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Transport planner ๐Ÿƒ
Posting about news and politics.
Naarm (Melbourne, Aus)

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timrichards, to random
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Ugh I was just a bit rude to a charity cold caller and I feel slightly ashamed. But I really wish they wouldn't call. How can you trust them not to be scammers anyway?

augustusbrown,
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@timrichards If you signup to the Do Not Call Register, theoretically after that all calls are scams.

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Intriguing. | Orcas have sunk another vessel off the European coast. Why won't they stop ramming boats? - ABC News
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-14/why-orcas-are-ramming-boats-and-sometimes-sinking-them/103843932

augustusbrown,
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@timrichards BBC podcast on the topic. Probably still relevant.

https://aus.social/@augustusbrown/111718941381793658

jessta, to melbourne
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"...most intersection are unsafe to have an automatic green man, as pedestrians j-walk and it creates a dangerous situation with possible filtered right turners. A scenario where people see a green man and run to cross the road creates one of the most dangerous situations, with regards to left and right turners.

Studies conducted by VicRoads and the Australian Road Research Board have proven the safety issues with the above."

I contacted VicRoads to ask about making a pointless pedestrian crossing green automatically when it's safe to cross and their response was very telling.

augustusbrown,
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@jessta What's the location?

augustusbrown, to random
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Melbourne's newest hook turns!

This is one of two or three intersections on Grattan Street where hook turns are being installed as part of protected bike lane works.

Hook turns combine previously separated left and right turn lanes into one. The left over space gives room for a bike lane and keeps the through lane clear.

They also improve safety for people walking and riding as the turning movements become much slower reducing the likelihood of left and right turn collisions.

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Nanna keeps buying me steam train books.

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Record high V/Line patronage in March 2024 with 2.16 million trips taken.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/fairer-fares-deliver-huge-savings-first-year

#Edited #SpringSt #GeneralNews

timrichards, to random
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This is my first time on the new Vlocity train to Albury. The seat reservations have their pluses and minuses; I chose a forward-facing seat in a set of four, so that's good.

I miss first class though, nice to have some extra space. Next time I assume I could make use of the $10.60 fare cap and buy two tix next to or across from each other?

Cc @danielbowen

augustusbrown,
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@timrichards @danielbowen Just be aware that unreserved passengers can still board and a vacant seat will be appealing

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NSW Trains and ARTC fined $525,000 combined for 2020 crash that killed driver and pilot. Both companies entered a guilty plea.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-03/melbourne-wallan-train-crash-companies-fined/103661182

#GeneralNews

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The view from Spotswood skyrail is pretty impressive.

augustusbrown, to thailand
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Thailand set to enshrine marriage rights for people of any gender in first for any South-East Asian nation.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-28/thailand-to-enshrine-same-sex-marriage-for-couples-of-any-gender/103642800

#Thailand #GeneralNews

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Oh dear. Your boy looking for trouble.

augustusbrown,
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@timrichards About 15 minutes lates

augustusbrown, to auspol
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augustusbrown, to random
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Well that's one way to resolve the air quality problem.

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This morning I travelled through a strong candidate for Melbourne's worst pedestrian underpass.

Geelong Road at the freight lines at the border of Tottenham and Brooklyn.

Presumably built by the Country Roads Board, which had a strong hatred for non-motorists.

A ramp down into the underpass. It looks a bit like a culvert.
Heavily graffitied underpass. Damp, narrow, low roof.
A dirt path on the other side. Underpass can barely be seen. Desire lines suggest many people cross at-grade over the rail lines instead.

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I wonder how difficult it would be to connect trains to an external power source at Southern Cross Station and switch off the diesel engines? I think that's how planes are handled at large airports. However, much of the concern in this report is in the coach terminal.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-06/melbourne-southern-cross-station-air-pollution-data-revealed/103486852

#SpringSt #GeneralNews

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To be frank, I think it's self defeating to argue for better non-car transport while at the same time convincing everyone that the current system is unusable. It's not turn-up-and-go (which would be great) but it is effective in many areas with some prior planning.

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Talbot Street in Footscray is a pretty good example of smaller trees closely planted providing decent shade for the footpath.

augustusbrown, to Israel
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Dutch court orders Netherlands to stop all exports of fighter jet parts to Israel, citing a clear risk of violations of international law.

https://apnews.com/article/netherlands-court-f35-israel-b33608b054a33fbacc518395b53b74e8

#Israel #Gaza #Netherlands #GeneralNews

augustusbrown, to random
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According to 'Tick Tock' and 'X', eating reheated rice is a death sentence. But it must be a very slow death sentence given my years of eating reheated rice.

augustusbrown, to Bulgaria
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Trump says he would encourage an attack on NATO allies (for example, by Russia) and that he wouldn't come to their defence if he was US President.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/10/trump-nato-allies-russia/

No paywall: https://archive.is/wuqox

#USPol #Trump #NATO #GeneralNews

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Haircut ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿผ

augustusbrown,
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@oscarjiminy I hope I have a little more hair than Tintin, but the curve in the hair might be similar

augustusbrown, to Israel
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Paul Barry on Media Watch has defended Antoinette Lattouf, criticised the ABC's handling of the issue.

https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/lattouf/103428986

#Israel #Gaza #ABC #AusPol #GeneralNews

augustusbrown, to auspol
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Australian Millennial and Gen Z men are more conservative than their female counterparts, but are more progressive than men of previous generations at the same stage of life.

This runs counter to reported trends in other countries, where women have been shifting left โ€œwhile men stand stillโ€.

By Intifar Chowdhury, Lecturer in Government at Flinders University.

https://theconversation.com/australias-young-people-are-moving-to-the-left-though-young-women-are-more-progressive-than-men-reflecting-a-global-trend-222288

#AusPol #GeneralNews

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