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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


Community meeting – Solving Melbourne’s Transport Crisis

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 10th, 2007

Mocking public transport authority...

SWANSTON ROOM, Ground Floor, Melbourrne Town Hall, Swanston Street,
Thursday August 30: 5.30 for 6.00-8.00 pm

Basing transport planning on evidence
Dr Paul Mees, senior lecturer in transport and land use planning, University of Melbourne and author of Melbournes Future Transport Options, (MCC, 2005)

Implications of global warming and peak oil for transport
Cr Janet Rice, Chair, Metropolitan Transport Forum, Councillor and Former Mayor, City Of Maribyrnong

Transport Funding – Myth And Reality
Peter Fitzgerald, infrastructure expert and author Review of Partnerships, Victoria Provided Infrastructure (Vic Gov 2004)

Where to from here?
Cr Janet Rice, Metropolitan Transport Forum and Angela Munro, Citizens For A Liveable Melbourne

Organised by MTF and CALM in association with Blue Wedges, Friends of the Earth, Green Wedges Coalition, Protectors of Public Lands Victoria, Public Transport Users Association, Western Region Environment Centre

INFORMATION: Susie Strain, MTF 0414 893 926 and Angela Munro CALM 0429 355 474