’s light rail success

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Higher than expected light rail patronage, overall growth in all public transport patronage and decreased road traffic…. how did the Gold Coast achieve this?
Page eight of the latest ARA Newsletter offers some insight:
Australasia’s newest Light Rail project on the Gold Coast recorded its 5 millionth passenger in April, reaching Year 2 patronage figures in its first 9 months [...]

Fatal car crash in Latham

By 4 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a fatal crash where a single car collided with a tree and caught fire on Ginninderra Drive, Latham, 4.55am this morning (Thursday June 4).
The crash resulted in fatal injuries to the driver. There was no one else in the car at the time.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished a fire and ACT [...]

Government to spend $375 million on light rail

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will make a capital contribution of $375 million towards Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, ACT budget papers have revealed.
The budget papers explain that the contribution, which is half of the project’s estimated $750 million cost and mostly funded by the sale of ACTTAB and old government office blocks, will be set aside [...]

Monash Drive – which route?

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks for the views and comments on my previous post, Light rail or Monash Drive. If Monash Drive is to be reconsidered, then the next question is what are the possible routes for this road, as it was only pencilled in on earlier city plans. One possible route is shown on the map above, although there [...]

ACT road black spots to be fixed

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Road works to fix some of the ACT’s black spots are set to be completed over the coming months. Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman announced the upgrades in a media release issued this morning:
Safety will be improved across ACT roads with road works starting soon at a [...]

Have your say on Canberra’s taxi industry

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans are invited to have their say on Canberra’s taxi industry, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister Shane Rattenbury have announced over the weekend.
From the media release:
Minister Shane Rattenbury and I invite Canberrans to share their views on the ACT taxi industry and how new technologies and business models can better serve the ACT.
The taxi [...]

Simon Corbell to address North Canberra Community Council

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015. 

Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.

The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:

How does the Government plan to meet [...]

Car crashes into IP Australia building

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Fire and Rescue is on scene at IP Australia in Woden after a vehicle smashed into the building.
The building has sustained some minor structural damage. Four windows have also been destroyed.
ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are also on scene. No injuries to the driver however one bystander has been treated for anxiety.

(Photo credit: Nick [...]

Oh please, show me a sign!

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Living in Canberra my entire life, I have witnessed first-hand all the changes – good and bad – that this city has gone through to accommodate the growing population.
There is clear evidence that since self government, the ACT has been spending up big to address the congestion between Canberra’s major satellite centres. It is hard [...]

Car park scratch scammers in Canberra

By 18 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Reader Windblane has submitted the below information following what he believes may be indicative of a wider car park scratch scam in Canberra.
Here’s the scam: Targeted at women on their own who are possibly likely to be intimidated. They park their car, get some shopping, when they come back an irate woman comes over and says “you scratched [...]

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Motorcyclist dies after collision with bus in Bruce

By 9 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision on Haydon Drive, in Bruce yesterday evening (Wednesday, April 8) in which a motorcyclist collided with an ACTION bus.
Police were called to the scene around 7.10pm.
The motorcyclist, aged in his 20s, was riding south on Haydon Drive when he collided with the side of an ACTION bus turning right [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. departing.io is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Light rail: Shortlist announced to deliver first stage of Capital Metro

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]

Event: Will light rail increase greenhouse emissions?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ] Is light rail emissions-free, as some experts claim, or does it cause emissions comparable to those of buses, as estimated by Shreya Dave of M.I.T.?

Is Capital Metro correct in saying that buses offer 350 times the greenhouse benefits of light rail?

Was Damian Haas correct in saying that my estimates suffered from confirmation bias?

Come to my [...]

Petition to bring back ACT light vehicle registration stickers

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For anyone in the ACT who would prefer to have current registration stickers returned to our vehicles, please sign this petition and share if you believe they are worthwhile.

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Braddon: Green village to apartments

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Government created the suburb of Braddon in the 1920s-1930s to provide housing for the new capital’s service workers and public sector employees. No private developers had any interest in making the investment. So much for the free market taking up opportunities!

But today, so much has changed. Any developer would now love to get [...]

500 drivers caught speeding last month

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]

Light rail and intersections?

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

ACT drivers wanted for survey

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT has the lowest annual road crashes and fatalities per 100,000 population among all Australian states and territories.
However, previous studies by ARRB Group for the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust on crashes involving ACT vehicles, drivers and riders in New South Wales (NSW) between 1992 and 2011 found that residents of the ACT are equally likely to [...]

Temporary road closures for 2015 National Multicultural Festival

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a series of temporary road closures in the city to allow for the National Multicultural Festival.
The following closures will take place from midnight Wednesday 11 February 2015 to midnight Monday 16 February 2015:

Alinga Street, between Northbourne Avenue and East Row • East Row, [...]

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