After another shift of hauling people around Canberra and dodging suicidal drivers I would like to remind people about the “do not overtake turning vehicle” signs on the back of most large vehicles. Just so that people know, these apply on round abouts too. Today I had some idiot in a blue sedan try to [...]
It seems our ongoing crusade against the bad parkers of Canberra is finally bearing fruit, as we have less photos this week than we’ve had in a fair while.
The only logical explanation for this is that all of these crappy drivers have seen their cars on this site, felt bad about it, and sworn [...]
Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands? (and not so much in Canberra?)
There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC’s Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets – or “granny style” – [...]
The Guardian Australia is in search of Australia’s best cycling city
They are suggesting that Melbourne and Adelaide are the best cycling cities in Australia!
I would think that title should be hotly contested by Canberra.
Curious companions here – the ABC is running a “sustainability” and innovation competition where the prize is, er, not-so-sustainable flights to Canberra and Floriade, and it’s illustrated with a photo featuring electricity-wastrel Floriade in all its delightful glory. The winner will be chosen from entrants who will outline the “most pressing sustainability issue facing Australians”. [...]
Andrew Barr has announced moves to do something about the urban wasteland that is changing busses in Woden:
The ACT Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to revitalise the Woden bus interchange.
The first phase of the redevelopment of the eastern side of Woden has commenced with the lodgement of the Estate Development [...]
Time: 8.30ish Monday 5/8/13.
Place : stationary at left turn from intersection of Melrose drive and Hindmarsh drive
gingerbearded middleaged cyclist charged into my Subaru rear vision mirror (I was not in the cycle lane)
I stopped further up to remonstrate with him .He laughed and took evasive action.
Have seen him since, pedalling slowly up Adelaide Avenue. Maybe a [...]
Simon Corbell has found a strange time to announce the road safety report card:
“The performance data shows that in 2012, the ACT recorded a lower rate of deaths against all of the national high level outcome measures. This included road fatalities per capita with 3.2 fatalities per 100,000 population compared with 5.8 road fatalities per [...]
I thought of the Riot when I saw this happen in front of me on the weekend on Northbourne.
What other readership/viewership could appreciate the multiple themes of red light running, cyclists and almost carnage?
Clip taken with the Aldi dash cam.
Comparing it with other clips I think my next dash cam won’t be [...]
An opinion from an anonymous Rioter about the costs of the new rail on Northbourne:
When I first moved to Canberra approximately 22 years ago I was told there was a housing shortage due to the high demand for low income housing in Canberra.Then the fires took 400+ houses. Then the wave of people from….
I have [...]
When leaving the wild excesses of the weekend behind and beginning the task of preparing yourself for the week ahead, be sure to remember these few important steps:
1. Brush your teeth.
2. Find and put on your trousers, or trouser equivalents.
3. Check out the RiotACT bad parking photos.
Now you’re ready to go!
If you would like [...]
A 22-year-old Macgregor man will be summonsed after police caught him travelling 51km/h over the posted speed limit last night (Sunday, August 4).
About 11.30pm members from Belconnen Police Station detected the man travelling at 111 km/h on Florey Drive, Latham, which is a 60km/h sign posted speed zone.
Police stopped the driver and the 22-year-old [...]
Coming back from the city just now I stumbled across this awesome piece of art outside the Canberra Centre, and stumbled into a discussion with the NRMA about why it was there.
The NRMA are getting signatures and quotes from Canberrans on how they felt about the roads around the ACT. These names and quotes alongside [...]
It seems ACT Policing’s July campaign paid off.
ACT Policing caught more than 670 drivers speeding on Canberra roads during the month of July as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
Police issued a total of 502 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 169 cautions.
Two drivers were caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed [...]
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtman and Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese have announced money for local road black spots:
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today announced the Rudd Labor Government will provide $596,500 to fix six dangerous black spots on local roads.
The six black spots and the [...]
The NRMA’s user voted list of the worst roads in NSW/ACT has been released and one local road is in at number 8!
The top 10 most flagged roads in NSW/ACT were:
1. Pacific Highway at Urunga
2. Parramatta Road at Concord
3. Pennant Hills Road at Pennant Hills
4. Princes Highway at Albion Park
5. Bells Line of Road at [...]
An elderly man had a lucky escape this afternoon after his 4WD crash landed onto top of a parked car in a shopping centre car park.
The man was driving along Wisdom Street in Hughes when he crashed through a garden bed and came to a stop after partially mounting a parked car.
No one was [...]
Dark suspicions and much angst has surrounded the ACT Government’s work on traffic calming in West Belconnen.
Today Shane Rattenbury has announced more tweaking:
The results of a residential street improvement study in Holt along with feedback from community consultation have identified a need for some new traffic calming solutions in suburban streets as well changes to [...]
Simon Corbell has taken the unusual step of singling out Autoco Tuggeranong for Fair Trading breaches:
The Commissioner for Fair Trading has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Autoco Tuggeranong Pty Ltd, trading as Bridgestone Select Belconnen, for failing to conduct brake tests on a number of vehicles during vehicle inspections for registration purposes, Attorney General, [...]
Shane Rattenbury has announced a piddling $200,000 will be spent on a pathway from Civic to Parliament House:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today joined Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, Catherine King, to announce the start of works on a dedicated pathway between Canberra’s city centre and Parliament House.
Time for your recommended weekly dose of bad parking!
We treat you so well.
If you’d like to treat us well then make sure to send any photos of bad parking to email@example.com.
Be sure to include the word “parking” in the subject and tell me what name you would like to be credited as.
1. Neanderthalsis utilised [...]
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a single vehicle collision at the ACT border of the Barton Highway this afternoon (Sunday, July 28).
Around 4:30pm police attended the scene on the Barton Highway near Victoria Street, Hall Murrumbateman-bound where a silver Toyota Land Cruiser has collided with a tree.
Police responded to the incident [...]
Matt has sent in this gem:
Car (not a cab) coming out of the car park across from moose heads carpark… Floored it straight and ended up in the shop
A spokesperson for ACT Policing said that while they are investigating they do not currently believe there are suspicious circumstances.
Got an image of Canberra you [...]
Simon Corbell has taken the time to explain the virtues of Capital Metro, aka light rail:
Light rail is the best choice for responding to projected population growth rates in the Gungahlin to City corridor, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
The increase in population in the Gungahlin to City corridor [...]
ACT Policing has suspended the licence of a Calwell man caught drink driving more than four times over the legal limit last night (Friday, July 26).
Around 7.30pm, police were conducting mobile traffic patrols on Outrim Avenue, Calwell when they stopped a vehicle and conducted a breath test on the driver and received a positive reading.
Andrew Barr has noted the plight of the little people and wants some ideas of how to free you from the bags of change needed to park around Canberra:
Businesses are invited to put forward ideas for the procurement of pay parking machines for the Territory including innovative ideas for paying by smartphone or MyWay [...]
My 1.5 yo daughter is changing day care so she is next to my office in the city.
Having undertaken an uncomfortable test run with her on the bus (lots to carry, including child who doesn’t want to sit still), working out that it takes 45mins to get from home to work if traffic is [...]
This just in from TAMS:
The ACT Government would like to advise motorists and other road users that Boboyan Road, Corin Road (from Woods Reserve) and Mount Franklin Road are now open.
These roads were recently closed due to wet weather.
Angle Crossing remains closed.
For up-to-date information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
Rik D has sent us another video of some foolish behaviour on the on the road:
This idiot swerves into the car in front of me along Northbourne Ave (southbound) and just misses
More and more GoPros are appearing in cars and more and more videos of bad driving are being sent our way, I foresee [...]
When approaching a school zone this morning I was in no doubt that it was being monitored by radar bearing police as I had three cars in a row flash their headlights at me. While I’m all for sticking it to the establishment I still have to wonder about the thought process of these rebel [...]
The Greens are making a push to improve cycling safety in Australia, with a year long inquiry into the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and motor cyclists.
What action, if any, this inquiry will result in is unknown, but I’m all for making cycling safer.
“Every year in Australia an average of 35 bicycle riders are killed and [...]
Just a quick FYI post for those of you who work/study/park your car at the ANU.
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that ANU Exchange will close the car park next to Street Theatre on Friday 26 July 2013.
The car park will be closed from 7 am to 12 pm for [...]