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Transport (3339 Stories)

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

Hi,
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

Politics trumps hard-headed reason on bicycle helmets

By 4 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]

No bus interchange this Sunday

By 4 December 2013

TAMS have advised that the Civic Bus Interchange is getting some roadworks this Sunday and they’ll be running the Sunday schedule out of the Northbourne bus stops:
The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement. [...]

Barr celebrates his capital works spending

By 3 December 2013

Andrew Barr is making sure we all know about his capital works expenditure:
In 2012-13, the Government spent $579 million to deliver important infrastructure for the community. This is $16 million more than the outcome estimated in the 2012-13 Budget Review of $563 million.
This report demonstrates the ability of the ACT Government to deliver upon [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Barry Drive Lane Closure today

By 29 November 2013

Probably a bit late for most of your morning commutes, but here’s some info for those of you who use Barry Drive:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the Belconnen bound lanes of Barry Drive will be closed between Northbourne Avenue and Marcus Clarke Street from 9.30 am today for [...]

Alcohol and drug roadside testing laws strengthened

By 28 November 2013

Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]

Free buses for seasonal drunks!

By 28 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury has dramatically announced that there will be no cost at all to ride the NightRider buses this year:
“To build on the success of the ACTION Nightrider bus service, and in recognition of the important role it plays for late night transport and safety, I have decided to trial the service for free this [...]

Angle Crossing open again

By 27 November 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Angle Crossing is now reopen.
The road had been closed due to heavy rainfall and high water levels.
For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
[Courtesy TAMS]

TOOT TOOT! Light Rail the Universal Panacea!

By 27 November 2013

Simon Corbell is blowing his own steam whistle on the virtues of his consultation for the planned Capital Metro line between Gungahlin and Civic.
And my golly gosh won’t it fix a load of things:
“Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative [...]

The Barton Putting Highway?

By 27 November 2013

On the 6th of November at 7:50am I was driving along the Barton Highway when my car was struck by a golf ball from the golf course that runs alongside there.
Given that I was driving in the left lane at the limit of 80kmph and (being Canberra) had someone tailgating me, I had little choice [...]

ACTION buses the cleanest in the country

By 27 November 2013

Don’t be alarmed, I mean in terms of emissions standards. If you’re like me after reading the above statement you probably immediately started to worry about the hygiene standards of the rest of Australia’s busses if ACTION turned out to be the gold standard, but don’t worry.
Different thing.
Shane Rattenbury today announced ACTION new busses will [...]

Have some thoughts on Kaleen and Wanniassa street improvements?

By 26 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury ask asked for feedback on the proposed changes to Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa.
Go check out what’s what and get back to Shane on it. If sure the Hive mind here will have a few suggestions.
“Traffic calming schemes are a proven road safety treatment. Canberra’s residential neighbourhoods should, as [...]

Whole hundreds cry out for a pedestrian crossing at Trinity Christian School

By 26 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’re still waiting to hear back from Trinity Christian School about their disabled parking arrangements.
But more recently, this time last month, the Liberals started making noise about their desire for a pedestrian crossing over McBryde Crescent.
One of our readers had some interesting things to say on the subject:
#3 taninaus
7:53 am, 25 Oct 13
drove past there [...]

Tourist Drives dead?

By 26 November 2013

Upon reading the article about the Canberra Tracks, it has occurred to me that not a lot of effort has been put into Canberra’s Tourist Drives for a few years.  
I noticed they are no longer signposted as they used to be as well as not being advertised as they were since the 90s.
Anyone [...]

Canberra Tracks. One site to rule them all

By 26 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced a new website to keep tabs on all the tracks:
The Canberra Tracks network of heritage signage has come of age with a brand new interactive website giving full access to the intriguing stories of numerous sites across the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
“Until [...]

Reader Challenge! Rearrange this Liberal headline!

By 25 November 2013

Liberal Senator Seselja and Liberal MLA Coe have joined forces to tell us what Zed’s going to do for ACT roads with Alistair’s help.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for the ACT, has been appointed Chair of the ACT Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs. Deputy [...]

Road safety cameras being evaluated

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell announced today that Canberra’s road safety camera program is to be evaluated in order to assess what its impact exactly has been on crash and speeding rates in the ACT.
Proposals will be sought by the end of the year with evaluatin taking place over the first half of 2014.
“The ACT’s Road Safety Camera [...]

Rockslide cleared on Corin Road

By 19 November 2013

This just in from TAMS:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Corin Road is now reopen. The road had been closed at Woods Reserve since late-September due to a rock slide.

The Red Bridge rides again! (Now in grey)

By 18 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury has mixed news from Molonglo Reach where after a pathetically drawn out process the bike path along Morshead Drive is finally getting replaced using the old Red Bridge from the Belconnen Mall.
Sadly though “blending into the landscape” has been more important than the Bridge’s own historic values.
“The new bridge, which previously connected Westfield [...]

For Gawd’s Sake! lets bring in rego for bikes

By 17 November 2013

I am aware this will become a bike vs car thread. So be it.

This past week, during my usual bicycle commutes to and from work, I had three separate but related incidents with cars.
1. Riding along Dudley St, Yarralumla, car swings wide to overtake me with a blind crest ahead, gets surprised when oncoming traffic [...]

New taxi meters. Check the rate!

By 17 November 2013

Some Canberra taxis have new meters installed.
Yesterday, in the second time in as many weeks, I got into a cab around 6pm, and noticed the rate was set on the more expensive option (Rate 2, which starts at 9pm). Both times on notifying the driver that the rate was incorrect, I got the same response [...]

Jerk Cyclist

By 15 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

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