GreenWay from Iron Cove to the Cooks River

WalkSydney Members Event: GreenWay from Iron Cove to the Cooks River Presentation by the Inner West Council GreenWay project manager.  Mr Hawken will speak about the completion of the GreenWay from Iron Cove to the Cooks River largely alongside the Light Rail. This is a fully funded project which is anticipated to be complete inContinue reading “GreenWay from Iron Cove to the Cooks River”

Better Transport for Sydney

We asked our Twitter readership what they would do to make transport in Sydney better. Below we synthesise and organise their responses below. Note, no one said “build more motorways”. The general sentiment was to prioritise those making shorter trips, prioritise safety, and prioritise people throughput above all else. We don’t endorse all of theseContinue reading “Better Transport for Sydney”

WalkSydney Gets Results: Whose turn? The strange case of Golden Grove Street and Darlington Road — Resolved

In March 2020 we wrote “Whose turn? The strange case of Golden Grove Street and Darlington Road“. (You can see details there) We are pleased to report that the intersection, which connects the Darlington Campus of the University of Sydney with Newtown, has been improved for pedestrians. There is now a raised pedestrian crossing (aContinue reading “WalkSydney Gets Results: Whose turn? The strange case of Golden Grove Street and Darlington Road — Resolved”

Peter Norton: Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving

On March 12, 2022, (March 11, 2022 where Peter was speaking) Peter Norton talked to WalkSydney, EcoTransit, and Friends of Erskineville … A recording of the talk is here: https://www.facebook.com/walksydney/videos/652985232452991 Bio: Peter Norton is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches history ofContinue reading “Peter Norton: Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving”

A grand bargain

We know that lowering vehicle speeds on residential streets increases safety, reduces traffic, and that low traffic neighbourhoods encourage more people to walk and bike. We know that raising vehicles speeds on motorways will attract drivers from local roads to motorways, may encourage more travel by motorway (and maybe overall), but will increase safety riskContinue reading “A grand bargain”

Erskineville Station Southern Entrance

Dear Lord Mayor, WalkSydney is a community group working to make it easier, safer and more pleasant to walk in Sydney. With a growing population we need to ensure people can easily walk to public transport, local shops and services, and shared transport options. The proposed southern entrance at Erskineville Station provides another opportunity toContinue reading “Erskineville Station Southern Entrance”

Overgrowth: Thinking about 3-Dimensional Pedestrian Paths

One of the quieter issues about walkability is the overgrowth of plants and trees into the footpath. This either narrows the footpath itself, or, if elevated, the walking path, leading one to walk into branches and bushes, or scoot over to avoid them. The footpath is normally treated as a two-dimensional object. That it isContinue reading “Overgrowth: Thinking about 3-Dimensional Pedestrian Paths”

Whose turn? The strange case of Golden Grove Street and Darlington Road

(April 21, 2020) See update below At the intersection of Darlington Road and Golden Grove Street, adjacent to the University of Sydney campus (the route to King Street for those of us in Darlington), drivers seem to believe that the turn (Golden Grove to Darlington, Darlington to Golden Grove) is a through road, and honkContinue reading “Whose turn? The strange case of Golden Grove Street and Darlington Road”

Focusing not on EyeSight, but on the problem and solutions before us.

David McCowen at The Daily Telegraph reports “Subaru helping to save lives with EyeSight technology” on pedestrian-crash-recognising-and-reporting technology that might be deployed in some new cars 5 years! Exclusive: Hit and run fatals are hoped to be reduced by new cars that automatically call an ambulance following a crash. Subaru says its next-generation “EyeSight” driver assistanceContinue reading “Focusing not on EyeSight, but on the problem and solutions before us.”

What can we do about drink (drunk) drivers

The Australian Associated Press writes: Mother ‘forgives’ driver after fatal crash. The newspapers want to emphasise the personal tragedy, which it is. But if we respond as if it could not be avoided, it will be repeated. While stupidity is perhaps innate in the human condition, the likelihood of such crashes can be reduced withContinue reading “What can we do about drink (drunk) drivers”