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Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don’t have a right to the roads?

Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don’t have a right to the roads?

Very few motorists are actively hostile toward cyclists, but many more don't see them as legitimate or equal road users. There's a role for government in helping to change negative attitudes

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

It'll probably make sense one day, but the promised $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop is the wrong project at this time. There are much higher priorities. The Andrews government should be helped to back away from this careless and cynical commitment

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Although there’s never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia's capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer

Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

For the last 14 years car travel in Melbourne grew slower than both population and public transport travel, but it's still increasing in absolute terms

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

The Rail Futures Institute’s Melbourne Rail Plan is the sort of comprehensive metropolitan plan that the Government's failed to release, preferring instead to pull out ad-hoc projects just before the next election

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Progressives and public transport advocates should be calling the Andrews government out on its nakedly political suburban rail "loop" ploy, not falling for it. There's a much better alternative that could deliver real benefits

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

The Andrews government's planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy

Is Melbourne the new New York?

Is Melbourne the new New York?

The Age's comparison of the density of Melbourne's CBD with the density of New York City might massage the prejudices of its readers, but it's rubbish

What can we learn from oBike’s demise?

What can we learn from oBike’s demise?

It promised a lot, but this month oBike walked away from Melbourne after just one year. The key problem was the same one faced by all forms of cycling in Australian cities

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Heritage Victoria's recommendation to list Melbourne’s Festival Hall on the state Heritage Register highlights the shortcomings of the current approach to heritage