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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. December

By 7 January 2014
Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. December

As we work into the new year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
December gave us:

1) This year has been characterised by an epic battle between Jamison and Woden for the title of Worst Parking Locale in Canberra. Shirty Bear brought home the year for Jammo:

2) Lyshious staked a claim for Dickson:

3) Nouse [...]

Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. November

By 6 January 2014
Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. November

As we work into the new year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
November gave us:

1) Anon saw this at the Hellenic Club:

2) Sheep Groper found this in Dickson:

3) I was intrigued by this one at Gorman House:

4) Sarah rounded out Flash Car November with this effort at the Gungahlin Veterinary Clinic:

Stay tuned [...]

Barton Highway taking the load after Hume smash

By 6 January 2014

This just in from TAMS
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise motorists and other road users of possible increased traffic on the Barton Highway due to an accident on the Hume Highway involving two trucks. The Hume Highway (northbound) is currently closed at the Barton Highway with traffic being diverted onto the Barton Highway and [...]

Monaro Highway Oilspill

By 3 January 2014

This just in from TAMS:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise motorists and other road users that one lane of the Monaro Highway (southbound), between Isabella Drive and Johnson Drive, is closed due to an oil spill.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and use alternate routes if possible.

UPDATE: Now reopened.

Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. October

By 2 January 2014
Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. October

As we work into the new year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
October gave us:

1) Someone else called John noted the perils of choice anxiety at Questacon

2) An anonymous Rioter caught Giulia Jones in action:

3) Aeek had an aesthetically pleasing contribution:

4) And TLJ sent us a second contribution from the Legislative Assembly’s [...]

Police share their thoughts on Summernats

By 2 January 2014

ACT Policing is urging the public not to tarnish the responsible behaviour seen over the New Year’s period during the Summernats car festival.
As the four-day event kicks off at Exhibition Park in Canberra, police are maintaining a high-profile police presence within the event, in the surrounding suburbs and across the ACT.
The Operational Commander for the [...]

Paths for Yamba Drive

By 2 January 2014
Paths for Yamba Drive

They completed this link just before xmas. It goes under Melrose and links the footbridge (that they proposed not replacing!) with path that I assume links up further on. Congrats Gasman.
From the base work, and the colour difference, it will fork when the pitch n putt is developed.

So many more of us, so many less fatalities

By 2 January 2014
So many more of us, so many less fatalities

ACT Policing has recorded a single digit road toll of seven in 2013 making it the second lowest annual road toll since 1959.
Traffic Operations Officer in Charge, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said achieving the second lowest road toll in over half a century was an indication of changing attitudes in Canberra drivers to road safety.
“Any [...]

Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. September.

By 1 January 2014
Parking 2013 Greatest Hits. September.

As we work into the new year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
September gave us:

1) Harold found this corker:

2) Genie found this gem in Nishi:

3) Alexa gave us this one:

4) Ledanta appreciated consideration for pedestrians:

Stay tuned for the best of October tomorrow. Keep sending parking pictures in to images@the-riotact.com with the word [...]

The City Cruise is tomorrow!

By 1 January 2014

[ 2 January 2014; 12:00 pm; ] TAMS are giving notice that the Summernats City Cruise is going down tomorrow at Midday:

The ACT Government today provided details about how people can safely enjoy the Summernats City Cruise at midday on Thursday 2 January 2014, as well as the temporary disruption it will cause to motorists and pedestrians.

The Cruise takes place between [...]

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