ITS Monday: Edition 34, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Again this week there is a strong focus on active transport. This is a good thing, as it’s not an area (yet!) in which we have many projects happening. But we have quite a good amount of talk about the topic, particularly in our series, Meet Smart Mobility Experts.
Included this week: Signs for automated driving, public transport and COVID, pedestrian-friendly streets, a new bike bridge and more.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new 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!
Now, scroll down, and see what’s in this week’s edition. Oh, and before you do, be sure check out the quickest way to receive our new content via the subscription box just below …
This report, downloadable from the link, is the result of Austroads’ research describing the technical criteria that can improve the readability of electronic signs by Traffic Sign Recognition systems, which is key to the effective operation of vehicles with automated driving and advanced driver assistance.READ THE ARTICLE
We’ve already collected a few of these types of articles in ITS Monday, and I expect we will collecting a few more as the reaction and fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This article from The Age uses recent Melbourne data, and includes comments from Graham Currie at Monash University.READ THE ARTICLE
Staying in Melbourne (I swear there’s no hometown bias here, I merely clip interesting pieces as I find them!), this from The City of Melbourne’s plans for streets such as Flinders Lane, Little Collins, Little Bourke and Little Lonsdale. ‘At the City of Melbourne, pedestrian safety is one of our top priorities, …. that’s why people walking on the Little streets now have right of way over vehicles and bikes, and we’re also reducing the speed limit.’READ THE ARTICLE
An interview with Margie McKay, the Team Leader Urban Design and Design Review at City of Melbourne, in which she discusses the Melbourne Transport Strategy 2030.
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Yes, I know, Melbourne again. But the article is good, and I do think there is a kind of universalness to these thoughts, issues, and (possible) solutions. ‘Health promotion agency VicHealth is applauding Victorian councils for creating pop-up cycle lanes and footpaths, so locals can easily travel by bike or foot when coronavirus restrictions ease.’READ THE ARTICLE
And we move away from Victoria, and cross the continent to Western Australia. This ‘new bridge will be constructed west of the Causeway, connecting Victoria Park with the CBD via Heirisson Island and will feature boomerang-shaped pylons.’READ THE ARTICLE
This is an article with an ominous title, and an equally ominous opening sentence: ‘For the last 70 years, American transportation planners have been using the same model to decide what to build. There’s just one problem: it’s often wrong.’READ THE ARTICLE