Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from August 2009

It's nearly the end of the month, so here's another in my series of photos from ten years ago. Yarraville one afternoon. This hasn't changed much at all. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48638802257/in/dateposted/ In Swanston Street, a quirky display of old public benches. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbowen/48638663306/in/photostream/ Every few years, the tram/t

transport

Some thoughts on the Myki data leak

This, the other week, was interesting: In a concerning revelation, researchers have found that myki, in conjunction with social media, can be used to uncover a wealth of information about card users. ABC: 'Shocking' myki privacy breach for millions of users in data release Here's the report and media release from the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner: Information Commissi

transport, walking

Is the importance of car parks inflated?

One of the tropes of urban planning is that traders think car parking (and car access generally) for their customers is far more important than it might actually be. Here are some live examples in Melbourne right now. Save Inkerman! In Caulfield, traders reckon their businesses will suffer if separated bike lanes, part of the Principal Bike Network, replace car parking. Some residents, w

transport

SoCross: the interchange

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen this. A man rushed past on the stairs at Southern Cross. He ran down and around the corner, then doubled-back to the V/Line fare gates. My guess is he'd come from the Metro platforms. Here's a short video of what happened next. https://twitter.com/danielbowen/status/1159651864255668224 (It's only 18 seconds to play in full. You

transport

Public transport Shapes

This went super viral, at least by my standards. It started off as a reply to a Tweet from Tosh Greenslade (from Mad As Hell) - he pointed out a similar slogan, then I realised the BBQ Shapes box design is near identical to the livery on the trams. Someone suggested a look at the other modes... and it grew from there. https://twitter.com/danielbowen/status/1158848074367639552 On Twitte

transport

The circle is broken. But…

You might recall I had put in a request to Vicroads to resolve a 13 year old problem with a local bus zone. The bus zone hours hadn't been updated since last decade. In 2006 the operating hours of bus route 701 were extended so it runs until after 9pm in the evening, and Sunday service was introduced for the first time. Vicroads replied and said they had passed the query to PTV. Then PT

driving, transport

A year in the new car

Sorry PT fans, this is a blog about driving. I've had the new car, a 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer bought brand new, a year now, and have got to just on 10,000 kilometres so far. The average in Australia is about 15,000 km per year, but some drive a lot further. My past average is about 7-8K, but circumstances (principally one son who just got his licence) has us driving more than in the past.