ITS Monday: Edition 6, 2023
A small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week, 15-minute cities in the spotlight, e-scooter rollout issues, tree canopies, an Australian-made eVTOL and more.
The article headlines below are:
- What are 15-minute cities and how did they ignite a conspiracy theory?
- ‘Jet-skis of the city’: Why Melbourne’s e-scooter trial is not working
- ‘We are working it out’: E-scooter giant vows to tackle footpath hazard
- One-way streets could be the answer to Melbourne’s congestion problems
- Silent ‘life and death’ risk lurking in electric cars
- Neighbourhood Streets – The Padbury experiment
- Perth tree conference investigates ways to boost city’s dwindling canopy
- Work for car-free Golden Mile in Wellington to start this weekend
- Australia’s ‘most efficient air taxi’ completes its maiden test flight
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a recent series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
This week’s articles
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In a previous edition of ITS Monday we included a story about council meeting being disrupted by conspiracy theorists and the crazy notions of what a smart city is. This article is a primer on what a smart city is, which I’m certain many of you know, but it’s also a backgrounder on how the smart city idea has been appropriated by a small, somewhat noisy group of people.READ THE ARTICLE
Here’s the first in a somewhat paired group of stories, on the somewhat controversial aspects of an e-scooter rollout. The two articles are about Melbourne, but really the place name in interchangeable. It should be first established that this is an opinion piece written by a strong advocate for walking nd pedestrians. That it’s an opinion piece aside, the points made on the issue of insurance are well made.READ THE ARTICLE
Article number 2 on the issues around the rollout of share e-scooters, but this is a news story rather than an opinion piece. It does though mention several of the same issues.
“E-scooter rental giant Lime has promised it can stop customers illegally riding its devices on footpaths if permitted to remain operating in Melbourne after a controversial trial finishes next month.” It begs the question, why wasn’t this done before the trial began, or during?
“Burt-Morris said Lime staff monitored rates of footpath riding during the trial through visual surveys, which showed rates of misuse had fallen. Lime declined to share this data with The Age.” Smells a little like balderdash, As recently as last night I was (again) inches away from being hit from behind as I walked on the footpath. Lime, Neuron, councils … let’s really fix this!READ THE ARTICLE
Apologies, yes another Melbourne-based article, but traffic congestion is a relevant issue in all Australian cities, so please, apply the thoughts and comments here to your locale. “If we rethink the way we use our streets, we can avoid the extreme measures adopted in much of Europe to introduce a congestion tax or to ban cars altogether.”READ THE ARTICLE
Electric cars don’t make a lot of noise, and while that’s a safety issue for all pedestrians, it’s particularly a problem for blind or vision-impaired pedestrians. Interviews here with Blind Citizens Australia president Fiona Woods, staff from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, and Electric Vehicle Council policy head Jake Whitehead.READ THE ARTICLE
“The Padbury Experiment was conducted in the Perth suburb of Padbury to explore the impact of reducing the speed limit on residential roads from 50km/h to 30km/h. The goal of the experiment was to transform roads into streets and create a safer and more liveable community. The intervention was designed to be self-enforcing, using appropriate road and path widths, reducing forward visibility, and speed control devices to ensure that vehicles cannot travel at more than 30km/h.”
Related iMOVE projects: Your Street, Your Say: Better streets for Darebin and Safer cycling and street design: A guide for policymakersREAD THE ARTICLE
Data has shown, of all the capital cities, Perth has the least tree canopy, with less than 20 per cent of its area covered. And it’s a number that is declining.” When you’re talking city liveability, health and wellbeing, that’s not good news!READ THE ARTICLE
The early works to pedestrianise central Wellington streets as part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) have started.
READ THE ARTICLE
Vertiia is an Australian-made, electric, Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and it has just had its first trial flight in the Central West region of New South Wales. More information on the aircraft on the AMSL Aero website.READ THE ARTICLE