melbourne transport

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    Thoughts on Melbourne Transport.

    I want to start a thread discussion on Transport, in particular the issues facing Melbourne, since let’s face it, Melbourne has serious issues with vehicle congestion which need to be addressed correctly.
    I’ve travelled around a few European cities and I’m 100% convinced that the solution to transport congestion is public transport and the development of high density LIVABLE inner city communities.
    I also base my theory on the reality based on facts, that the modern City should not be based on the Automobile for transport, as this is a remedy with no future. We have reached a point where it is ridiculous to expect a City to keep growing outwards instead of inwards, everyone’s favourite friend, and foe Paul Keating banged on about this. Rod Eddington's East West Link proposal is so short sighted, which is purley a result of a culture in love with the Automobile, and unable to envisage a solution off the linear trajectory.

    What is needed for Melbourne, if it’s to remain a modern thriving City, is a total rethink of city life. This will require a total restructuring of transport, communities and general infrastructure. What Melbourne needs is a modern public transport network, and restrictions to keep the cars out of the inner city. You can’t have a LIVABLE inner city with cars threatening the lives of the people who live there.
    We need to start changing our perception of FREEDOM. Sure even in the 80’s most people could jump in there car, and get from A to B comfortably i.e window down and cruising. Now the prospect of sitting in traffic jams is an everyday occurrence, we’re not free to go and do what we want any more, if we spend half the day travelling.

    So this is what I propose.

    1. An underground system that is comfortable – air-conditioned, trains come every couple of minutes and stations are no more than 10 minutes walk between each way.
    2. Put sufficient parking in for people using the tube at the end of the line.
    3. Put bicycle lanes in that are separated from the road, a good example is Munich, the bicycle lane is next to the pavement, and separated by a barrier and parked cars from moving traffic. Promote the bicycle as a mode of transport, not just as the latest sports accessory.
    4. Restrict cars in the inner city – congestion charges, need bases etc. This would start to promote the attractiveness of inner city living as it becomes more appreciable to walk and live around your local community.
    5. Start planning the needs of high density living – public areas, not just parks, but city squares that fill the function of places to relax but also places to buy groceries (markets), and socialise. A public park sandwiched in between a busy highway is a pathetic excuse for public space.
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