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Jerk Cyclist

By 15 November 2013
Jerk Cyclist

As cheap cameras proliferate we get more and more of a look at each other. And thanks to YouTube all can see.
John Smith sent this into us:
Check this guy out, what a jerk!

Best place to get tires in Canberra

By 14 November 2013

Personally I find tires always seem to cost too much so I would like to post now that I have found somewhere that is both cheap and has great service. Northwest tyres.
I got all four tires changed on my porsche boxster for $550! This is after bob j and costco both quoted me around $1000. [...]

Capital Metro Project Director meets the public

By 14 November 2013

Emma Thomas, the new Project Director for Capital Metro, attended the Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 12 November to talk to the public about the project. She handled her introduction to the community on such an important project very competently. She stood up and talked about what she saw as the benefits and challenges [...]

Mount Franklin Road reopens

By 14 November 2013

It’s hard to believe looking out the window that until last night Mount Franklin Road was closed due to snow.
TAMS advise they’ve opened it now.
The Mount Franklin Road has been reopened following its closure earlier this week due to snow falls over the Brindabellas.
Motorists and other roads users are reminded to take care on [...]

Everybody does the wrong thing on the road

By 13 November 2013
Everybody does the wrong thing on the road

One for both teams today!
These popped up on YouTube yesterday, both uploaded by the same user beerwah rigseismic.
Here’s a cyclist doing the wrong thing:

they like to be treated as equals on the road but this guy has his own ‘special’ rules.
And here’s a driver:

Long Gully Road, Canberra
Suburu with 5 occupants and double yellow lines, car [...]

Want to see a truck driver act like a jerk?

By 12 November 2013
Want to see a truck driver act like a jerk?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Rioter Rik D sent us in this:

People get frustrated when cars do this, let alone a semi-trailer. I like how he indicates at the very end.
if you missed the plate on the trailer, it was: W10632

Country roads might take you home, but they can kill you too

By 11 November 2013
Country roads might take you home, but they can kill you too

The NRMA is putting out word of Canberrans bucking the trend of crashing close to home and instead coming to grief on the rural roads of surrounding NSW:
Fatal crashes involving ACT drivers and riders were 3 to 5 times more likely to occur in NSW than in the ACT on the basis of vehicle kilometres [...]

Do you have what it takes to be an ACTION driver?

By 11 November 2013

While their online personas may be rude, abusive, and staggeringly entitled, ACTION bus drivers in my recent experience have been rather nice.
Since the introduction of ACTION timetables to Google Maps I’ve been finding the buses actually useful, and the drivers have been great.
That said let us turn our attention to TAMS recruitment drive:
ACTION is putting [...]

The ghosts of Constitution Avenue ride again

By 9 November 2013
The ghosts of Constitution Avenue ride again

Mayor Rattenbury is out for his first Constitution Avenue Rodeo.
A stretch of road dominated by gravel car parks and bordered by Canberra’s oldest graveyard will, we are repeatedly promised, be transformed into the Paris of the South.
Anyway, here’s Shane’s stab at it:
Work is progressing on the upgrade of Constitution Avenue with design plans now finalised [...]

Jorian goes DUI

By 7 November 2013
Jorian goes DUI

Rarely out of the news for long Jorian Gardner has just posted the following to facebook:
I am beating The Canberra Times to it. Tomorrow they will publish a story, because apparently they can’t resist putting in the boot when I screw up, where they allege I was pulled over by ACT Police & blew over [...]

Giulia Jones having a go at other people’s parking!

By 5 November 2013
Giulia Jones having a go at other people's parking!

Angels and Ministers of Grace preserve us, the Canberra Times has got Guilia Jones on record about the poor parking of people not in her liveried car!
Spokeswoman and Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said several of her constituents had voiced concerns about services accessing clients in the suburb, including Staverton Place.
“It is not good enough [...]

Bywong’s “aggression problem” Daniel West pleads guilty to beating up cyclists

By 4 November 2013

The ABC has the tale of one 26 year old Daniel West who can’t share the road:
Daniel John West, 26, from Bywong has faced Queanbeyan Local Court.
He has pleaded guilty to one count of common assault and one count of intimidation relating to an incident on April 21, 2013.
He has also pleaded guilty to [...]

Snowy Ride carnage

By 4 November 2013
Snowy Ride carnage

The ABC reports on a staggering 3 motorcycle accidents in the wake of the Snowy Ride charity event.
The riders were part of a 3,000-strong contingent taking part in the Snowy Ride to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.
A 37-year-old woman from Wollongong was found dead after her bike ran down an embankment near [...]

New weekly free bicycle fix workshops

By 4 November 2013
New weekly free bicycle fix workshops

hey guys
my friend jac has recently setup a new weekly bike fixing workshop.  its held 4- 6pm every wed afternoon at the recyclery.  go along with your bike, use the tools and get some great advice on how to service/fix your bike all for free
read more here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canberra-Cycle-Share/557295740987372
go check it out.  jac is great guy [...]

We need hire car for family who are visiting with a newborn

By 1 November 2013

We have friends coming from interstate and need a hire car for family with a newborn.
Can anyone recommend a good hire company who use good quality car seats, and install them for you?
I’ve often found myself in in airport car parks trying to install crap car seats in hire cars.

A dark dark time for Canberra

By 1 November 2013

There’s disturbing news on the Canberra Times about a very rare drink cycling conviction:
A teenager who rode his bicycle drunk through Canberra streets has been convicted, despite protesting that he didn’t know “drink-riding” was a crime.
The 19-year-old Canberra man, who was caught riding under the influence earlier this year, has been fined and has been [...]

Bugger the Civic Cycle Loop. What we need is obviously a Hovenring!

By 31 October 2013
Bugger the Civic Cycle Loop. What we need is obviously a Hovenring!

bird’s-eye view Hovenring Eindhoven (the Netherlands) designed by ipv Delft from ipv Delft on Vimeo.
Gismodo have the details of more Dutch cycling genius.
Rather the just cover an intersection I propose a mighty spire rising out of the Vernon circle suspending the overhead cycle loop.
Come on Canberra, it’ll be our Harbour Bridge!
Melbourne will be properly jealous!

Future bike parking in Civic ?

By 31 October 2013
Future bike parking in Civic ?

A video showing how they park their cycles in land short Tokyo.
Could be useful when our cash strapped council starts charging for cycle parking.

Braddon Parking

By 31 October 2013

I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car. 
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]

Milton Keynes getting ahead of us

By 30 October 2013

Canberra is oft compared to the UK’s Milton Keynes (over planned and badly planned, sterile, lots of roundabouts).
So it is with considerable distress I read in The Register that MK is getting roboting transport pods:
Milton Keynes will play host to a fleet of smartphone-controlled driverless pods powered by electric motors and gunning around the [...]

Action Buses… AGAIN

By 29 October 2013

I rarely use Action Buses, however on occasion do particularly on weekends.
I find the Red Rapid between Gungahlin and Canberra a great way to get in and out of town.
However the service that runs on the weekend is such an ambiguous winding route that it took me best part of an hour (estimate) [...]

Belco safety sign rampage?

By 28 October 2013
Belco safety sign rampage?

LSWCHP has noticed something a that seems a little disturbing happening in the North, anyone else spotted this?
Driving through Dunlop today on Kerrigan circuit I noticed that many of the safety signs on the road had been smashed to the ground, as shown in the attached image. There must’ve been over a dozen signs damaged [...]

Road closures for Parkes Way widening

By 28 October 2013
Road closures for Parkes Way widening

TAMS are warning of the impacts of their seemingly interminable Parkes Way road widening:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that there will be temporary road closures along Lady Denman Drive and Clunies Ross Street on Tuesday 29 October 2013 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Lady Denman Drive will remain [...]

Melbourne abandons real time bus tracking

By 28 October 2013

The Age has an interesting story on the Victorians giving up on GPS driven real time tracking of buses.
“Given the age of the technology, the review indicated that progressing with the tracking system in its current format is not cost effective,” a spokeswoman said. “PTV has suspended the rollout of the system and is investigating [...]

The Latest Round of Re-surfacing

By 28 October 2013

Now I know the state of re-surfacing of roads in the Capital has been covered many times on RA, but I have a directly related issue on my mind.
Having driven from one side of Canberra to the other and back again on the weekend, I couldn’t help notice all of the “This road will be [...]

Push bike servicing in Canberra.. Who does it best?

By 26 October 2013

The sun’s out, the weather is warmer. I’d love to start riding my bike again and i’ve been told I should get it serviced.
So, who does it best, where would you go?
Looking at living in a big city in the next few months and plan to use my bike as my main form [...]

A hotel for the airport

By 24 October 2013

The ABC has word on plans out at Snowtown for a hotel to join their legoland collection.
The Canberra Airport will build a four-star, 180-room hotel to help attract international flights to the capital.
The hotel would be built between the airport and the Brindabella Business Park, five-minutes walk from the terminal.
The airport would build and [...]

Trinity Christian School wants a crossing

By 24 October 2013

Nicole Lawder is getting steamed up on behalf of Trinity Christian School and the risks of a lack of a crossing:
ACT Labor has denied students at Trinity Christian School in Wanniassa road safety, dismissing the Canberra Liberals calls for a school crossing over McBryde Crescent, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said today.
“Today in the [...]

Giulia wants action on the Hinder and Hibberson Street intersection

By 23 October 2013
Giulia wants action on the Hinder and Hibberson Street intersection

The Legislative Assembly’s worst parker is intrepidly wading into transport issues with a demand for action:
The dangers at the Hinder and Hibberson Street intersection in the Gungahlin Town Centre must be prioritised as a matter of urgency by Minister Shane Rattenbury, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“There have been 66 crashes at the [...]

Buses stopping work next Wednesday

By 23 October 2013

Bus services will be temporarily suspended between 10 am and 2 pm on Wednesday 30 October 2013 to allow for an essential scheduled meeting of ACTION drivers, transport officers and special needs transport staff to discuss their enterprise agreement, James Roncon, Director, Public Transport, announced today.
“The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has requested a [...]

Capitals’ bus wrap 2013/14. This time they’re a team!

By 23 October 2013
Capitals' bus wrap 2013/14. This time they're a team!

The Canberra Capitals have unveiled their bus wrap for this season:
The bus livery is part of ACTION’s sponsorship of the benchmark female sporting team along with game day promotions and appearances by Capitals players at ACTION events throughout the year.
Yvette Berry the ACT Government member for Ginninderra was on hand at the launch along [...]

Critical Mass rides again this Friday

By 23 October 2013
Critical Mass rides again this Friday

[ 25 October 2013; 5:44 pm; ]

This just in:

when uranium-235 is bombarded by a neutron, it undergoes fission which in turn releases more neutrons. Some of these escape, but a portion seeds further fission events – that in turn releases more neutrons. A critical mass is the amount of fissile material needed for a sustained chain reaction.

Friday 25th October, [...]

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