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Park and road closures

By 9 October, 2013

Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban that has been declared for tomorrow, Thursday 10 October 2013, the following nature reserves and roads will be closed:
• Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will remain open);
• selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old [...]

Hands an over-rated aid to driving?

By 8 October, 2013

This just in to us from Canberra Car Chaos:
Guy on Tharwa Drive decides that using the steering wheel isn’t as important as using his mobile phone – Caught on dashcam!

Centenary of Canberra Rally heads to Old Parliament House

By 8 October, 2013

The Centenary of Canberra Rally doesn’t appear to be a race, which is a shame.
A procession of cars will be driving at reasonable speeds from Jervis Bay to Old Parliament House, and probably none of them will be going sidewards at any point.
Disappointing Canberra.
That being said if looking at old cars is you thing, you [...]

More nabbed this long weekend

By 8 October, 2013

ACT Policing issued 127 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 54 cautions over the Labour Day long weekend (October 4-7) despite a heavy police presence on Canberra roads.
ACT Policing identified 59 speeding offences over the period. On Friday a man with a provisional licence was detected riding a motorcycle on Drake Brockman Drive, Higgins in excess [...]

On roundabouts

By 8 October, 2013

With Canberra so famous for its roundabouts it’s worth noting The Economist has a story on their history, and the social capital required to make them work:
The fate of roundabouts abroad thus repeats in miniature that of another British export, parliamentary democracy—another fine idea that backfires when mixed with jiggery-pokery. Just as democracy tends [...]

And in October we’re back to speeding!

By 4 October, 2013

ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during the month of October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with speeding among those concerns.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Mark Steel said [...]

192 crap drivers chastised in September

By 4 October, 2013

ACT Policing issued a total of 97 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 95 cautions for Traffic Control offences during the month of September as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with Traffic [...]

NRMA smash repairers? Any good ones around Canberra??

By 3 October, 2013

Hello RiotACT!
Recently I was involved in a accident and received some minor damage to the rear of my car.
Has anyone delt with any of NRMA’s approved smash repairers?
Which ones were the best?
I’m looking for somewhere that does high quality work over anything else.
They did suggest A & A smash in Fyshwick but I [...]

So what does your dad do? He’s senior management at Capital Metro!

By 3 October, 2013

It may not have trains, or rails, but Simon Corbell has the happy news that Capital Metro has senior appointments:
Two important project leaders have been appointed to the Capital Metro Project, to drive and direct the development of Canberra’s first light rail line, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.
[...]

Nasty crash in Queanbeyan

By 2 October, 2013

The Queanbeyan Age have reported a story about a nasty five car collision at lunchtime today, along with a request from Police for information on the accident.
QUEANBEYAN Police are continuing their inquiries after a five vehicle crash in town this afternoon.
At about 12.45pm today, a sedan was travelling east on Canberra Avenue and was nearing [...]

13 year old girl run down in Nicholls

By 2 October, 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Ambulance Service have attended a pedestrian accident on Clarrie Hermes, Kuringa Drive in Nicholls.
A 13 year old female patient has been treated by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics for lower leg injuries and has been taken to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
3:09 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Science on why cyclist haters are basically nazis

By 2 October, 2013

With all the dicussion of cyclists in Canberra it’s worth noting the ABC’s Catalyst program from last week which assigned the mindless rage of flabbies in death boxes (aka cars) on “out-group homogeneity bias”, something the Nazis were rather keen on (just to get Godwin out of the way).
Anyway Nazis may think they’re cool in [...]

Tuesday Parking Adventures!

By 1 October, 2013

Parking doesn’t stop on public holidays, but I do.
I hope your long weekend was as long as your sleep-ins Rioters, however the weekend is over.
It’s week-time now, and week-time is time to get serious.
Serious about bad parking.
If you’ve got any photos of bad parking to share send them to images@the-riotact.com! Be sure to include the [...]

Cycling Tips for Northbourne

By 28 September, 2013

Here’s a great first person perspective of the trials and challenges of cycling Northbourne Avenue:
A quick video I made with some of my tips for cycling on Northbourne Avenue in Canberra.
Please remember to set to 720p+. These are only my tips, so don’t get carried away

Pining for Mussolini

By 28 September, 2013

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is expressing concern (with attachment at the general deterioration of ACTION and the one in three buses not running on time:
Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe has highlighted that ACTION’s performance has deteriorated under Shane Rattenbury’s first year in charge, with not one performance indicator showing improvement.
“ACT Government annual reports show [...]

Car damaged by lawn mower in Canberra?

By 27 September, 2013

My car was hit by a stick/branch thrown from a mower near the Barton highway/Gundaroo drive roundabout yesterday morning.
Does anyone know who to contact to get compensationfor damages or to get it fixed?
Do i need to get a quote myself?
Thanks

Have you used goCatch? How was it?

By 27 September, 2013

The Canberra Times has an interesting yarn on the conflict between Canberra’s horrible taxi system and the goCatch app based startup.
A taxi turf war appears to be erupting in Canberra with an established network accused of warning drivers not to use an emerging smartphone app which lets customers directly book and pay for cabs.
So who’s [...]

You’re all pretty happy with TAMS it would seem

By 26 September, 2013

At least 920 of you are satisfied with the ACT’s municipal services.
Shane Rattenbury has announced that TAMS randomly called 1000 Canberrans and discovered that 92% of them are satisfied with the ACT’s current state of municipal affairs.
“Canberrans rightly place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, publictransport, parks and garbage collection,” Mr [...]

Critical Mass coming to Canberra

By 26 September, 2013

[ 27 September, 2013; 5:45 pm; ]

The Critical Mass movement is a great bit of fun if you like cycling.

Even better is that it’s come to Canberra starting this Friday:

Gathering 5:45pm, Launching 6pm, Garema Place, ending at The Civic Pub in Braddon.
Last Friday of every month

To bring: a self-powered vehicle with wheels, as many lights/bike-accesories as you can muster, a [...]

Shane and the sun moths

By 25 September, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is letting us know about the work he’s been doing on Golden Sun Moth preservation and the Majura Parkway:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today joined ecologists from the University of Canberra (UC) and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to translocate Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana) larvae, from the Majura Parkway alignment, [...]

Fixing the congestion on Pialligo Avenue.

By 25 September, 2013

I just sent the following email to roadsact@act.gov.au (given on advice from CanberraConnect). I’m about to become a homeowner in Queanbeyan, so this is plainly a selfish interest. But it’s a selfish interest that would benefit several thousand other people who commute from Queanbeyan into Civic/Belconnen/Gunghalin daily by the only viable transit method currently available [...]

Another round of Capital Metro consultation

By 25 September, 2013

With the Airport yesterday launching its own consultation process for light rail in Canberra today we have Simon Corbell kicking off a Government round.
The ACT Government is seeking public input to an important preliminary design study for the Capital Metro light rail project, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell [...]

Airport asks for light rail connection

By 24 September, 2013

The ABC has special news that Canberra Airport’s Stephen Byron is drawing up plans for the ACT Government to build a light rail line to his holdings:
The ACT Government is planning to build light rail from Gungahlin to the city centre along Northbourne Avenue.
But Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron says planning should start [...]

Monday Parking Blast

By 23 September, 2013

Pow!
So a Monday has gotten right up in your grill has it?
Well I know how to deal with Mondays. You parking photo them right in their stupid Monday faces!
Here’s some ammo, now you show that Monday who is boss!
If you’d like to help restock the RiotACT armoury with more anti-monday parking photos, send them to [...]

Is there a refund for Car plates?

By 22 September, 2013

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone out there would know if I were to return my car rego plates to ACT Registration Shopfront would I receive any kind of refund?
If there is a refund, is it a flat fee or does it depend on other criteria?
Thanks for your assistance.

Roads still closed

By 20 September, 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Point Hut Crossing and Oaks Estate Bridge have reopened.
The following road closures are still in place following this week’s wet weather:
· Angle Crossing
· Sunshine Crossing.
Barriers as well [...]

Snowtown wins Airport of the Year

By 20 September, 2013

Australian Aviation brings word that our very own Canberra Airport has been named the Capital City Airport of the Year at the Australian Airports Association’s National Airport Industry Awards.
It certainly is pretty.

Road closures this weekend, also traffic delays

By 20 September, 2013

Hey motorists, there are a whole bunch of temporary road closures this weekend.
Here’s the info, plan out your weekends high-speed drift races accordingly.
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of temporary road closures this weekend, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2013 for the 2013 National Capital Tour. Parkes, Yarralumla, Capital [...]

ACT Vehicle Registration?

By 20 September, 2013

Hey!
Looking at the list of fees on the registration receipt, couldn’t help but wonder about the “Road Rescue Fee” and “Compulsory Contribution.”
Has anyone gained a service out of these? Or is it an elaborate way to take more money?
Thank you

The Corin Road rockslide

By 19 September, 2013

The ACT Government reminds motorists and other road users that Corin Road remains closed at Woods Reserve due to a rock slide yesterday, caused by the rain.
“This section of Corin Road is likely to remain closed for at least several weeks,” Ken Marshall, Acting Director, Roads ACT said today.
“A preliminary assessment of the road [...]

Rockslide on Corin Road

By 18 September, 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Corin Road has been closed between Woods Reserve and the Corin Dam due to a rock slide following recent rain. No cars were damaged by the rocks.
Motorists are reminded that the following road closures are also still in place:
· [...]

Horse parking needs improvement

By 18 September, 2013

Following the death of a 65 year old man who tired to stop two runaway horses last year, the ACT Coroner has suggested we improve the way we park (couple) horses and carriages, reports ABC News.
As a result of the death Coroner Bernadette Boss has recommended the territory government adopt the rules set out by [...]

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