Why are pedestrian crossings so narrow?

Why is it that at most traffic lights, the crossings for pedestrians are so narrow? Even in Melbourne's CBD, where heavy pedestrian numbers are expected, most crossings are far too narrow for the number of people. It appears that technically, anybody crossing outside the lines is in breach of Road Safety Rule regulation 234 (a) - which says you can't cross a road less than 20 metres fro

driving, transport

Dash it all! Why intersection markings are changing

You may have noticed that some intersection markings, including pedestrian crossings, are changing. Solid white lines are becoming dashed white lines. Ditto turning lines at intersections. This change brings Victorian practice into line with the Australian standard. NSW (and probably other states) used to have solid lines too, but sometime in the last few decades have switched to dash


Would you want a spaghetti junction in your neighbourhood?

In a plan that takes the popular level crossing removal program but flips it on its head, the State Coalition have announced they will grade-separate 55 road intersections around Melbourne if elected in 2018. (Reports: ABC / Age / Herald Sun) Here's an animation created by the Coalition: And here's the list of intersections announced so far: 1 Torquay Road and Settlement Road, Belmo


Level crossings: Which are funded to be removed, which are promised?

27/9/2017: Updated list Jump straight to the list I've been trying to sort out the status of all the level crossings from the various lists. Some are fully funded, others are funded for planning, and some are merely promises/pledges from the politicians. I ended up going back to the ALCAM 2008 list, and working through which have already been grade separated, and which are now proposed.


#EWLink: What is it? What is it For? Why it wonโ€™t die easily? – Sophie Sturup on mega projects

I and others have been known to call the East-West Link tunnel a zombie project -- you can fight it off (as was done in the 70s) but it will never truly die. Last year at the launch for the Trains Not Tollroads campaign, Dr Sophie Sturup gave a great speech on mega projects. She made some really good points about how these multi-billion dollar mega projects get up, and about EWLink specifically


Bike lanes that don’t disappear 50m before an intersection? Yes, it is possible.

As an occasional cyclist, nothing puts me off like feeling unsafe. Bike lanes help me feel safer, but tend to fizzle out before intersections -- just where many cyclists would consider that you need them the most. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's a real life example of continuous bike lanes: the corner of Alma and Kooyong Roads, Caulfield North. Looking south: Looking west:


So, is this a zebra crossing, or not?

Dear City of Maribyrnong and/or VicRoads, I'm confused. Is this a zebra crossing, or not? This is the corner of Nicholson and Droop Streets, in Footscray. It appears the lights were originally a conventional non-zebra crossing when the road was narrowed a few years ago. But with only a single lane of traffic (which very rarely gets a green), and few vehicles actually using it, few ped

driving, Politics and activism

If east-west traffic is so critical, why does the M1 only provide 2 through lanes each way?

The government argues that cross-city traffic is so critical that the they want to (without a mandate) spend $8 billion building just the first phase of the East-West tunnel. If that's the case, then why does the newly remodelled (2008-2010) M1 corridor only provide two lanes in each direction for those cross-city trips? Eastbound (coming off the Westgate bridge, towards the Burnley tunnel):


What do people want prioritised? PT or roads? Every survey says PT. #SpringSt

The state government continues to push the East-West motorway (a plan they barely mentioned in the 2010 election campaign) over major public transport projects. But what do the people want? As it happens there's a pretty clear message from surveys going back at least five years. (Skip to the end for the latest one.) October 2008 And 94% believe the Government should be spending more on p


One look at the planned EW route shows why it would have made yesterday’s #Citylink mess worse, not better

The claims that the East-West link would somehow help the road network cope with yesterday's horrible Citylink accident are truly mystifying. It really does appear as if the motorway boosters have tried to make use of this high-profile event to promote their cause in the hope that nobody thought too much about what they were saying. RACV public policy general manager Brian Negus said the crash