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Transport (3360 Stories)

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 [...]

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

By 5 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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) [...]

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