Toxic Custard newsletter, walking

Here’s an idea: Pedestrian Clearways

For the proposals in City of Melbourne's discussion papers to be described as "radical" and "ridiculous" just shows how far we haven't come in transport planning in this state. Perhaps it's no surprise given that in the forthcoming election, if choosing a major party, we vote for either the mob who wants to build two massive motorways, or the mob who wants to build three massive motorways -- th

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Post delivery by tram

For some time - since well before the introduction of the Free Tram Zone - I've seen uniformed Australia Post employees with small delivery carts on board trams in central Melbourne. At first I wondered if this was a good use of space on a tram, given how crowded they can get. But I think it's arguable that it's Australia Post being smart about moving (at least some) letters and parcels

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Corrs Lane, Melbourne’s narrowest public laneway?

Corrs lane is a handy shortcut between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street, just east of Russell Street. At the northern (Lonsdale Street) end, it's so narrow that you could easily walk past it without noticing. It's all a bit... I dunno, Platform 9 3/4. I noticed yesterday snapping pics that there seems to be one property entrance in this narrow section, which still gets mail deliv

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Traffic light programming is why your CBD tram trip is start, stop, start

It's not uncommon to see trams stopped at traffic lights along Bourke Street, sometimes in queues, at locations where there is no stop. If you've wondered why your tram journey is start-stop, it won't surprise you to learn that the lights are all over the place. With the handy-dandy stopwatch function on my mobile phone, I timed the lights along the central and western section of Bourke Street

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

You shall not pass

I know it's been around for a while, but I was quite struck the other day by these traffic lights on the corner of La Trobe and Swanston Streets, facing southbound traffic coming down Swanston. The left and right arrows are for motor vehicles (which can go left or right, but not straight ahead). The middle two are for cyclists (which have their own "Copenhagen"-style lanes) and trams. They go w

Retrospectives, transport

How long did it take to get into central Melbourne from your suburb… circa 1925

This is very cool. Similar to tools Jarrett Walker often talks about that show how far you can get in X minutes on public transport, here's a map prepared around 1925 or so (I'm guessing) by the Melbourne Town Planning Commission showing how long it takes to get into central Melbourne from various suburbs by tram and train (and walking). Here's the area around St Kilda and Caulfield:

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from March 2004

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The serene setting of Caulfield South Primary School, where my kids went. Like many schools of that era, the original main building is lovely, and conceals the portable classrooms out the back. The old Elizabeth Street tram stop on Collins Street, westbound. It's not hard to see why they've rebuilt these stops into platform stops, for safety a

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William Street — too much space for cars?

Heading south along William Street in morning peak hour, fighting for space on the street, are pedestrians (predominantly coming out of Flagstaff station), trams, cyclists and motorists. How many of each? Tram route 55 gets a tram about every 4 minutes in peak hour. The May 2012 PTV load survey said that each tram carries an average of 78.6 people between 8am and 9am southbound (actually mea