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Traffic Behavior in Phillip

By Peter Holland - 1 August 2008 16

How many people have to have an accident in Phillip before they work out which way the roads go?

Yesterday, someone tried to go up the one-way down road, and met a car coming the other way. There is a sign that says “no entry” but they tried to anyway. I have seen several accidents where people do this, and a couple of pretty close near misses.

Considering that the courts – prospect / colbee / dundas etc have signage up, you would think that it was a no-brainer.

Add to that the fact that there are several motor repair and car yard employees that love to drive very fast down the road, there will be a bad accident soon. (If they don’t manage to clean up the pedestrians first, at the pedestrian crossing)

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16 Responses to
Traffic Behavior in Phillip
peter@home 1:00 am 02 Aug 08

the fact that it has been proven by lack of signs – it is a 50 zone, you’d think the cops would be happy to clean up the driving habits, especially when you have the medical centre, kid essentials and other shops around there.

we usually set our watches by one moron, we are waiting for him to slam into the building.

BigDave 12:59 am 02 Aug 08

It probably is GPS you know. The other day at Fairbarn Park, someone wanted to know which building was the airport terminal. Turns out Tom Tom told them to go there. Then again, Canberra drivers etc. etc…..

Granny 9:08 pm 01 Aug 08

Jon … Jon … are you listening, Jon?

; )

Duke 7:00 pm 01 Aug 08

The roundabout near the gym and Duratone is the most dangerous place. Cars come screaming around that corner beside the gym and as so few people use indicators it’s difficult to tell which direction they’re going. I don’t walk across that street, I dash!

The rain just makes it worse down there – people actually speed up, squeal tyres etc.

They need to start booking people for speed, defects etc – hammer them with fines!

andy pandy 6:20 pm 01 Aug 08

description (I got over confident and didn’t preview)

andy pandy 6:18 pm 01 Aug 08

My first car was written off by some fool doing exactly the same thing (same place judging from the discription) in 1991.

peterh 5:24 pm 01 Aug 08

The Brad said :

But I’d settle for a zebra crossing near the gym
That is a particularly bad section….and no way for a pedestrian to cross unless they use the pedestrian crossing at Melrose drive. Then again, maybe this will do as a warmup before going to the gym

I try to see if the cars are coming by their reflection on the shop windows. pretty good strike rate, haven’t been bowled over yet…

peterh 5:22 pm 01 Aug 08

H1NG0 said :

I have had someone travel the wrong way around the big roundabout in Woden. I narrowly missed them in a Govvy car. They then proceeded to drive into the centre of the roundabout and stop.

narrowly missing the stormwater drain?

another idea suggested by a customer is to close off each of the courts like dundas and colbee. (we were discussing this very thing today) but that would lead to more (gasp!) pedestrians wandering in front of cars.

whoops. must be 5.00 – there goes the guy who thinks rainy roads are for burnouts around corners. into traffic. towards a startled pedestrian.

The Brad 5:20 pm 01 Aug 08

But I’d settle for a zebra crossing near the gym
That is a particularly bad section….and no way for a pedestrian to cross unless they use the pedestrian crossing at Melrose drive. Then again, maybe this will do as a warmup before going to the gym

H1NG0 4:46 pm 01 Aug 08

I have had someone travel the wrong way around the big roundabout in Woden. I narrowly missed them in a Govvy car. They then proceeded to drive into the centre of the roundabout and stop.

peterh 3:47 pm 01 Aug 08

Duke said :

I’m loathe to suggest it because I generally hate the things, but speed humps might slow things down a bit. Nice tall ones – the poseurs in their low low cars are generally the ones doing all the speeding.

But I’d settle for a zebra crossing near the gym.

Would you feed it?? sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist….

Metal speed humps would be best – like they have in car parks,low, but at least you know when you go over them. I get the feeling that some drivers seem to think that pedestrians are speed humps, anyway.

Duke 2:53 pm 01 Aug 08

I’m loathe to suggest it because I generally hate the things, but speed humps might slow things down a bit. Nice tall ones – the poseurs in their low low cars are generally the ones doing all the speeding.

But I’d settle for a zebra crossing near the gym.

kenneth 2:28 pm 01 Aug 08

I wonder if any accidents are caused by GPS’s saying to go down the exit instead of the entrance. I have noticed my TomTom does that.

sepi 2:27 pm 01 Aug 08

I wish Jon would put up some of his art in those Courts in Phillip. They desperatley need some landmarks, so that you can describe to people which is which, instead of saying ‘near Vinnies’ etc.

And so I can actually remember, and don’t drive thru them all every time I go t here.

DarkLadyWolfMother 12:38 pm 01 Aug 08

I’ve worked in Phillip for over 15 years, and I’m amazed at the lack of accidents given that I’ve seen this behavior for most of that time.

I’ve nearly been cleaned up many times, but it’s only ever been ‘nearly’.

A lot of it seems to be pure laziness. Gee, that’s unusual.

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