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More on the CBD Bus Accident

Posted in Policies by Devin Maeztri on October 7th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #79, 30 September 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport. This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“Unfortunately, this was an accident waiting to happen. It is ridiculous that Swanston St should be closed to car traffic but that these enormous coaches should be allowed to clog up the street during its busiest period. When the coaches are parked, cyclists are forced ride within a hairs breath of the coaches or cross into the path of the trams. In the wet (when tram tracks are very slippery for cyclists)this problem is even worse. The coaches should be removed.”
Ref: Readers Comment, The Age, 18/9/08

“Stung by criticism he failed to protect cyclists from the thousands of tour buses that choke one of the city’s main thoroughfares, an emotional [Melbourne] Lord Mayor John So last night banned buses from Swanston Street after a young woman riding to work was killed. … Melbourne City Council last year considered forcing tour buses from Swanston Street to a purpose-built terminal at Federation Square. But the council buckled under pressure from tour operators – which pick up 320,000 customers a year on Swanston Street from nearby hotels.”
Ref: Clay Lucas, The Age, 19/9/08