The bus to nowhere

Apparently the buses at this bus stop have a destination of “None”.

Bus destination: None

The addition to the sign in this case is accurate. It’s a spot where buses layover in William Street between runs.

Apparently they’ve put bus stop signs up there to stop motorists parking there if they don’t notice the Bus Zone signs. But they’ve made them old-style bus stop signs so that passengers don’t try and board buses there.

Metlink do have a design for Set Down Only bus stops; there are a few around the CBD. I wonder why they don’t use those instead — they’d probably do the job, but be less confusing.

Sure, I can park here. Why not?

Well, this thing I’m driving is about as big as a bus, so I thought I could park in the bus stop. Obviously it would have been too hard to move forward a couple of metres into the perfectly legal parking spot just ahead.

My car is as big as a bus, so I guess I can park in a bus stop

I guess I could have knocked on the window and asked if she was the 703. But I wanted to catch a real one to see if they’d fixed the zone overlap Myki bug yet.

They haven’t — see today’s Age (not onlinearticle now online). It’s the same problem I first found on day one of Myki on buses back in July, and was highlighted again in a comment from Alasdair — and for him this route is on his daily commute. Can you imagine the hassle of ringing up every day to get re-imbursed the $4.04 (two trips) incorrectly charged?

How about some wider footpaths?

There are around 70,000 parking spaces in Melbourne’s CBD [source], and cars are a minority access mode.

So don’t you think they could forfeit a few street parking spaces in the “Little” streets so some narrow footpaths could be widened?

Little Lonsdale St, near William St
(Little Lonsdale Street looking towards William Street. The truck was legally parked.)

For instance, Little Lonsdale Street has parking along both sides for most of its length, and has so many pedestrians at busy times that some are forced to walk on the road.

Removing parking spots along one side would be only a few dozen lost, but would make a big difference to the width of the footpaths — to cope with (and encourage) increasing pedestrian numbers, and also to ensure wheelchair (and pram) accessibility.

Parking too close

You’re meant to park at least one metre away from other cars, I guess so they have a chance of getting out of their parking spot:

If parking bays are not marked, you must leave at least one metre between your vehicle and those in front and behind.

VicRoads

But how does anybody get booked for breaking that rule? How would a parking inspector know who had done the wrong thing?

Parking too close

That’s my car on the left. Nobody else was there when I parked; I came back to find the other car behind me. There was plenty of space — a driveway if I recall correctly — in front. So it wasn’t a problem.