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The Civic Pole Farm

By johnboy - 13 October 2011 48

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As a regular cyclist through Civic (although for those keeping score at home let it be noted that I do once again own a car) I do wonder from time to time why we need quite so many poles getting in the way.

The corner of Northbourne and Alinga is probably the worst for a busy intersection trying to deal with large numbers of pedestrians, cyclists and cars. Yet amidst all this are six poles, a park bench, and a fire hydrant. One of the poles appears to serve no purpose at all!

Is it too much to ask for just a bit of consolidation in our urban infrastructure?

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The Civic Pole Farm
Thoroughly Smashed 12:11 pm 13 Oct 11

peterepete said :

The pole in the foreground of the second pic seems to disappear behind the emergency vehicles excepted sign which is clearly behind it. Maybe its all an illusion

Or maybe it really is the one that the signs are attached to.

Grail 12:11 pm 13 Oct 11

Surely the 20km/h sign could at least share a pole with the “no entry/conditions” sign?

Then stick the street lamp on the same pole as the traffic light and remove the rogue pole, and we’re down to three poles, removing the ones that are the worst offenders on that corner.

Regardless of the colonnade, this part of the street is still used by pedestrians. Fewer obstructions will help people navigate the bus interchange with enhanced speed and safety.

peterepete 11:57 am 13 Oct 11

The pole in the foreground of the second pic seems to disappear behind the emergency vehicles excepted sign which is clearly behind it. Maybe its all an illusion

Henry82 11:51 am 13 Oct 11

Yes it is quite tight across there. Particularly with the fire hydrant, its a wall of obstacles. When wet, those tiles are also a no go.

The other place that is very tight is the cafe outside of Eastrow and London circuit. Those tables seem to migrate further out (into the path) every time i ride past.

johnboy 11:38 am 13 Oct 11

and yet, and yet, not every corner in the civilised world is so adorned with a thicket of poles.

jake555 11:36 am 13 Oct 11

Heaven forbid the signs /other items :
1. Light up the place at night (esp in the CBD nightclub district);
2. Control traffic with signals;
3. Prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering a bus interchange;
4. Advise the speed limit in said interchange;
5. Advise that no parking is permitted along said interchange;
6. Provide seating for people to wait for a bus;
7. Provide a water source for ACT Fire Brigade. 
 
This leaves one pole unaccounted for, which happens to be within a metre of a large tree.
One would hope a cyclist would avoid said large tree .  
 
Not quite a pogo stick or a hula-hoop, but perhaps someone could invent levitating street signs.

johnboy 11:29 am 13 Oct 11

Rollersk8r said :

I’m with you in theory but technically all those pics are in the bus interchange, where bikes are forbidden. There is a sign saying no bikes or skateboards, which is actually not on a pole but on the building on the Northbourne side.

The sign refers to the area under collonade. But given that it cites no authority or statute it’s really just a request.

Rollersk8r 11:27 am 13 Oct 11

I’m with you in theory but technically all those pics are in the bus interchange, where bikes are forbidden. There is a sign saying no bikes or skateboards, which is actually not on a pole but on the building on the Northbourne side.

troll-sniffer 10:09 am 13 Oct 11

Come on enterprising entrepreneurs of the nation’s capital, forget your zumba classes, ignore your boot camp mantra, (so last week), we implore you to make good use of these poles through the introduction of Pertiga, the new public pole dancing fitness craze.

So new in fact, you would be recognised as a true entrepreneur, introducing a craze that will sweep the nation (where copious quantities of poles exist) and forever your name will be as great as Richard P. Knerr and Arthur K. Melin, of Wham-O, who marketed the Hula Hoop, or George Hansburg of the pogo stick.

What are you waiting for? One things for sure, we’ll be waiting nearby when the new public pole dancing craze takes off.

Holden Caulfield 9:33 am 13 Oct 11

I’m trying really hard to not mention the war.

sarahsarah 9:33 am 13 Oct 11

I used to live in an apartment on Northbourne and it never took long for our balcony to be covered in a layer of dirty soot from the traffic passing by. Perhaps they have mutated from continuous exposure and have started sprouting offshoots. The one sans sign just hasn’t fully developed yet.

arescarti42 9:32 am 13 Oct 11

The one with nothing on it is clearly a backup for when drunks and socialists vandalise the other ones.

johnboy 9:29 am 13 Oct 11

Erg0 said :

There are quite a few empty poles out in the ‘burbs too, they seem to leave them in place if the sign atop them is removed. I suggest that they put a sign on it: “This Pole Not in Use”.

Incidentally, I seem to recall our resident Australian Standards wonk saying that speed limit signs are supposed to be on their own pole.

2 poles on the corner would be lovely!

Erg0 9:25 am 13 Oct 11

There are quite a few empty poles out in the ‘burbs too, they seem to leave them in place if the sign atop them is removed. I suggest that they put a sign on it: “This Pole Not in Use”.

Incidentally, I seem to recall our resident Australian Standards wonk saying that speed limit signs are supposed to be on their own pole.

buzz819 9:12 am 13 Oct 11

10 minutes in the sin bin for you – to much common sense being applied – go on off you go.

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