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”
This map (click link for Zoomable Google Map) may of interest to anyone looking for a long walk. It was assembled by a group called The Walking Volunteers. Happy hiking.
As it was hot last Sunday, family and friends chose another hike around water; this time it included both the sea and harbour. We took the ferry to Rose Bay for our afternoon ramble and chat. The toddler and carer stayed at Rose Bay to play. Another group member separated midway to take the ferryContinue reading “Rambling on a Sunday”
Walking is entertaining when you go and do it. Sundays, freedays, are perfect for family and friends to poke around a neighbourhood. There are so many possibilities in Sydney to see scenery and nature on a Sunday amble. I suggest taking the ferry somewhere; here we started at Taronga Zoo. I’m most fond or aContinue reading “Sunday Ambling”
Working from home in Wolli Creek, an intensively redeveloped suburb where 97% of residents also live in apartments, I can see a large green area – a combination of Waterworth Park, Gough Whitlam Park, and other smaller reserves in the low-rise suburb of Undercliffe. From my window it’s 250m to Waterworth Park – how convenient!Continue reading “Wolli Creek, the Cooks River, and the case of the missing bridges”
Published in The Conversation, reposted here: You are walking east on a footpath and come to an unmarked intersection without traffic signals. A vehicle is driving north, across your path. Who has right of way in Australia? Should you step into the road expecting the vehicle to slow down or stop if necessary? Is theContinue reading “Why Australian road rules should be rewritten to put walking first”
The Great West Walk, a 65km section of Sydney’s walking network linking Parramatta and Penrith, is being launched with an Inaugural walk over five days from Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th October. The full walk is being undertaken by members of the Walking Volunteers and other walkers are being encouraged to join the Volunteers onContinue reading “Inaugural Great West Walk Wianamatta Regional Park”
The Sydney Morning Herald presents an opinion that It’s futile and yet police persist in fining jaywalkers. This is our sad reality, pedestrians, who cannot of themselves do much damage, are fined, while cars, which can kill in the blink of an eye, proceed unscathed. The stated argument for criminalising “jaywalking” (not an actual crime, butContinue reading “Pedestrians are Fine, Don’t Fine Pedestrians”
If walking is to regain precedence as a viable and enjoyable way of getting about in Sydney, authorities have to make walking networks a reality. Here is a visual critique of the most used walking route between Glebe Point and the City Centre via Pyrmont Bridge. This is a path that is shared between cyclistsContinue reading “Walking from West to the City Centre in Sydney”
Doing nothing is easier than making constructive change. So credit must be given to Waverley Council for taking action on unsafe Notts Avenue in Bondi. The problems with this street were outlined in this earlier post. This street sees over a million people travel along it each year: around 99% are walking and around 1%Continue reading “South of Bondi Beach – Part 2”
Do you think that there is something wrong with this picture? For me, a potential collision is imminent. Is the pedestrian crossing target practice for the drivers brake testing? NSW road rule 81 deals with giving way at a pedestrian crossing. Despite the requirement that a driver must give way to any pedestrian on aContinue reading “Pedestrian crossing”
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Sydney is fortunate to have some amazing drawcard venues for tourists, that are also much appreciated by the locals. It is puzzling that we spend millions on marketing, yet invest little in accessing them. One example of poor access is next to the major visitor destination of Bondi Beach. Right at the south end theContinue reading “South of Bondi Beach”
Hospitals, in addition to providing health care to patients, employ a sizeable workforce, may have numerous students particularly if they are large public teaching hospitals, and receive many visitors. Given this, they generate significant demand for travel. Hospitals are also the most visible and largest component of the health system and are in prime positionContinue reading “Walking to the hospital”
Travel Time Platform is a website that lets users draw Isochrones, areas which can be reached in a given amount of time (Iso from the Greek for same, chronos for time). I have used it to draw a time radius. Here we show a 30 minute walking time from the Seymour Centre (near the WalkSydneyContinue reading “Map Monday: Isochrones and the Thirty-Minute City”
I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of suburban Sydney, where I can walk out my front door, up the driveway, continue on down the road and enjoy the wonders of nature. My walk takes me along pavements and road verges, across streets that are fairly safe to navigate, along bush tracks andContinue reading “My favourite local walk”