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You control $13 million to spend upgrading any part of Canberra’s transport network… how would you spend the money?

By Sgt.Bungers 15 May 2012 65

The ACT Gov recently awarded a $13,000,000 contract to build an extra lane for both directions of Parkes Way from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Ave. As usual, rioters are at odds regarding how Canberra’s transport infrastructure money should be spent.

If you were given the final say in how $13 million was spent on upgrading any aspect of Canberra’s transport infrastructure, what would you spend it on?

( Me? I’d commence building a direct and fully segregated cycle route between Belconnen and Civic. The route would be built with the intention of encouraging at least 20% of people commuting between the town centres to hop out of their cars and onto their bikes, thus freeing up motor vehicle traffic congestion. Initially the route would be between the two town centres, with connections into the hearts of Civic and Belconnen’s business and shopping districts. There would be connections to the uni’s, Calvary hospital and AIS. Once completed, the routes would be similar to this recent cycle route upgrade in the Netherlands. My 2c! )

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Truthiness 11:32 am 28 May 12

i’d spend the money bribing planning officials into not building such convoluted suburbs. Just take a look at Amaroo or Ngunnawal, how any public transport system is ever meant to work out there is beyond me. twisty turny tiny little backroads intermingled in suburbia, there is no efficient way to organise that mess. I feel sorry for the bus drivers trying to fit a bus down a twisting laneway roundabout to pick up a single lone commuter for a three hour ride to the other side of town.

As long as we design our suburbs for cars, people will keep using cars.

dixyland 8:45 am 18 May 12

I’d spend the money for a consultant to write a feasibility statement on something that will never happen.

Deref 7:19 am 18 May 12

yellowsnow said :

Deref said :

Failing all that, I’d do what I saw in a comic book many years ago: I’d fit cars with a coin-operated short-range radio transmitter linked to the lights. The more coins you put in, the more priority you get. If you drove up to a red light at 1.00am and there was no traffic around, 1c would change it for you. If you were in a hurry at a busy time, you could feed it $5 notes at each light to give yourself priority. If you were really rich, you could set it to simply give you priority everywhere and send you a bill at the end of the month. The money in the boxes would replace rego fees.

LOL! I like. You think outside the box Deref

I wish I could take credit for it. 😉

Evil_Kitten 3:50 am 18 May 12

DrKoresh said :

c_c said :

$13m for a cycle lane that’s segregated – and cyclists wonder why they’re hated so.

I’d spend it on Woden interchange, make is a place that keeps the rif raf, graffiti and vomit out and more commuters in.

I’d like it if people could be more specific than ‘riff-raff’. I get the vibe you just mean teenagers and people wearing hoodies rather than actual trouble-makers, which leaves you sounding like an elitist toss-pot. If I were waiting for a bus in Woden and saw someone like you looking down your nose at me as though I were a piece of dog turd, I’d probably vomit on your shoes, punch you in the head and then draw penises all-over your unconscious body just so that you didn’t leave disappointed.

Oh I think I lol’d (and I really did – it was out loud) to that more than anything else I’ve read on here. Thanks 🙂

yellowsnow 12:20 am 18 May 12

Deref said :

Failing all that, I’d do what I saw in a comic book many years ago: I’d fit cars with a coin-operated short-range radio transmitter linked to the lights. The more coins you put in, the more priority you get. If you drove up to a red light at 1.00am and there was no traffic around, 1c would change it for you. If you were in a hurry at a busy time, you could feed it $5 notes at each light to give yourself priority. If you were really rich, you could set it to simply give you priority everywhere and send you a bill at the end of the month. The money in the boxes would replace rego fees.

LOL! I like. You think outside the box Deref

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