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Traffic light programming, and the tale of the Magic Laptop

The Magic Laptop One evening many years ago some PTUA bods and I were meeting with a Vicroads bloke about traffic light priority and other related issues. He had a laptop with him, and it displayed a diagram of a major intersection; I think it was somewhere out on Burwood Highway. While pondering topics such as tram priority, he talked us through how the traffic light sequences worked, an

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Some thoughts on CBD street design and safety

Thursday's awful incident brings back memories of January's attack, and authorities are rightly saying that it will be investigated from all angles. One issue is road infrastructure that allows a vehicle to reach high speed in a constrained, pedestrian-dense area like Flinders Street. The speed limit is 40. But apart from the placement of tram superstops (one of which finally stopped the veh

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Brussels has zebra crossings. Lots and lots of zebra crossings. Could we have more too?

One of the things I found fascinating about Brussels on our recent holiday was - in contrast to Cardiff - how they've gone out of their way to make life easy for pedestrians. Most striking was that there were zebra crossings. Lots and lots of zebra crossings. When I first spotted how many there were, I wasn't totally sure what I was seeing, and actually warned my fellow travellers to wat

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Congestion is not the enemy

This in the Herald Sun a few weeks ago: Melbourne traffic congestion on par with world's biggest cities like London, Rome and New York (paywall): TRAFFIC congestion in Melbourne is on par with New York and could rival the worldโ€™s worst cities if nothing is done to combat the problem. Figures supplied by Tom Tom show congestion levels in Melbourne are at 33 per cent compared to its population

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Surprise surprise, expanding the Dingley Bypass caused more traffic

Remember the Dingley Bypass? The western end was built as the "South Road Extension" as two lanes (one each way) just last decade. It mostly wasn't dual carriageway, but it was otherwise suspiciously freeway-like. Having appeared in the 1969 freeway plan, it wasn't difficult to see that it would be expanded. (Dingley Arterial 2015 - Google StreetView) Sure enough in 2010, it was announc

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Barred from Bayswater – that escalated quickly

I'd been reading this article about the proposal to narrow a section of Mountain Highway through Bayswater when the level crossing is removed -- from 3 lanes in each direction down to 2. Bayswater state Liberal MP Heidi Victoria has submitted the petition against the plans to State Parliament and urged the Government to intervene. ... "Those of us who live and work in Bayswater know the tra

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The “tradies” argument for more roads

The argument for more/bigger roads (particularly motorways) is often that tradies and others need to carry their tools and equipment to jobs, so they can't use public transport. Perhaps that's true, but they are the minority of people on the road. According to a 2012 ABS study, only about 7% of people avoid using public transport (for work or study) because they need to carry tools etc. Anot

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Domain tunnel closed. Gridlock? What gridlock?

GRIDLOCK will begin to choke Melbourne's roads from Friday night, but the full impact of bridge and tunnel closures for maintenance won't bite until the New Year. Motorists are being advised to steer clear of the city, or they could experience delays of up to an hour. -- Herald Sun: Traffic chaos expected as West Gate Bridge and CityLink tunnels close, 26/12/2013 Oh noes! The Domain tunne

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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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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