Just some quick notes:
Office building loading docks and car parks (and all of these things in general) should have clear sight lines where they cross street-side footpaths, and also where they join the road. That. And vehicles should have forward and rear cross traffic alert systems – that’s probably an easier solution eh.
Also, just observing human behaviour –
You come out of a dark basement car park, straight out into the bright light of Sydney. This is the moment your eyes are adjusting, you’re setting yourself up for the next steps – looking for a gap to turn onto the street, putting your sunnies on against the glaring light. It’s also the moment you’re usually crossing out of the car park and over the street-side footpath. And many have office signs in this area (Mac Park) which block your views up and down the footpath anyway. Pedestrians beware.
Not that walking is particularly comfortable here. It’s flabbergastingly lazy planning. When you almost have a clean slate to start with – the broad scale change of an area – it disgusts me (strong words, I know, but it’s just so wasteful) when it’s done so lazily and wrong. The blocks that these segregated office buildings sit on are huge, the street network is broken and has truly enormous blocks with barely any opportunity to permeate through the area. This makes walking a couple of blocks a nightmare, plus the footpaths are narrow.. an afterthought.. and get this right: obviously the clowncil is doing some bits here and there about this – they’re paving a section of footpath where the WSFM and KISS offices are – big black posh paving stones.. baking in the sun, with no protection from the sweltering heat and glaring light. What idiotic measures. And the expense to lay down a huge swath of pointless posh paving stones, especially when there is very very very little if any benefit.
This points to the idiotic structure of our governmental system – clowncils are too small, state government is too big. I have a borough council system for Sydney which takes ambitious but good measures to correct this imbalance, but since the state government is being kept, it involves power sharing which might get complex.
Sorry for the everywhere-ness of this post – I’m between deliveries at my work. Yes, that’s some of the only opportunity I get to do what I love. Sigh.
Mac Park station – huge expense, shockingly poor integration, highlights the carcentric nature of this area and the waste of poorly integrated infrastructure. Pedestrians are clearly a very distant second here.
More later one day, I have to make this delivery now.
Ciao for now.