Quiet Intersections

hojavi 16 September 2009 27

I’m scheduled to shoot a short film next month, and I was wondering if anyone could please tell me of any quiet intersections in Canberra? I’d have to formally apply to close off at least part of the intersection, so understandably it couldn’t be one in the city, or anywhere with high traffic flow, for insurance and other reasons.

Thanks in advance!


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anonymous gungahlian anonymous gungahlian 2:27 pm 23 Sep 09

anonymous gungahlian said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Please, more jokes about major intersections being “quiet” during peak hour. I can’t get enough!

I agree. Oh! why dont you try the Northbourne Avenue + Antill Street/Mouat Street intersection, Dickson at around 8:30am. It’s deserted as. Really.

seriously though, thats a load of crap. dont try there.

anonymous gungahlian anonymous gungahlian 2:19 pm 23 Sep 09

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Please, more jokes about major intersections being “quiet” during peak hour. I can’t get enough!

I agree. Oh! why dont you try the Northbourne Avenue + Antill Street/Mouat Street intersection, Dickson at around 8:30am. It’s deserted as. Really.

anonymous gungahlian anonymous gungahlian 2:03 pm 23 Sep 09

dingus said :

Find an intersection in Charnwood. Plenty of friendly locals out that way. Maybe you could get a few in your film

lol

dingus dingus 3:18 am 18 Sep 09

Find an intersection in Charnwood. Plenty of friendly locals out that way. Maybe you could get a few in your film

j from the block j from the block 5:35 pm 17 Sep 09

astrojax said :

northbourne and london circuit is pretty quiet…

If you wanted northbourne as a dead zone, after 3am during the week is pretty good. But on a weekend, around 5am, aside from a bit of vom on the sidewalk, northbourne and london cct is pretty dead.
Well aside from the odd bartender deciding they are now ok to drive home…

blueberry blueberry 5:30 pm 17 Sep 09

>Get some insurance and do it properly by making an application to TAMS. Think consequences cowboy.

Get a brain and actually read the article before you run your mouth.
>I’d have to formally apply to close off at least part of the intersection,

Any way, How about the intersection of Moynihan and William Web Dr in Evatt, it has houses but is really quiet during the day and there are trafficlights.

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=&vps=1&jsv=176c&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=36.459955,61.083984&ie=UTF8&geocode=FWWu5v0dsJHiCA&split=0

sepi sepi 3:56 pm 17 Sep 09

North Ainslie Primary has a crossing with lights (not an intersection) on Majura Ave.

And the very end of Constitution Avein Campbell at the entrance to Russell has lights which are very quiet on weekends, and not near any houses.

V twin venom V twin venom 12:55 pm 17 Sep 09

Get some insurance and do it properly by making an application to TAMS. Think consequences cowboy.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 9:27 am 17 Sep 09

Please, more jokes about major intersections being “quiet” during peak hour. I can’t get enough!

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 17 Sep 09

Most mornings the small bridge at Glenloch intercharge is very still.

Jamie Wheeler Jamie Wheeler 11:32 pm 16 Sep 09

Mouat St Lyneham and Ginninderra Drive is pretty quiet at 8.45AM weekdays 🙂

TP 3000 TP 3000 11:03 pm 16 Sep 09

Anywhere either side of the lake is dead on a Sunday afternoon.

Do you absolutely need an intersection? As you could make use of the traffic lights at some school crossings? There aren’t too many of them, but around schools are usually quiet on weekends.

But not many people use Rowland Rees Crescent GREENWAY (southern end), on weekends. It has lots of trees & 2 lanes onto Athllon Drive. Also at times those lights take ages to change, so you could set up, shoot & pack up all while you still have a red light.

2604 2604 11:00 pm 16 Sep 09

If not for your traffic light requirement I’d suggest the new part of Kingston – for example, the intersection of Printers Way and Cunningham Street. There are lots of barely-used intersections in the area and if you shoot facing towards the lake there is almost a rural backdrop. Easier to get to than some of the suggested places in Hume, etc, as well

In fact, the intersection of Eyre Street and Wentworth has a traffic light and might suit your purposes, if you drive up Eyre Street from the Kingston Foreshore end. Wentworth actually gets pretty quiet in the middle of the day sometimes.

bd84 bd84 9:56 pm 16 Sep 09

I think you will have some difficulty finding an intersection that would comply with all requirements as “quiet” and traffic lights don’t normally mix, is a criteria for them is normally high use busier intersections and they’re normally on main roads/residential areas. Having said that, you may find luck with trying somewhere on a Sunday afternoon. I can’t say I can think of a particular place that would meet your requirements, perhaps consider some traffic lights that are set up for pedestrian traffic, I can think of Wattle St in Lyneham and on College St in Bruce at the moment, but I’m sure there’s more around.

Thumper Thumper 9:39 pm 16 Sep 09

Yeah, Astro is right. About 9.00am every weekday it’s quiet as a mouse.

astrojax astrojax 8:25 pm 16 Sep 09

northbourne and london circuit is pretty quiet…

cranky cranky 7:55 pm 16 Sep 09

Sheppard St./Tharwa Drive,Hume. Rural as you will get!

Not sure of traffic flow, but could be worth an eyeball.

Ozhair Ozhair 7:49 pm 16 Sep 09

A quiet intersection could be a tricky call, since traffic lights are usually set up at busier intersections to control the traffic flow 😉

I worked on a short last year where we blocked off a section of Athllon Drive (the bit around the back where the gov offices are). That was on a long weekend, though, so the road was pretty dead. Not sure how it’d be on a normal weekend, but might be worth a look.

And even if you were just going to shoot in one lane, I’d say safety requirements would require you to take control of the whole intersection. This means that as well as blocking the intersection, you’d have to be able to put forward (and signpost) a viable detour route.

Oh, and even after blocking the road, expect any number of idiots to simply drive around the roadblocks. See this thread for our experiences:
http://the-riotact.com/?p=7079

Good luck with the shoot 🙂

dvaey dvaey 7:30 pm 16 Sep 09

Isnt there a driving training centre out on Sutton Rd, which has almost a full private road network setup for driver training? This would provide you a greenery environment and be able to restrict access when you need to film, easily. Im not sure if it still exists but Im sure Ive seen photos of the roads which sound like what you want.

If you film after daylight savings begins, you would be able to use an area like mitchell or fyshwick as they basically shut down at 5pm and your daylight will be around for several more hours.

hojavi hojavi 7:07 pm 16 Sep 09

P.S., I would only be using one part of the intersection, e.g. where a car would idle while the traffic light is red, and not the entire crossroad.

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