trains from Perth past midnight on a Friday = fail.

1 09 2008
drunk and pissed off.

drunk and pissed off.

arriving from the 00:00 train from fremantle, knowing there would be no buses, but didn’t expect a 36 minute wait for the clarkson train. and then — cuz no buses — another 25min walk. ~2 hrs total. pathetic.

here’s two media statement releases on Friday 29 August that I have had nothing to do with, obviously.

29 08 2008

Green’s Ocean Reef candidate on public transport, car dependency, and petrol price vulnerability. CSIRO released a study in June 2008 that included scenario modelling of $8 a litre by 2018. It’s coming peoples.

Sustainable Energy Now release calling for strong support for sustainable renewable energy solutions from all parties to the 2008 WA State election. Hear hear. [Direct link to the release.]

City of Stirling: transport report

15 08 2008

I will actually post non-uni-work at some point…

This is another report originally written for Cities & Sustainability. It looks at the City of Stirling Local Government Area (LGA) in inner Northern metro Perth, with a focus on transport patterns and proposing sustainable transport alternatives, including light rail, transit oriented development (TODs), traffic calming, pedestrianisation, etc.

To be clear, this is university course work only and none of the suggestions are realistically costed in any way.

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Also, this is further text written for a slight variation on this paper, looking at social and cultural sustainability in the same area.


Community cohesion and support of cultural diversity

Closely related to cars is the role of streets and the built environment in nurturing communities. For thousands of years the street was an integral part of peoples’ ‘home territory’, the ‘extended sense of home’, providing a strong sense of place (Engwicht 1999, 13-4). That territory has been dramatically eroded by the car, so much so that traffic now  invades even our psychological space (pg. 15).  The dual purpose of streets as movement space and as space for social exchange — of goods, friendship, knowledge, culture, work, education, emotional and spiritual support, or wisdom (pp. 19, 33) — has been lost in too  many areas.

Streets engender this dual role when they are used for walking, cycling, and public transport (which is shared); car-based movement-only space is simply wasted (Engwicht 1999, 19, 21-2).

The streets as public space — as place — allows the spontaneous social exchanges that are fundamental to the creative life of a city, to citizens’ personal development and well-being, to equity of access, democracy, and economic prosperity. Car traffic — as a mobile ‘privacy capsule’ — denies that spontaneity and instead forces only planned exchanges (Engwicht 1999, 25-7).

Reclaiming and redesigning streets for people thus has great impact in building and maintaining communities.

Engwicht, D. 1999. Chapter 1: Robbed Blind – Taking Stock of What Has Been Stolen. In Street Reclaiming. Creating Liveable Streets and Vibrant Communities. Annandale, NSW: New Society Publishers.

The long road to nowhere

14 08 2008

This is a paper originally written for Cities & Sustainability in semester 1 2008 (in Murdoch’s sustainability school). It’s something of a polemic, but I don’t apologise for that; not the least because Perth is one of the most car dependent cities on Earth.

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You can watch crude price here — it’s pretty confusing, but usually ‘the price of oil’ is referring to the NYMEX crude future (for delivery in a few months time).