Aside from the tire deflation movement, do we got any irl movements going on?
cross-posted from: > I don't like social media, worsens my mental health, would rather be doing irl fuck cars then posting. > > Tire deflator info: >

Take pictures of your bike, so if it gets stolen you could report it to police with pics
cross-posted from: > > I took pictures of Marnie's bike. She doesn't have a phone I think, and if it gets stolen and if she wants to file a police report, there would be pics she could give them. > > No very likely but could be useful lol

"A train line to Rowville in Melbourne’s outer east was first proposed in 1969. But five decades later in the federal electorate of Aston, the car is still king."

An attempt to turn Melbourne’s “Little” streets into pedestrian-friendly promenades is failing because motorists refuse to share the busy laneways and obey new speed limits.

"A radical plan to overhaul the tax system for housing, open up Melbourne’s middle suburbs and stop rampant population growth on the city’s outer fringe has been proposed by Victoria’s peak infrastructure body."

The Perth-Peel metropolitan area now stretches 150 kilometres from end-to-end. When will it stop?

"Crews working on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Project have clocked 40 million hours of work in delivering the city-shaping project."

The Caulfield to Dandenong sky train has been included in the National Gallery of Victoria’s latest blockbuster exhibition, Melbourne Now.

Here's another excellent video to check out from the Heartland Urbanist...

In a new video on Urbanists.Video, the Heartland Urbanist explores the unique challenges train travellers face when trying to travel interstate using Amtrak.

From the ABC: "Sydney's train network has again been hit by delays due to "urgent signal repairs" at Homebush, with some trains cancelled. "Sydney Trains is warning passengers to seek "alternative arrangements", with commuters facing long delays at stations across the city." A PeerTube site that’s basically like YouTube for Urbanism
This video site is worth checking out, if you haven't already. Share videos of what's working, and what isn't, in your community.

"Queensland Rail has released horrifying footage of erratic and irresponsible drivers smashing through boom arms at level crossings, prompting a desperate plea for caution around the tracks. "Queensland Rail Senior Manager Security and Emergency Preparedness Drew Brock said the footage painted a distressing picture of drivers blatantly ignoring safety signs and signals as they dashed across the train tracks."

"A Monash University team pioneering an eco-friendly alternative to the millions of railway sleepers across Australia has received a $500,000 research and development grant from the Victorian Government."

"The surge in popularity of larger vehicles in Australia has been driven by tax perks that incentivise buying SUVs, utes and other 4WDs instead of less-polluting smaller-sized cars and sedans, transport experts argue. "SUVs accounted for more than 50% of new vehicles sold in Australia last year, a share which has almost doubled over the past decade. The uptick has prompted calls to tackle the trend by limiting tax incentives, building bus lane-style narrow lanes and more parking spots exclusively for small cars."

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Looks like the NIMBYs are out in force in Sydney's wealthy inner eastern suburbs. They're complaining about over-development in the wealthy inner suburbs in the roughly 6 kilometre area between the Sydney CBD and Bondi Beach. These are Australia's wealthiest suburbs, including Bellevue Hill, which has a median house price of A$7.6 million (US$5.1 million): They're opposed to new apartments being built above a train station, and new bike paths in the area. In fact, despite being ideally placed near the Sydney CBD, they're opposed to any development unless their area gets more roads: "At a candidates’ forum at Double Bay Bowling Club last week, most questions centred on the planning system and what the aspiring MPs would do to stop 'overdevelopment' in the east. "Sloane doubled down on her comments from last year that the eastern suburbs should not be “punished” with more housing. She also said she was not there to defend previous government decisions. "Independent candidate Karen Freyer – an ex-staffer to former Wentworth MP Kerryn Phelps – drew an even harder line against development, saying unless the east had more schools and better roads, housing growth targets should be set at zero. "That included a council plan for up to 500 apartments directly above Edgecliff train station. 'That’s not the only infrastructure people living at Edgecliff will need,' Freyer said. "Last week’s candidate forum also heard complaints about a possible skate park in Rushcutters Bay –which has been on the agenda for 10 years – and the proposed Oxford Street East Cycleway from Taylor Square to Centennial Park Gates."

According to PC Magazine, Acer is jumping aboard one of the hottest new tech trends: e-bikes.

“Imagine that we had the same gaps in car networks that pedestrians have in their networks … You would drive to an intersection and then the road just ends. Or you can’t take a right turn since there is no road. That’s what #pedestrians are constantly up against” Most cities don’t map their own pedestrian network. Now, researchers at MIT have built the first open source tool to let planners do just that.

Do we need to focus more on suburban bus services? #Urbanism #UrbanPlanning #Transit
Yes, in an ideal world, we would all live in walkable cities with great cycling and public transport. But, particularly in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, we have been left with around 60 year's worth of car dependent suburban sprawl. In quite a few metro areas, the inner city has a great public transport network. Yet once you get out to the suburbs, you're lucky to see a bus every half hour. Services often also start late and end early. As a starting point, should there be more emphasis placed on upgrading suburban bus networks to a 10-minute frequency or better? Better bus networks are less expensive upfront than large extensions to metro and heavy rail systems. And they can prove that demand exists, when it becomes available. What are your thoughts?

An interesting look at where the two major parties stand on transport, ahead of the New South Wales state election on Saturday. "The Perrottet government will push ahead with business cases for four lines to link up with the future western Sydney airport. Labor will only proceed with two, with the Coalition accusing it of deserting western Sydney, an area earmarked for extraordinary residential development in coming years."

Article on the Strong Towns website makes the case for why the top-down urbanism of new stadia and entertainment precincts often fail to deliver on their promises.

He describes it as a "funky, whacky" public transport system.

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What’s the worst thing about cycling or transit infrastructure in your city?
Keen to find out what's the most pressing transit issues in your city? If there were one thing that you could change about the cycling or transit infrastructure in the city you live in, what would it be? In Sydney of late, the reliability of the train network has definitely been an issue. Also, some outer suburban Western Sydney bus services run half hourly or worse during the morning and evening peak, with no nearby rail alternative nearby.

"Well-built, connected bike lanes can be life-changing, keeping people on bikes safe, comfortable and mobile. But in so many cities, what emerges instead is something that feels half-hearted -- disconnected and unprotected lanes that don't keep cyclists safe and don't enable people to truly get around on bikes."

Architect Stewart Hicks recently posted a video about a groundbreaking (for it's time) mixed-use residential development in Chicago.

Greener buildings, barrier-protected cycle lanes and pedestrianised streets are on the agenda in the new masterplan for Maroubra Junction.

His topic is living car-free in Vegas, and other questionable life choices.

Surprising, but true. From the article: "A detailed report has been filed to the transportation committee of the City of London Corporation, the municipal governing body of London’s square mile, which suggests at peak times, people cycling represent 40% of road traffic in the city and 27% throughout the rest of the day." So even in a city as busy as London, it can be done.

“Elon Musk admitted to his biographer that the reason the Hyperloop was announced—even tho he had no intention of pursuing it—was to try to disrupt the California high-speed rail project to get in the way of that actually succeeding.” — @parismarx in Gizmodo

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