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10 (viable) ways to improve ACTION

By 28 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
10 (viable) ways to improve ACTION

So after living in Canberra for 5 years without owning a car I have experienced the best and the worst that our public transport network – ACTION has to offer. Generally ACTION provides a good network but there are things about it that are lacking. I have come up with a list of 10 things that [...]

Tow Truck Regulation in ACT

By 26 February 2014

My son was hit by car while riding his motorbike late in January.  Thankfully there is wonderful emergency services and medical treatment available.
One of the real negatives of the process is that there are people willing to take advantage of someone else’s misfortune and inflate their charges because they expect the costs will be covered [...]

Booking Canberra Taxis online

By 15 February 2014

Have you noticed that you when you book a taxi with CanberraElite online, there is a mandatory field entitled ‘TAG name’? There is no explanation of what it means. I assume that everyone simply puts down anything to ensure the booking proceeds. The woman on the switch could not provide me with an explanation I [...]

Parking – without plates, hypothetically

By 14 February 2014

Here’s a purely hypothetical situation:
I drive my nondescript white Commodore to an ACT pre-pay parking lot, remove the ML-585 number plates and park without buying or displaying a ticket. Since I no longer have a registration sticker, in the event of a parking inspector doing the rounds, how will they issue me with a fine?
This [...]

Parking restrictions

By 11 February 2014

We live in a narrow street in Crace – 6 m of asphalt – with no parking restrictions, no parking bays and, except for one house, no driveways. 
Fine at the moment, but a development has been approved – yes we put in a representation – for across the road that will see twelve new [...]

Anywhere to trail ride (motorbike) around Canberra?

By 9 February 2014
Anywhere to trail ride (motorbike) around Canberra?

Hi all,
I’m new to Canberra and have just bought an enduro bike (with full rego).
As I don’t have a ute or trailer at the moment to go out to trails like Bendethera etc. –  are there any fire trails or national park areas that aren’t too far out of Canberra?
I’m really not fussy any dirt at [...]

Recommendation for good car service in Canberra

By 6 February 2014

My Toyota car is due for 80,000 km car service. I’ve been going to Toyota for car services previously. For this major service, Toyoto gave me a quote for $750. It is going to be a huge bill for me. I am wondering if anyone knows any good cheaper auto service in Canberra who are [...]

Cyclists dismount

By 5 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Cyclists dismount

Jellyware sent this in with an interesting question – is following the rules as an act of civil disobedience?
What do you think?

ACTION fail again – Australia Day 2014

By 24 January 2014

So, ACTION has once again failed to deliver anything useful.
We were thinking about going to the big day down at Regatta Point on Sunday, for the shows, displays and fireworks. Instead of driving and having to do the big long walk from Civic to the lake, I found that Action are doing post-show shuttle services [...]

Parkes Way Widening?

By 24 January 2014

Surprised it hasn’t been mentioned on here, but the other day there was a media release saying that the west bound work on the Parkes Way widening will be finished before the end of the month.
When I first heard it I thought they must have been mistaken as quite clearly the bridge over Sullivans Creek [...]

Killjoys put an end to bike path signage excitement

By 23 January 2014
Killjoys put an end to bike path signage excitement

Following on from yesterday’s excitement regarding bike lane signage in Braddon Jarrod has noted and documented that the offending sign has now been removed.
A pity they left their gaffer tape behind.
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Double demerits this weekend

By 23 January 2014

Joy Burch is reminding us that double demerits are in force over the weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation:
Acting Attorney-General Joy Burch has appealed for Canberrans to slow down, wear seatbelts and drive safely this Australia Day holiday weekend with double demerit points to be in force.
“Double demerit points will apply to [...]

What do you mean it won’t fit? Images of Canberra.

By 23 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
What do you mean it won't fit? Images of Canberra.

Steve has sent in this interesting scene from the corner of Northbourne and Barry Drive.
Someone obviously didn’t spend enough time playing tetris.
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Bitcoin MyWay Recharge?

By 23 January 2014

Hey everyone,
We’re super excited to announce we’ve crossed the 50,000 active user mark for our MyBus 2.0 app.
We wanted to do something special to thank everyone for their support, and we got tired of waiting for the real-time feeds to become available (the launch date has been a roving target…), so we decided to [...]

Exciting new bike lane signage in Braddon

By 22 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Exciting new bike lane signage in Braddon

Tim has sent this little corker in.
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Red light runner video at Monaro and Lanyon.

By 21 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Red light runner video at Monaro and Lanyon.

The intersection of Lanyon drive and southbound Monaro highway has seen a LOT of accidents over the years.
Thankfully non fatal but I’ve seen some shockers that have made me wonder how people survived.
The other week I saw this P plate driver drive right through a red light.
It is not the first time [...]

Toll Roads for Canberra?

By 21 January 2014

According to the recent Crimes article on the State of the State, Action buses are bleeding between $93 and $100 million a year. I’m wondering if the time has come for the ACT Government to consider toll roads across Canberra in an effort to stop the bleeding.
With an extensive and ever growing road [...]

Smashed Car Windscreen – asking for assistance from the lovely Bonner People.

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Smashed Car Windscreen - asking for assistance from the lovely Bonner People.

Hello Fellow Rioters,
Long time reader first time poster
First I would like to say have been reading this site for a good 5+ years now, very much entertaining, especially on your Cyclists vs Cars topics haha, you guys crack me up
The Reason I am writing this in for today is that I have a [...]

Drakeford Drive as according to Territory and Municipal Services

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Drakeford Drive as according to Territory and Municipal Services

It’s not simply your mind playing tricks on you, Drakeford Drive is intentionally awful to cars running against peak traffic flow, by design.
(Ie: catch one red and you’ll probably catch them all)
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/traffic/trafficsignals/drakeford_drive

Another ACTION whinge, but I think it’s justified.

By 20 January 2014

I have been catching a bus to work as of late. Some days I start work around 12pm, and I don’t work in the city or a town centre.
Today I was walking down to the stop to catch the 11:13am bus. I always attempt to get to the stop 6 to 7 minutes early because [...]

On the subject of melty roads

By 18 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
On the subject of melty roads

After reading the Melty Roads post, I thought I’d send some images of the stones that were hastily laid at the Cooleman carpark during one of the hot days before Christmas (20 Dec 2013).
This carpark was only resurfaced in the last 6 months.
The work crews putting this down must have had a few to do [...]

Melty roads

By 17 January 2014

Roads ACT is currently placing crushed stone on a number of roads throughout Canberra to prevent damage from the heat. Signs warning of loose stones are posted at all sites where this treatment has been applied.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the heat and watch for loose stone signage. In some areas [...]

Parkes Way closures for triathlon festival

By 17 January 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a temporary road closure of westbound lanes of Pasrkes Way and a nearby car park for the Triathlon ACT January Festival 2014.
The westbound lanes of Parkes Way between Kimgs Avenue and Glenloch Interchange will be closed from 6am to 12.30pm Sunday 19 January [...]

EY gets the nod to make Capital Metro’s business case

By 15 January 2014

With the Government having already announced they wanted to build a light rail system it’s sweet to see Simon Corbell announcing the appointment of a firm to make the business case:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today that the Agency has appointed global firm EY to develop the final business case [...]

A new tourism bus

By 13 January 2014

ACT Tourism is giving a plug to the latest tourist bus plying the streets of Canberra. This time a fetching double decker:
A new sightseeing, hop on hop off bus service has started operating in Canberra.
The Canberra City Explorer runs daily, servicing 13 stops within the city and Parliamentary Triangle, including Parliament House, National Gallery [...]

Tuggeranong Parkway roadworks

By 13 January 2014

TAMS are warning that their ever popular “digging up the roads” is coming to the Parkway:
The ACT Government will be undertaking resurfacing works on the Tuggeranong Parkway from Tuesday 14 January to Friday 17 January 2014 resulting in partial road closures.
Works will be conducted on the Tuggeranong Parkway as follows:
– southbound lanes at [...]

EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket

By 10 January 2014

The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:
If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you [...]

Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

By 10 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
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Behold the ram raiding Mazda 121!

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Behold the ram raiding Mazda 121!

Earlier in the week we were fascinated by a police media release on a Mazda 121 being used to break a trapped thief out of a 7-Eleven Petrol Station.
Now, thankfully, we can bring you that video courtesy of ACT Policing.
Of course if you recognise the scrote you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, [...]

All your wall calendars sucking? May we present the RiotACT Parking Calendar for 2014

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
All your wall calendars sucking? May we present the RiotACT Parking Calendar for 2014

Taking the best of parking photos, arrange by month in the iPhoto Calendar tool, add in the ACT Public Holidays, hey presto a pdf calendar to sneak down to your office reproduction room to bogart the glossy paper while the place is quiet.
Enjoy!
(Also anyone who can get one of the relevant car owners to pose [...]

Uber bringing smart hire cars to Canberra

By 8 January 2014

Australian Business Traveller reports that the controversial hire car /taxi service to the nerds Uber (wikipedia page for context)is planning an Australian expansion that includes Canberra:
The Uber car hire service could be available in Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and other Australian cities this year.
“In 2014 we plan to bring Uber to many more Australian cities” [...]

The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

Four years later the Belconnen Community Service has brought to YouTube the cinematic tale of the last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange:
In2Change – Belconnen Bus Interchange (1979 – 2009)
Published on 2 Jan 2014
A short film by Cara Hine – An Artistic Response to Urban Change

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