Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Luckily most people don’t bring their cars to central Melbourne

Sometimes in the city, it's a bit like a Where's Wally book. City of Melbourne figures indicate the average daily population for the CBD and surrounding council area is 844,000. But Christmas shopping is a very busy time of year. City of Melbourne has some very clever pedestrian monitoring systems, which can tell us just how busy different parts of the city are. They have sensors arou


Want to avoid Chuggers? Now you can, with City of Melbourne’s handy map

One of the great things about Melbourne's CBD (the Hoddle Grid) is that it's so easily navigable. There are lots of parallel streets and laneways, so when walking around it's pretty easy to take an alternative route, and still not get lost. You can use this to avoid Chuggers. Charity Muggers are notorious for getting in the way of pedestrians, desperately trying to get people to sign up for

Melbourne, transport

Some good stuff in the City of Melbourne’s Draft Walking Plan

You might have seen media coverage (Age / Herald Sun) of the new City of Melbourne Draft Walking Plan. There's lots of interesting stuff in the document (PDF, 35Mb). Below are some notes from a skim through. (Page references refer to those at the top of the page, eg numbered from the start of the PDF including cover sheets/intro, not the start of the document.) p1. The economic benefi

Melbourne, transport

Ferries and underground railways!! … But why?

Yet again we have public figures extolling the virtues of technology over service in public transport. Underground railways Jeff Kennett thinks underground railways are the panacea: "If I was able to wave a magic wand even now, I would start the planning for an underground rail system," he told the Australian Property Institute Pan Pacific Congress in Melbourne on Tuesday. "It would co