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Commonwealth Ave – Floriade Traffic Lights

By barney - 18 September 2007 67

This morning on the way into Civic I noticed something fairly stupid, but maybe the whole thing is a fairly “trivial matter”.

Ok, so I have just pulled up to a stop on the Commonwealth avenue bridge with everybody else (once again), and I was thinking “why the hell do they have traffic lights up there”. Then, as we all got closer to the lights, they turned orange to red and I was thinking “gee, I should have gotten up earlier today”. I then looked to see why the lights had turned red and noticed 1 single person walking across the lights in a less than hurried fashion. By this stage I was frothing from the mouth and my blood pressure seemed to have sky-rocketed as I looked in the mirror and noticed I had turned crimson-red.

My question is this. Why the hell are those lights active at peak hours, and why is it that a single person can stroll across Commonwealth Avenue holding up thousands of commuters ? Would it NOT be a GOOD IDEA to build an overpass in that area, or would this stain the landscape and relegate Canberra to hell for all eternity … ?????

What’s Your opinion?


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cranky 6:51 pm 22 Sep 07

Should be a couple of ex GMC500 bridge overpasses stored somewhere around here.

Would only require a crane to fling them into place, and (almost) problem solved. For those too frail to tackle the stairs, a shuttle bus every few minutes. All others can get the exercise.

szeretetta 6:28 pm 22 Sep 07

I wouldn’t mind the two minute delay so much. I do mind the fact that as a result of those lights, it now takes me close to an hour to get to work, up from 35 minutes previously.

But yeah, I am just whinging 🙂

Aeek 9:40 am 22 Sep 07

The Floriade lights are there because people were crossing there before we had the lights. Do they have the Give Way to Pedestrians signs? How stupid are some drivers that they need such signs?

barney 7:36 pm 21 Sep 07

I’m not sure that many people thought before they started typing, with the exception of *Cameron*, and some others.

So fine then. Don’t build a bridge. Build a hole instead :'(

Mr Evil 12:06 pm 21 Sep 07

At the time the Austrian tourist was killed the lights were not installed, and there is also some evidence that she may have been looking in the wrong direction when struck.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 11:50 am 21 Sep 07

To be fair, the Austrian tourist shouldn’t have been crossing there anyway. If I recall, it was before the lights had even been put up. Doesn’t change the fact that the lights seem to serve their purpose during floriade. Remember there are many elderly and disabled people who visit Floriade who need this crossing. Its not permanent so who gives a toss.

Cameron 11:44 am 21 Sep 07

“Tell that to teh family of teh Austrian Pedestrian who was killed at that spot.”

I didn’t realise that incident had happened at this spot.

In any case, I’d probably suggest to them, and to the government, that placing a crossing on a 6 lane major road when there’s an underpass RIGHT THERE anyway is a bit nonsensical. Hard to get hit by an idiot driver when you’re nowhere near the road.

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