Victoria Police Chief and support for cyclists

Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner, Key Lay, has cut through a frequently used counter argument by motorists that cyclists don't pay for the roads they ride on.  As reported in The Age today, Ken Lay quashes the motorists supercilious argument by stating "Our roads are paid for by our taxes and rates".  In reality he's pointing out the bleeding obvious, however finally we have some real leadership.

This is leadership that ought to be applauded far and wide given the confusion which appears to be prevalent amongst Melbourne's motorist majority.

Roads pre-date the existence of the automobile and public purse money was used to build the original road and street networks.  The only thing that has changed markedly since is the increase in revenue raised from vehicle registration.

Only the most blinkered motorist would believe the revenue raised through private passenger vehicle registration in Victoria would pay for all operational expenditure and capital expenditure on roads.  The PTUA has a good write up on this very topic.

How many times have you heard a politician lump the word "road" into the same sentence as "investing in transport infrastructure"?  They do it all the time.  They also, frustratingly, only seem to focus on "rail" as the Public Transport mode worthy of investment as well.

This road versus rail mindset is what many politicians like to avoid because they believe "balance" is the right way forward for transport investment, yet none of them - not at least from what I can remember - have ever truly espoused the benefits of truly balancing the way we use the largest amount of public space in our cities: the roads.

Our roads are overused by single occupant private vehicles - for reasons that have been discussed ad nauseam both on UM and elsewhere - however it's the guerilla "get-off-my-road-cyclist" public attitude which some of these motorists have that needs to be addressed.

Ken Lay, thank you.

See the original Age article and video here.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.