Here’s something to ponder…
If Melbourne didn’t have trams anymore, would every CBD street look like Lonsdale Street?
(Seen on Twitter recently: “Lonsdale St is the scariest, least bike friendly St in CBD. Discuss.”)
PS. Lunchtime: I’d just note that I deliberately chose Lonsdale Street over the (arguably more attractive) Exhibition or Queen Streets because I would think that if the trams had gone, we would have ended up with more Smartbus-type frequent bus services, as well as (I’d hope) fulltime bus lanes. In fact it somewhat staggers me that the Lonsdale Street bus lanes aren’t fulltime.