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The Montague Street bridge strikes again

It used to be that the fashionable bridge for high vehicles to crash into was the Spencer/Flinders Street rail overpass -- eleven hits in five years. But it's been usurped by the Montague Street tram bridge. At lunchtime on Tuesday I went down to have a look. Certainly no shortage of warnings signs. In this view alone I count four, plus the stripy guard barrier in front of the bridge:

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Elizabeth Street tram works / #RoadMorons invade the Bourke Street Mall

Works on the new Elizabeth Street tram platform stops are going full steam ahead. This is significant, because with the rollout of the new E-class trams onto route 96, it's expected some low-floor trams will be available for the first time on Elizabeth Street, at last providing accessible services from the CBD to the Hospital Precinct. (You'd think this would have been prioritised before, wouldn

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Motorists in pedestrian areas – is there something about No Entry they don’t understand?

Some of those of us who hang around the city are truly amazed at the number of motorists who ignore the "No Entry" and turn ban signs and drive along streets they're not meant to. So it's nice to know that -- just occasionally -- they do get pulled over by the police. Unfortunately others seem to get away with it scot free -- and it's unclear to me why police seem to be less keen

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1 in 6 have challenges just getting down the street. Don’t block the footpath.

In an ABS survey in 2009, 4.0 million people (18.5% of the population) reported having a disability. Of people with a disability, Mobility aids used by about 15% of them. So about 600,000 people nationwide use mobility aids of some kind: walking sticks, walking frames, wheelchairs. Additionally, the 2011 Census says there are 1,457,571 people aged under 5. Let's assume that all of the

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Idiot of the day

About an hour ago at Highett station: the train to Frankston had just left, and a city-bound train was approaching. This idiot cyclist rode across in front of the city-bound train. The train driver tooted his horn loud and long. The cyclist entered the station, and appeared to want to catch the train -- I'd be surprised if the driver didn't verbally berate the cyclist over the PA.

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In pictures… Road Morons

One can only hope that (a) the idiots didn't hit anybody as they sped through the Mall, and that (b) those that do this kind of thing get pulled over for it. (1:21pm on Monday) As you can see from Google Streetview, there is signage/road markings indicating that when coming westbound on Bourke Street, motorists shouldn't enter the tram stop -- they should do a U-turn and go back.