Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Bicycle Victoria conduct a bicycle count on major cycle routes in March each year called Super Tuesday. The results help with planning for cycling.
The monitored site in Port Melbourne is at the junction of the Bay Trail and the Sandridge Bike Path near the Beacon Cove tram terminus.
The count showed that 259 cyclists went past this point between 7 and 9 am on 2 March.
1,795 cyclists passed through the Swanston/Flinders intersection between 7 and 9 am, a 25% increase on 2009.
To get an overview of cycling in Melbourne, and to look at all the results for Port Phillip and other councils, click here
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The new lights that have been installed are partly powered by the energy generated by the solar panels on the roof of the Sandridge Trugo Club. The new lights are more discreet in appearance, and cast a good light on the path.
The green light poles in the foreground will be re-used at other sites where similar poles have rusted in harsher environments.
In an earlier phase of the project the path was widened to further strengthen its importance as a shared pedestrian and cycle route between Bay St environs and Garden City.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Bullants 13.10  PMFC 12.15 
The Colts were decisively defeated by Spotswood at Murphy's Reserve - see how cold it looks.
Spotswood 28.14  Port Colts 10.12 
How about coming down to the Borough's next home game at North Port Oval at 2pm on 3 July.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
There has been no further notification to the Council about what is planned for that site.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Items of particular interest for consideration include:
- public submissions to the draft 2010-11 budget and draft council plan 2009-13
- return of the 2010 general valuation
- final report on Footpath Trading Review
- proposed road closure of Foote St, Albert Park
- proposed lease agreement to Port Melbourne Football Club Ltd of North Port Oval
To view the whole agenda and supporting reports go to http://portphillip.vic.gov.au/3757.htm
Monday, June 14, 2010
The bikes are extremely comfortable to ride with three gears, lights front and back and a place to prop a briefcase or basket at the front. The wheels are well protected so there is no danger of getting clothes caught in the chain.
We took helmets with us. There was quite a bit of interest in the bikes as we made our way around.
For more on prices, terms and locations go to http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au
To read all about the ship on how it comes to bear this name go to
photo John Bone
Sunday, June 13, 2010
All speakers agreed that there was an urgent need to densify the city to reduce environmental impact. The debate was more about how this was to be achieved.
It set me to thinking about Port Melbourne and the change it has been undergoing for the past twenty years. Imperfect though that change process may have been, Port Melbourne has many of the attributes cited by the speakers as important for sustainability - or as David Owen puts it 'Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less'
- a range of housing sizes and types - family homes to one bedroom apartments
- housing for a range of income levels - public and social housing, private owner occupiers and renters (though a shortage now of affordable housing)
- mixed use - a range of services and facilities available within walking distance
- access to most community services - childcare (though not enough), schools (though needing more)
- public transport - well served by the 109 and the bus along Bay St giving access to the metropolitan public transport network
- open space - a great open space network that is improving in quality year by year
- alternative ways to get around - bike paths, and an improving footpath network
And the ultimate test - people report that they love living here.
Do you share the assessment above?
To watch the lecture and panel discussion go to http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/innovating-the-cities-david-owen/
Friday, June 11, 2010
It is currently working on Todd Road near the Boulevard, where the display shows that the vehicle which has just passed was travelling at 57 kph.
It seems to be news to some drivers that 50 kph is the default speed limit unless otherwise signed.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The edited citation says:
'The proposal is reflective of the terrace typology that characterises large parts of Beaconsfield Parade. The rhythm is expressed architectually through the vertical massing where steel panels are used to notate the dwelling entrances, enhancing sense of address and legibility. ... The apartments to each end of the devleopment activate the corners. The individual dwellings clearly connect with the streetscape, each with an entry at street level. ... The dwelling utilises a balanced mix of natural materials in neutral colours, including stone cladding, timber panels, rendered upstand concrete balconies and zinc cladding.
Overall this is a resolved architectual response with a strong conceptual premise.'
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
'If you were to send a postcard of Port Melbourne to someone, what scene would you use to project Port Melbourne?'
The responses were varied. This is not my preferred image, but I do like that sense of Port Melbourne in the foreground and the city in the background, and the sunset effects on the Rialto.
What image would you choose?
It appears passengers were shaken up with ambulance officers in attendance.
As a consequence, many people were walking into town.
see http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/trams-collide-at-melbourne-city-depot-20100608-xsb7.html for more.
It is the only record of its occurrence between Cape Otway and Westernport Bay.
Zoysia is one of several salt grasses found at the Reserve which recall the time when the Yarra River did not have the shape and form it has today. What is Perce White Reserve today would once have been part of the estuarine opening to the Yarra River - a salty marshy area.
To find out about the other salt grasses found at the Reserve go to
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The carpark will re-open on completion of the project.