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How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

Alan DaviesApr 27, 201614 Comments

City managers aren't doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they'll be ready to use on public roads very soon - as autonomous buses and trams

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

Alan DaviesMar 23, 20166 Comments

The duration of the average work-related trip in Melbourne is consistent with other large world cities in developed countries but the average doesn't show there's considerable variation by mode

How much do inner city residents love their cars?

How much do inner city residents love their cars?

Alan DaviesMar 10, 20169 Comments

Even in the dense, congested and walkable inner city suburbs of Australian cities, car ownership rates - and consequently the demand for parking - are remarkably high

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Alan DaviesFeb 18, 201652 Comments

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities is welcome. Now he needs to come to grips with the painful reality of how ineffectual most of the fashionable urban policy prescriptions are

Will ever-bigger fines stop trucks smashing into rail bridges?

Will ever-bigger fines stop trucks smashing into rail bridges?

Alan DaviesFeb 3, 201610 Comments

Trucks always seem to be hitting overhead rail bridges causing disruption and endangering other road users. But ever-bigger fines aren't likely to do much to address the problem

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Alan DaviesFeb 1, 201628 Comments

Politicians like to give the impression they're taking action to prepare our cities for growth but it's mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

Alan DaviesDec 18, 20156 Comments

'River may be dammed for new tollway' says The Age. Either Victoria's Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?

What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?

Alan DaviesDec 9, 201513 Comments

If our cities are going to benefit from the transformative potential of autonomous vehicles, we need to start building a consensus now that they should be implemented strictly as shared vehicles

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

Alan DaviesAug 25, 20157 Comments

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation's capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

Alan DaviesAug 24, 20157 Comments

The standard of public debate around infrastructure projects seems to be constantly beset by misinformation around costs and revenues; there's little to suggest it's going to get better