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Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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An Accumulation of links for urbanists

Including America’s most bikeable neighbourhoods, love trains, lost buildings, world’s most expensive train station, breakthrough technologies, and are shopping arcades the new laneways?,…

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Acts of (non) random kindness on trains

There’s plenty to complain about with cities but sometimes it’s refreshing to think about the positive things. In this project, train travellers are invited to report acts of kindness given and received

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Is improving public transport really this easy?

Fairfax contributor John Legge has a $35 billion vision for the future of public transport that’s proving popular with readers. Sadly, it’s not that simple.

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Is public transport winning the battle for commuters?

New Census 2011 data released yesterday shows public transport is on the rise for commuting and driving is waning. But there’s no guarantee the change will be sustained.

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What is public transport?

The draft report of Alan Fel’s Taxi Industry Inquiry released last week, Customers First, has a section (p64) discussing whether or not taxis are regarded as public transport. That might sound like it’s only of academic interest, but it has important policy implications. The Inquiry concludes they aren’t: The inquiry considers that taxis are not [...]

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Does public transport offer enough privacy?

There are many ways to measure the immense improvement in standard of living enjoyed by western countries over the millennia (although most especially over the last two hundred years). I think an important indicator – with implications for city managers – is the greater demand for physical privacy that comes with rising incomes. Much attention [...]

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Should public transport be free?

My post on fare evasion last week prompted a number of commenters to suggest that public transport should be made free. Roads are free, the argument goes, so the idea that public transport should also be free is obvious. It would eliminate fare evasion as an issue, increase patronage, reduce car use and benefit lower income [...]

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Are Melbourne’s trains really this bad?

The amazing thing about this footage is that it was filmed only yesterday at Montmorency on the Hurstbridge rail line. The truly shocking thing is apparently this section of track was upgraded to concrete sleepers last year. It was uploaded to Youtube by Rocketboy 1950, who says: I shot this footage on the Hurstbridge line [...]

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Do we want cars in the city centre?

I’ve noted before that only 30% of commuters who work within the Hoddle Grid – i.e. the area bounded by Spring, Flinders, Spencer and La Trobe streets – drive to work. However only a block or two beyond the city rail loop, the share of work trips taken by car increases steeply to 50-60%, and [...]

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