A new Orwellian phrase emerges: “congestion crisis”

Via the ABC:

Brisbane commuter Amy Miller has tried every option to get to work faster, but her 14 kilometre journey takes her up to an hour or more regardless of which route she takes.

Ms Miller is not alone with commuters across south-east Queensland spending an increasing amount of time traveling each day, with major roads in the region crawling at speeds as low as 15 kilometres per hour during peak periods.

The congestion crisis has prompted warnings that parts of the state will be in total gridlock in decades to come without significant investment in new infrastructure and a clear plan for the future.

Data released last month from the annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey found commuting times had risen across Australia and people were considering quitting their jobs because of it.

The survey found workers now spend on average 4.5 hours a week getting to and from work — a rise of 23 per cent since 2002.

Sydneysiders have always fared the worst, closely followed by Melbourne, but both are now being chased down by Brisbane, which has blown out by almost 50 per cent in recent years.

‘Every option takes up to an hour’

Ms Miller lives just 14 kilometres from her place of employment and has four alternate routes to work, but traffic congestion and limited public transport mean every option can take her up to an hour or more.

Ms Miller says she is worried it will take her even longer in the future, as the population increases.

The single mother of three leaves home at 7:00am three days a week, to drive from her home at Upper Kedron in Brisbane’s north-west to her part-time job at East Brisbane.

Ms Miller has access to free parking at work, but the cost of the commute is also a big factor in the family budget.

“I do find that petrol is a big expense every week,” she said.

“But I don’t tend to take toll roads or the tunnels just because that would add so much more on to each commute.”

Data from the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) shows Brisbane households spend $19,844 a year on transport — above the national average of $18,277.

An RACQ report found Brisbane’s average petrol price was 141.9 cents per litre in June — more expensive than Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

And short-term off-street parking is the most expensive in the country, with an average hourly fee of $31.41.

Average speeds are slowing: RACQ

Data released by the department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and analysed by motoring lobby group RACQ showed that in June 2019, Sandgate Road at Clayfield was Brisbane’s slowest spot during the morning commute, at 15 kph.

On the Centenary Motorway approaching the Toowong roundabout in the city’s west, the average speed dropped to 24 kph between 6:00am and 9:00am.

Research conducted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) confirmed the trend, showing that average speeds in Brisbane dropped by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2018.

RACQ Head of Public Policy, Rebecca Michael, said average speeds were slower on most major motorways, compared to the same time last year.

“No-one wants to sit in traffic, it’s extremely frustrating,” Dr Michael said.

“Travel speeds outside of those peak periods are also dropping.

“So congestion is no longer just an issue for commuters, it is impacting people all the way across the city at all times of the day.”

Dr Michael said the data showed traffic delays were a worsening problem on the Gold and Sunshine coasts too.

The slowest spot on the Gold Coast in June was High Street at Southport, with morning speeds averaging 15 kph.

On the Sunshine Coast, morning traffic on Aerodrome Road at Maroochydore travelled at an average of 16 kph.

“Where people travel in and around those really popular areas, not only to live but also to visit, we see that congestion is worsening there as well.”

Dr Michael said congestion was having an impact on the economy, with increased freight costs being passed on to consumers.

She said governments needed to plan better for future growth.

“At the end of the day you have to match population growth, and that comes at a cost.”

Top 5 slowest spots in Brisbane (Inbound 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Sandgate Road (Junction Rd to East-West Arterial) 15 kph
Western Arterial Road (Jubilee Terrace) (Elimatta Dr to Simpsons Rd) 20 kph
South Pine Road (Stafford Rd to Samford Rd) 21 kph
South Pine Road (Kremzow Rd to Old Northern Rd) 23 kph
Junction Road (Sandgate Road to Kedron Park Road) 24 kph

Top 5 slowest motorway sections (Inbound 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Centenary Motorway (1.5km South of Toowong roundabout to Miskin St) 24 kph
Centenary Motorway (Dandenong Rd to Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd) 28 kph
Ipswich Motorway (Harcourt Road to Oxley Road) 28 kph
Pacific Motorway (O’Keefe St to Hawthorne Rd) 30 kph
Centenary Motorway (Sumners Rd to Dandenong Rd) 32 kph

Top 5 slowest spots on the Gold Coast (Weekdays 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

High Street (North St to Queen St) 16 kph
Gold Coast Highway (TE Peters Dr to Hooker Bvd) 19 kph
Thomas Drive (Bundall Rd to Elkhorn Ave) 19 kph
Thomas Drive (Elkhorn Ave to Bundall Rd) 19 kph
Southport Nerang Road (Ferry Rd to Gold Coast Hwy) 20 kph

Top 5 slowest spots on the Sunshine Coast (Weekdays 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Morayfield Road (North of Uhlmann road to Torrens Road) 15 kph
Aerodrome Road to Alexandra Parade 16 kph
Anzac Ave (Oxley Ave to Elizabeth Ave) 23 kph
Caloundra Road (Bulcock St to Baldwin St) 23 kph
Maroochydore Route (Walan St to Buderim Ave) 23 kph

Public transport ‘just wouldn’t be doable’

Despite traffic delays and rising costs, lobby group Rail Back on Track (RBoT) says commuters aren’t flocking to public transport as an alternative.

“(Patronage) hasn’t been keeping pace with population increase,” RBoT spokesman Robert Dow said.

“The population’s gone up about 15 per cent over that period, the last ten years, and patronage growth has actually stalled.”

Mr Dow said analysis of TransLink and TMR data shows 181 million trips were taken in SEQ in 2009/10, but that figure declined to 175 million trips by 2012.

Numbers recovered last financial year, with a total of 189 million trips.

“That’s partly because of the new fare structure that was introduced in December 2016 – it was a better deal,” Mr Dow said.

Ms Miller is one of those who doesn’t see the benefit in leaving her car at home.

“(Given) where I live and where I work, it just wouldn’t be doable in a realistic timeframe,” she said.

“I’d have to get trains, or trains and buses, or multiple buses to get to and from work.

“It’s just not something that I can do and be able to leave home at somewhat of a reasonable hour and get home at a reasonable hour for the kids.”

Mr Dow said frequency of services, access to transport nearby and overall journey time were the key to success.

He said discounted monthly and annual tickets should be reinstated, when the State Government rolls out new smart ticketing across Queensland later this year.

“They encourage high use public transport.

“The more people we can get on public transport, the more we ameliorate road congestion.”

Research by the RMIT Centre for Urban Research found that only 12 per cent of Brisbane homes have a public transport stop within 400 metres, where a service runs at least every 30 minutes.

“This means that most people living in Brisbane don’t have a very frequent service that’s easy to get to,” lead report author Dr Lucy Gunn said.

“It makes it inconvenient for people to catch transport.

“If you haven’t got a service that’s coming regularly, then you have to find alternate ways of getting from where you live to where you need to be.”

There is no “congestion crisis”, “infrastructure crisis”, “cracking apartment crisis”, “wages crisis”, “water crisis”, “education crisis”, “Hong Kong crisis” nor “political crisis”.

They are all exactly the same thing. A self-imposed “immigration crisis” that is steadily sinking living standards and the national interest to enrich a tiny number of billionaires in retail and property, such Gerry Hervey and Harry Triguboff.

Comments

  1. Yes, the idea of the Olympics in this neck of the woods is laughable. Anna and Campbell between them have ruined this place. Well do I remember the drama when Joh wanted to develop Southbank after the Expo……the damage now is ten times as bad as anything Joh wanted to do in this area.

      • Tunnels……the bane of modern Brisbane. Should have concentrated on repairing the water mains.

      • @CP – Yes the brief period Sir Joh was in office didn’t provide him sufficient opportunity to do make a noticeable impact on Queensland.

    • The Olympics are now allowed to be in several cities at the same time rather than just one city – just like the FIFA world cup or the ICC world cup.

      They changed the rules in 2014.

      So you can have the swimming in one city, running in another, weight lifting in another, etc.

      Amazing that it took until 2014 for the IoC to realise that flights exist.

    • “The more people we can get on public transport, the more we ameliorate road congestion.”
      If only that was true.

      Here for you & the Brisbane readers is a little taste of what Sydney is like 1 and eventually what’s coming your way in migrant overflow & overload.

      The trains or buses to the Sydney Western suburbs here are already at total overload.

      And “more people we can get on public transport” – what does that really mean?

      ‘More migrant guestworkers’ who pay zero towards the cost of providing public transport infrastructure?
      ‘More people’ crammed onto already filthy overloaded buses & trains?

      I suspect apart from a few, the MB readership has no idea how squalid & congested our trains & buses are.

      Or understanding that the majority of people using our public transport in Sydney out west & south west are third world non citizen migrant guestworkers.

      How can you tell?
      Well they are of third world origin / little or no English hawking up their TB phlegm on the station, shouting in some foreign babble on their phones, and other typical third world anti social or non assimilated behaviours.

      Oh you say – “but that’s just an ‘Australian’ of foreign origin or a recent migrant who now has PR..”

      And they are all using a black opal card.

      That is invariably a non citizen transient temporary resident migrant guestworker TR or TV.

      Any Australian citizen or PR of similar third world origin and appearance will be on a different coloured welfare, student, centrelink or seniors concession card.

      I have never met or seen one (a Australian citizen or migrant PR) who is not on a welfare or a concession.

      Now there must be some – but the ABS & other stats show that it’s rare. The majority of migrants now as citizens or PR are almost double the Australian average in claiming some form of welfare entitlements as a senior, dependent, or low or no income welfare recipients.

      Using their appearance, language, still in their Indian or Chinese foreign clothing, mostly mature adults and then ‘using on black opal card’ as a rough indicator…

      About 60% of the Town Hall highly congested train passengers out to say Bankstown, Liverpool or Leppington (South West & Western Sydney) will be non Australian TR. which correlates exactly to the migrant TR demographic being almost half the people there (1 million of the 1.3 million TR/ SCV in Sydney) and they are third world unskilled poor and are extremely heavy users of public transport.

      Burwoo, strathwoo, auburn, Granville and out west up it then rockets up to about 90%.

      Now when there are no trains – (no night train service to say Leppington or Parramatta ) it gets really unusual.

      Say the 1:30am bus from near town hall CBD out to the far western suburbs.

      This used to be few bogans and drunks out on the town in the CBD then getting the late bus back to far out west..

      Now it’s packed.
      A throng of couple of hundred migrant TR choking the footpath waiting to try & get on.
      No Australians, zero English.
      The poor little Bus is a 40 year old discard from the Northern beaches or somewhere circa 1970’s and choked from the start.

      The Bangla, Nepalese, Pakistani, Indian, Chinese – still in their shelf stacking uniforms or fluoro vests – second or 3rd job all jostling to try & get on the bus – back to their fetid little bunk share squats out west.
      All on the black opal.
      To say it stinks is an understatement.
      Mumbai meets Dhaka meets Guangzhou.
      Anyway – 60 are on the bus before it leaves.

      Spilling into the drivers area, doubled up / sitting in the hand rails & luggage area – standing room only / they would be on the roof or clinging onto the sides if they could as is their custom.

      Little huddle of Bangla and Indians along the way at each bus stop try to get on or have to wait.

      Chinese Hukou peasantry in construction or plastering etc who have working until 1am on some illegal site. Restaurant and service workers.
      Then the Chinese, Viet Taiwan, Thai and Indo vice workers from the suburban brothels in the inner west who haven’t had a good night & they can’t afford the Uber.
      Not one Australian or non third world. No English.
      All black opal.

      And stop /start stop / start as the little bus heads out west dropping off it’s migrant guestworker load – back to the bunk share – while the morning shift will be up at 4am in a mirror of the same.

      Inspectors ? Never.
      First they couldn’t even get onto the bus and it’s so completely overloaded and so full of migrant guestworkers on fake doc & working & living here illegally – it’s must be all too hard.

      Go see for yourself. Try it. 1.30am CBD to out west,
      -/-
      My point.

      The answer is not to pour tens of billions of Australian taxpayer money into even more public transport.

      These people using these services are cash in hand & don’t pay tax.

      Their black opal doesn’t even cover the cost of the driver & diesel.

      It’s the Australian taxpayer that foots the bill.
      To provide the public transport infrastructure and to operate it.

      And for what?
      To provide ‘more public transport services’ to who exactly and why.. even more migrant guestworkers?

      Let’s see a congestion tax and public infrastructure charge in usage to all non Australian citizens & PR.

      A bright purple opal card for all TR and tourer visitors who should pay double or triple $$$ for both the public transport usage, and the cost of providing that public infrastructure.

      Because that’s the root cause of Sydney congestion in public transport, roads, housing & just about everything else.

      We have 1.3 million TR/SCV in Sydney alone – 1 in 4 and 1 million of these non Australia TR/SCV migrant guestworkers are out west.
      Melbourne has a 1 million.
      The other 300,000 migrant guestworker TR / SCV are in Brisbane & other state capitals as a mini me of the same issue.

      The answer is to reduce the migrant congestion overload if we want faster & better public transport.

      And that’s controlling our borders, exiting at least 2 million migrant guestworkers in Sydney & Melbourne & elsewhere – they are only here to live & work illegally.

      Who should never have been allowed into Australia in the first place.

  2. St JacquesMEMBER

    Sooner or later the growing burden of a ponzi leads to instability and inevitable collapse. The so called “congestion crisis” is a clear signal that that is not far away. A little push from an international shock could do the trick. Nothing can save the ponzi now, though it might stagger on zombie like for a while yet as do everything in their rapidly diminishing powers to prop it up.

    • The population ponzi is the fuel which stokes the fire, they will simply accelerate the rate of mass immigration in response to all other indicators turning negative.

      • St JacquesMEMBER

        The system needs high levels of productivity to cover the ever growing costs it’s imposing on the great mass of the population which is under dangerously high levels of debt, but that productivity is nowhere to be seen, nor are the wage rises. So yes, they can keep pumping up the population for a long time, and that way keep increasing demand at the margins, but the burden this is imposing on the great mass of consumers just starts to get too much and their debts are not shrinking or not shrinking fast enough and its they who form up the great mass of demand. If large numbers start to hit their debt limits and going bust or cutting back spending, this could send such a delicately balanced financial set up into shock. I like to point out that the US, Ireland and Spain were all experiencing strong to amazing rates of population growth when their booms tipped over into rapid collapse.

  3. This fool just needs to get a job closer to home! Do I need to spell it out?!

    On a serious note, though, what is it with people and their absolute insistence on driving to work? It’s like it’s a human right or something. They’ve built a fvckload of apartments and new housing along the western rail corridor and these useless pr1cks still insist on getting into their cars every day. It beggars belief. The congestion is literally out of control in this neck of the woods.

    Bring on $150 pb oil — that’ll focus some minds.

    • Because most jobs aren’t in the CBD or along one rail corridoor. People go off to work in all directions which makes public transport often unfeasible.

    • HadronCollision

      for 11 years in melbourne, rain hail or shine, i rode to work, probably 90% of the time, and in the last 4 years 99% of the time.
      usually 20km each way, sometimes more. shortest route in miserable weather 12km. 300km a week commute/train minimum. Hampton->Mulgrave, Hampton/Sandy to SouthMel/Church St Rich.

      assuming the lady in this story is able to ride, she could get an ebike to ease the strain as she gets bike fit

      • I was the same for ages and the benefits are great: keep fit, feel good. save money. And when I wasn’t cycling I was on public transport.

        I just feel that while some have a legitimate reason for driving so many just feel entitled – they’re above public transport or going places under their own steam. We need a recession to change that

      • I do the same and the thing I see is more crazy driving and I’m lucky to be here. I try to be very responsible on the road, but IMO it’s over the tipping point now with the volumes of traffic. Melbourne at 8M will be a no go for most cycling probably.

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        Agree afund, Melbourne car drivers and their anger/impatience is out of control. I’m seriously considering getting out of the road saddle completely, keep the bike just for races. I had a car deliberately driven at me recently because I took the lane at a pinch point. Had blaring horns and tailgating today for doing the same thing at a roundabout.

        Time to become a mountain/trail rider.

      • @MB .. I was working in Newcastle a few weeks ago for two weeks and did some mountain biking, but I was a danger to myself at Glenrock. I’m sticking to my road bike for the moment. I’m pretty frustrated at the congestion as a driver and a rider, and I can see myself moving out of Melbourne. I’d do it tomorrow, but still have a daughter to take care of. I get out of Melbourne and ride when ever I can.

    • Caught a bus or train lately. The myriad of smells that go with the overcrowding and myopic fvckers who can’t walk straight in winter is just bearable. In Summer it’ll be just swell. But, I should really be grateful for the vibrancy I suppose.
      This is in Sydney, not sure what Brisvegas is like, but look to Sydney and Melbourne to see your future.

      • We’re not there yet. Trains are perfectly civilised still. Mind you I spent many years commuting in London so I could pretty much handle anything.

      • I called someone out for eating boiled eggs on the tram. The peasant even had his own pepper shaker. 8 am on a packed tram. It took great restraint not to go off on a tirade.

    • @Dom, ride a bike myself, but I think if kid 1 needs to be somewhere at 8 am and kid 2 needs dropping off at 3.30 and picked up at 5, and there’s a bit of shopping in between and what the hell else, then you drive.

      • Definitely. And I get that. But I drive against this traffic very often because I get up early to run kids to their sports training for 6.30/7.00/8.00 etc and on the return home I can see the occupants of each vehicle — less than a third would be doing the school run, the rest are dressed for the office (single, some dual vehicle occupancy).

        Don’t get me wrong — I realise the cure for congestion, is congestion. Eventually people get so p!ssed off they move away, change jobs, invest in some roller skates, whatever. But in the meanwhile it is frustrating having to live your life waiting for the penny to drop.

    • A higher oil price will not reduce car use.

      The serfs will simply switch to hybrid cars.

      Brisbane needs a congestion charge – especially on foreigners.

      • Can you imagine the outcry from the intelligentsia at the ABC and academia if you were to charge foreigners more. Rayciss!

        A congestion charge would be controversial — like I said, driving a vehicle to work is a God-given right for most. Added to which, a congestion charge:
        – means only the wealthy get to drive into town (discrimination!)
        – just causes more congestion around the periphery of the zone, so that needs to be managed.

        It’s simple, we need a brutal recession – shake out a few weak hands.

      • @ Dominic

        you don’t need to be inteligenzia to aptly name the extra charges to foreigners what they are.
        But also, where do you draw the line in decision whom is a foreigner and whom is not?
        1999?
        2015?
        18 January 1788?

    • Agreed – I walk to work – about 3k, takes me 30 minutes. If it rains I take the bus, depending on when it arrives it is also about 30 minutes. [obviously the bus is quicker than walking but on average the bus is not there when you arrive and you have to wait ~10 mins]

    • Dominic, NSW recently put a land tax on foreigners and there are no massive protests against it.

      Most people in NSW do not use public transport – I think there will be no massive protest against charging foreigners $40/day for a Sydney train ticket. Foreigners can not vote, so there can be no backlash at the ballot box.

  4. Coincidentally, I live 14km from my workplace and drive to work because public transport was infeasible before, and is now even more so after the ACT gubmint recently “optimised” the bus network and made it much more “efficient”. Lol. It takes me about 20-25 minute to get to work. If I left at 7am it would take me about 18 minutes.

    Canberra is a hell hole full of desperate people. Avoid it like the plague, or clichés.

  5. Jumping jack flash

    ‘“But I don’t tend to take toll roads or the tunnels just because that would add so much more on to each commute.”’

    Aha! There’s the problem.
    The traffic is bad, but not so bad as to use privately owned infrastructure to alleviate it.
    This is just the “intense whinging” phase.

    It’ll get bad enough in a few more years for the existing private infrastructure to be used.

    And then after that hits capacity, another PPP will create another tunnel or something with even more exorbitant tolls… everyone will baulk:
    “How expensive is that new tunnel?”
    “Oh yes, I never use it, it takes me an hour to get to work!”
    “Oh you martyr, you”

    and then after a while things will get that little bit worse so it becomes justifiable.

    rinse and repeat.

    • St JacquesMEMBER

      Except wages, and people are finding that little extra is getting harder and harder to afford as all essesntials, including transportation, just keep ramping up and they cut and cut their dicretiionary spending undermining demand. The whole debt laden system becomes fragile, vulnerable to shocks.

      • Jumping jack flash

        ooh yes it does.

        And it is guaranteed that the private owners of this infrastructure get greedy and require more debt so they continuously raise tolls and fares so they can capture more revenue and therefore more profit, and then raise their own wages to obtain more debt/keep up with gouged living costs/etc/etc.

  6. Personally I look at the numbers of people who insist on driving to work in Brisbane and just shake my head. Is this “free carpark” fixated in her mind ? If she is driving down Waterworks Road every day she needs her head examined. And as for lack of public transport, there is a train station one suburb over from her.
    The council should reduce the public transport charges by 80% and compensate by jacking up personal car registration costs to counterbalance it. More cars off the road, then she could also opt for buses ……………… then I see Dominic’s post is similar

  7. They are all exactly the same thing. A self-imposed “immigration crisis” that is steadily sinking living standards and the national interest to enrich a tiny number of billionaires in retail and property, such Gerry Hervey and Harry Triguboff.

    there is a mistake here – can’t see the forest for the trees – this is not “immigration crisis” but “speculative economic crisis” where immigrants are used only to delay the inevitable – ultimate implosion of living standards
    it’s not about retail, property, … it’s about debt and only debt
    immigrants don’t contribute much to the economy by spending or working, they are needed to get credit
    an immigrant that earns $100k, pays 30% in taxes, saves 20% is not contributing at all but one that makes $50k and gets $500k mortgage after 2 years living here is saving our ponzi economy

    once ponzi economy implodes living standards will get real hit because 80% of Australian live beyond their means
    and than crowd in the morning will not matter for many because there is not going to be a job to get to

    • Ms Miller’s 14 km ride would be far from easy. Many of the roads on her commute were formerly two lane roads, now converted to extra lanes. Some of these roads were not widened, they just squeezed in the extra lanes and removed the shoulder. Riding on these roads at anytime would be a recipe for a short life. Many of Brisbane’s so-called bike lanes are just painted lines within a normal mixed traffic lane. They are a pathetic joke.

      • The Horrible Scott Morrison MP

        Crowding cyclists so they can’t weave through traffic is a favourite sport of mine. You get extra points for forcing them to a complete standstill behind a parked car. This makes them realise that they’ve dressed up like complete t1ts for no good reason.

      • HadronCollision

        An alt route nearby, perhaps. I remember my ride from Bayside Melbourne out to Mulgrave was on arterial roads (admittedly many with bike lanes) – much of them dangerous using the most direct route. And so I constructed some rat run work arounds. 45m by bike. 30-35 by car.

    • HadronCollision

      Is that you climbing lama?
      30 mins if bike fit and reasonably flat/not many traffic lights

    • Not a good example of traffic congestion as it is going through the city core where the traffic is normally high and the suburb is poorly connected (almost no alternatives) but nonetheless the problem is there.
      Train is also sh1te as it takes 25 stops and no limited stop trains like Sydney has (trains from far away stop only at few major stations as they approach the CBD

  8. 14 kms in 1 hour? Lucky!

    I live 6.5 kms from Melbourne CBD, where I currently work – takes me 1 hour either by train or tram.
    Once winter is over I shall continue to ride to work which takes 25 mins.

    • HadronCollision

      Srs questions (not snark)
      Are you able to bike/run/walk?
      Showers at work? (irrelevant if ebike)

      • New facilities at work allow for showers / lockers etc. To be honest if they hadn’t installed these I would have changed jobs.
        90% of my bike route is along bike paths which is handy (along river).

  9. The Horrible Scott Morrison MP

    Why spend an hour commuting 14km to an office job when you could make a fortune lying on your back at home?

  10. If you are 14km from work you should ride a bike, though in Brisbane does require a bit of planning to avoid Bogans in utes. I can ride 35km to work quicker than public transport, though that isn’t saying much because the PT network in Brisbane is being hamstrung by bureaucracy and infighting between QR, BCC and Translink. If the State Government grew a pair, took control, and pulled QR and BCC into line, SEQ could have quite a good network, but alas we have bus routes competing with trains, very bad connections and operators who pad their timetables to ensure revenue based on performance measures that do nothing to benefit the travelling public. Add to that the roads have traffic lights that add a bunch of extra sequences for turning traffic that are not needed in the first place but still fire when there are no vehicles needing them. How about we get rid of those loops in the road and make the traffic signals a bit more intelligent as well.

  11. I used to commute 15km to work by bike. Nice way to start the day, most of the time. That was in Melbourne though – I can see why people opt for an air-conditioned car in muggy Brisbane! I s’pose an e-bike would give you enough breeze to cool down though🤔.

    • It depends where you live but there are some very decent bike networks around making it pretty easy to get to and from. I guess people just insist on their old routines.

  12. Biking is fine for enthusiasts. I imagine scenes like Beijing circa 1975 in our near future. Wealthier people could use motor bikes (ah the luxury)

  13. ‘Every option takes up to an hour’

    lol, I wonder how many Sydneysiders just logged in to Seek > Brisbane metro after reading that?

  14. Jevons ghostMEMBER

    Its hard to get politicians (and their hangers-on) to understand how to work best for their constituents when their kickbacks depend on their not working for their constituents. (with apologies to Upton Sinclair)

    • Not sure that would do much for immigration but it would certainly give bike sales a boost — or skateboards.

  15. I still can’t believe they didn’t make the tram up there from Surfers stops 2/3 of the way to Coolangatta airport. If there were two points you’d build a tram to on the GC, Coolangatta aiport to Surfers are a no-brainer.

  16. Trout à la Crème

    It’s amazing how much Brisbane has changed by crush loading in the past five years, let alone fifteen years.

    • Exactly. More people = more infrastructure. We just need to plan better comes the shriek from the demographers and virtuous pollies and bureaucrats.
      hmm, how about you stop importing the third world you trough dwelling cvnts.

  17. For those advocating cycling, just remember that not all men are blessed, like you, with the tiny testes required for that activity.