Topic archives: VISTA

Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?

Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?

March 21, 2018 3

Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult

How safe is cycling on city roads?

How safe is cycling on city roads?

September 19, 2017 7

The likelihood of suffering a serious injury while cycling on urban roads is extremely low, but it seems our tolerance for risk is even lower

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

August 16, 2017 1

We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it's mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit's strengths lie elsewhere

A fantasy cycling map for inner Melbourne

A fantasy cycling map for inner Melbourne

May 22, 2017 5

Here's master mapmaker Adam Mattinson's vision of what a high quality cycling network could look like in an Australian city. At present, unfortunately, it's sheer fantasy

Does Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ work for secondary school trips?

Does Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ work for secondary school trips?

June 8, 2016 8

If Malcolm Turnbull’s idea of the 30-minute city is going to work anywhere it should work for traditionally local trips like getting to high school, shouldn't it?

How big is the “transport divide” between inner and outer suburbs?

How big is the “transport divide” between inner and outer suburbs?

June 1, 2016 5

The “transport divide” between the inner and outer suburbs assumes time spent travelling increases significantly with distance from the city centre. But does it?

Do dark tinted car windows look cool to cyclists?

Do dark tinted car windows look cool to cyclists?

May 3, 2016 1

The bicycle is already a serious mode of urban travel but riders are vulnerable in traffic - the fashion for very dark tinting of car windows threatens the potential of cycling

How important is public transport?

How important is public transport?

April 20, 2016 10

New data provides valuable and possibly surprising insights into how Australian city dwellers use public transport and its potential to change the nature of urban travel

How important is cycling in Australian cities?

How important is cycling in Australian cities?

April 11, 2016 5

New data shows cycling is already much more important than policy-makers recognise. More trips are made by bicycle on a weekday in Melbourne than are made by either tram or bus

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

April 6, 2016 6

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

How safe is cycling on roads in Australian cities?

How safe is cycling on roads in Australian cities?

April 4, 2016 3

Cycling on roads in large cities like Melbourne is much more likely to get you killed than driving, but the risk is still extremely low and the individual and social benefits are high

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

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

March 23, 2016 6

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

Does getting to work take way too long?

Does getting to work take way too long?

July 14, 2015 5

Bill Shorten's claim that most workers spend excessive time traveling to work by car isn't true. The key issue isn’t time; it's how many kilometres workers commute and what mode they use

Peak demand for road and rail: Is that all there is?

Peak demand for road and rail: Is that all there is?

May 28, 2013 13

The pressure for infrastructure expansion is in large part a response to a very short and sharp period of peak demand. Managing demand better could minimise inefficient investment

How many students cycle to school?

How many students cycle to school?

July 2, 2012 13

It sounds shocking to those with rosy memories of their school days, but only a very small proportion of school children use a bicycle today as their main means of getting to school. In Melbourne, just 2.7% of primary school children and 2.7% of secondary school children ride to school. It’s as high as 5.8% […]

Are public transport trips longer (than car trips)?

November 28, 2011 6

I’ve frequently mentioned that trips by public transport in Melbourne are longer on average than those by car. The exhibit above illustrates that difference using data from the Department of Transport’s VISTA data base. It shows the length of non-work trips in Melbourne by private vehicles versus public transport. For all practical purposes, it’s cars […]