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Blotto Yass P-Plater

By 18 September, 2013

A 29-year-old provisional driver from Yass was arrested last night (Tuesday, September 17) for high range drink driving.
Around 10.50pm, a white Toyota Hilux was stopped by police driving in the vicinity of the Burns Club in Kambah, after police were called there in response to a suspicious vehicle.
Police conducted a breath test on the driver [...]

Helicopters bring in the last pieces of the Centenary Trail

By 18 September, 2013

I’m looking forward immensely to taking a week off to walk the Centenary Trail.
Mayor Rattenbury is giving notice that a helicopter is bringing in two bridges to complete the work:
A helicopter will deliver two trail bridges into place as part of Canberra’s $3.3 million Centenary Trail – a 145 kilometre self-guided loop trail for walkers [...]

Road closure update

By 18 September, 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the following road closures are in place due to wet weather:
· Coppins Crossing,
· Uriarra Crossing,
· Angle Crossing,
· [...]

Erindale Group Centre parking report tabled

By 17 September, 2013

Hey that whole Erindale parking overhaul that’s been bouncing around for a while seems to be… well still bouncing around but in a kind of forwardsish direction.
In a response to an Assembly motion to address parking issues at the Erindale Group Centre, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today tabled the summary of [...]

Weston fatal

By 17 September, 2013

ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision which occurred in Weston this afternoon (Tuesday, September 17).
Around 1.45pm police were called to the intersection of Streeton Drive and Namatjira Drive in relation to a collision.
A man driving a black Subaru Impreza was travelling in a southerly direction along Streeton Drive and an elderly woman driving a [...]

More ideas for the Canberra Pursuit

By 17 September, 2013

It’s not too late to get your creative vibe on and your musical bike grooving for the Spin Festival Canberra Pursuit.
I’ve been out to the TAMS depot and I’ve got to say I had no idea such an amazing building was lurking out there in Fyshwick.
A chunk of my weekend was spent grinding chain rings [...]

iParkr – App for Canberra Pay Parking

By 17 September, 2013

Hello Everyone,
MyndWorks is an Australian company and we have developed a smart phone pay parking solution for councils. Please see www.iparkr.com
You can check out the demo (including Canberra parking) at http://www.iparkr.com/demo.html or just scan the QR.
Users can

Search meter
find nearest pay parking on the map,
see the parking details
select parking duration
and use reminder function

Obviously this is still [...]

Bullet Train for Australia has been getting some attention in the press

By 17 September, 2013

My original title for this was “How high speed rail got everyone talking about how everyone was talking about high speed rail that everyone was talking about” but it didn’t really fit in the title line.
Say what you will about Bullet Train for Australia, they’ve got a very dedicated media team.
Today they emailed us with [...]

Wet weather road closures

By 17 September, 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the following road closures are in place due to wet weather:
· Angle Crossing,
· Oaks Estate Bridge,
· Sunshine Crossing and
· [...]

Because you don’t want to miss Mark Seymour and the Petrolsexuals at the TAMS depot

By 17 September, 2013

[ 19 October, 2013; ] The TAMS depot in Fyshwick is a bloody astonishing space and just how an aircraft hangar manages to hide out there is just as astonishing.

So it’s great it’s going to be getting community use as part of the SPIN festival.

Particularly the Centenary Team are waving the flag for what will be a fantastic way to [...]

Oaks Estate Bridge closed

By 17 September, 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the Oaks Estate Bridge on Oaks Estate Road is closed due to rising waters as a result of heavy rainfalls. Motorists are advised to take an alternative route.
Barriers are being erected to alert people of the closure.
Further road closures may be necessary [...]

Moving the bus layover in Civic

By 17 September, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his plans to rejig Civic’s bus “layovers”* to accomodate ANU’s voracious growth:
“The existing City bus layover on Marcus Clarke Street will form part of the Australian National University Exchange development, so we require a new site to meet future bus layover needs,” Mr Corbell said.
“The ACT Government carried out a feasibility [...]

Summer road resealing

By 16 September, 2013

TAMS have put forth word of their plans to extend the dreaded chipseal:
With the weather warming up, the ACT Government today announced details of the 2013-14 road resealing program.
“Resealing of roads in Canberra is planned to start today on Boboyan Road,” Acting Director, Roads ACT, Ken Marshall, said.
“The resealing program, which is part of [...]

Your thoughts wanted for Network14

By 13 September, 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced he’s kicking off the consultation on next year’s bus network.
Highlights include:
– a new service linking Molonglo to Woden and Cooleman Court with a peak hour Xpresso to the City – these services will support increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley
– a new Rapid service between Gungahlin and Belconnen
– a new [...]

Another fine bike lane…

By 13 September, 2013

Guy has sent this in:
Perfect example of great road design by ACT GOVT – at the junction of Ipima and Torrens St in Braddon: cyclists forced into path of cars on arrival at the roundabout!

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The road goes ever on and on…

By 12 September, 2013

This in from Steve.
One of the ACT Government’s less convincing efforts.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Have Your Say in Belconnen Town Centre parking planning

By 11 September, 2013

The Belconnen Community Council are conducting a survey to determine actual parking requirements in the Belconnen Town Centre.
We are holding a public meeting to begin our project to improve parking in Belconnen on Tuesday Sep 17th at Margaret Timpson park at 12.30PM. Look for the silver sculpture on the corner of Chandler St and Benjamin [...]

Bike lanes are confusing

By 11 September, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen Aeek has wonderfully demonstrated why I ride on the footpath most of the time:
This is the eastern end of Aranda. The bike lane ends without any sign and now this sign without any bike lane.
Well one of the reasons…

Mainly it’s because I’m a big scaredy cat.

Joys of public transport

By 11 September, 2013

Joys of public transport.

Keep left on Gininderra Drive

By 10 September, 2013

On Gininderra Drive there are keep left unless over taking signs west bound going up the hill just before the intersection with Gungahlin Drive and east bound just past the intersection with Kingsford Smith Drive.
Under the road rules keep left unless overtaking applies on roads with a speed limit greater than 80km/h or where signs [...]

Cameras on Parkes Way?

By 9 September, 2013

Driving east on Parkes Way this morning, I noticed (at least) two poles in the median, each with two cameras on them.
They look like fixed speed cameras, but there’s no signs and no talk of such.
Any ideas, hivemind?

Monday Parking Parking Monday Monday Thing

By 9 September, 2013

It’s time to reward last weeks top parkers, and in doing so make everything rainbows and happiness with positive reinforcement.
That’s a lie, it’s actually time to laugh at those who cannot or will not park properly, as is our tradition.
Send in your bad parking photos to images@the-riotact.com, be sure to include the word “parking” in [...]

NXTBUS trials starting NXTWEEK

By 5 September, 2013

NXTBUS, the new bus system that could easily have been called NEXTBUS thus saving it from sounding stupid, will commence trails next week.
For those of you who have not paid attention to NXTBUS news thus far, possibly because of its stupid name, the idea is that this new system tracks Canberra buses in real time, [...]

Canberra Ave tree removal

By 5 September, 2013

They’re getting rid of some Wattles! That’s good!
They’ll probably plant more Wattles! That’s bad!
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise the public that work will commence this weekend (Saturday 7 September) to remove trees within the Canberra Avenue median strip between Hindmarsh Drive and the NSW border.
This work, which will mainly involve the removal of [...]

Traffic Control for September

By 4 September, 2013

ACT Policing will focus on 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 Controls among those concerns.
Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said ACT Policing’s [...]

Just 189 distracted drivers

By 4 September, 2013

In a month where ACT Policing focussed its attention on the issue of driver distraction, 140 motorists were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices and another 49 were cautioned for these and related traffic offences.
Of the 140 drivers issued with TINs, 130 were fined for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving and nine others were [...]

Barton Hwy Speed Cameras?

By 4 September, 2013

Does anybody know if both directions are monitored between Gungahlin Dr and Ellenborough St?
You have what appears to be the flash unit and the radar box pointing in one direction (sure it’s Eastbound) however just the smaller flash unit is pointing westbound.
Is this a dummy set up similar to Lanyon Dr southbound?

Old school driving techniques

By 2 September, 2013

I am just back from a weekend down at the far South Coast of NSW. As with many coastal towns, there is a large population of elderly drivers down that way. Not once, but twice did I end up in an intersection ‘stalemate’ with this genre of driver.
On both occasions I was at a four-way [...]

Community looking to duplicate Barton Highway

By 2 September, 2013

I imagine this cause will resonate with more than a few of you, so I shall pass on the information:
After yet another fatality on the Barton Highway last Friday, I have set up a Facebook Group to mobilise the community to promote action on work to duplicate the road.
As an individual it’s hard to be [...]

Project Safe Plate heads to Woden

By 2 September, 2013

ACT Policing’s ongoing efforts to secure number plates against theft is heading south.
ACT Policing and Westfield Woden are joining forces to prevent number plate theft with a free program this weekend, Project Safe Plate.
This Saturday (September 7) between 10am-2pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Westfield Woden Callam Street car park, opposite [...]

When is a Bike Lane NOT a Bike Lane?

By 2 September, 2013

And before I begin, this is a discussion about bicycle lanes, not a car vs bike thread. To preempt any argument, good bicycle infrastructure benefits everybody, including car drivers.
You may have noticed some unusual bike lanes popping up around Canberra. Unusual, because they run for just few metres near intersections. They do not run the [...]

SPIN: Weekends on Wheels program launched

By 2 September, 2013

[ 5 October, 2013 to 27 October, 2013. ]

Sporting events, musical bikes, skatepark workshops, and a car-themed rock show can all be found in the newly launched program for SPIN: Canberra’s Weekends on Wheels.

“The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, says that SPIN: Canberra’s Weekends on Wheels will showcase the city’s love of all things that spin throughout four packed [...]

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