Saturday, August 17, 2019

Be alert in Canberra

While not so large, Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It was designed by the great world architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century. His design included trams but tram lines in Canberra were never built, but there is now a newly built tram line in Canberra.

I've seen quite a number of tram near miss videos. I prefer videos of tram collisions, nearly always with cars where car drivers have done wrong. Generally alarmist videos of near tram collisions are very weak, with no real danger. But this video of the new Canberra tram line is not alarmist. There are some very near misses and occasions where the tram driver had to brake hard. I think the worst was the high viz bloke towards the end of the video. This should work, but I don't think it will.


Try this.

20 comments:

  1. Both videos worked.
    Sadly two pedestrians have both now had forceful acquaintances with trams. The police are now fining jaywalkers - at the intersection where the collisions (both of them) happened. Both men reportedly had their headphones on and the tram is quiet. However I often see people walking about town engrossed in their phones who have managed to avoid being skittled by cars.

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    1. EC, I did hear of one, the most recent I think. Strangely surveys and statistics say it is rare that people engrossed in their phones when out and about put them selves in danger. At worst, they may not see trouble coming when a motorist or whoever does wrong.

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  2. interesting videos love thx

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  3. Wow - so many inattentive walkers, drivers and bikers - good thing the tram driver in each case was on the ball.

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    1. Jenny, as in Melbourne, the tram drivers are super skilled at avoiding people and cars.

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  4. Both videos worked.
    Toronto could write a book about people and drivers and their confrontations with our streetcars.
    This was the latest.
    https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/06/10/streetcar-derailment-closes-stretch-of-university-avenue/

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    1. Wow Jackie, that must have been a very hard hit to derail the tram so badly.

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  5. Ding ding!
    Ding ding!

    a polite way for tram weighing 900 tonnes to suggest stupid people stay out of the way.
    earbuds on pedestrians near traffic could be outlawed like cellphones on drivers are.

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    1. Ann, some have horns now too. My father used to say the tram always rang its bell before it hit you.

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  6. Both videos played so I got to see the near misses twice. People are so careless, yet so shocked when they have an accident.

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    1. River, I don't know over what period the incidents occurred but if they happened within a few days, there is a serious problem.

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  7. No politicians were harmed during filming, damn it.

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  8. This is a wonderful reminder to remain diligent in every instance to avoid being put on video! Hugs, RO

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  9. It's hard to believe neither the cars or pedestrians were aware of such a huge force hurtling towards them 😱

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    1. Grace, while trams don't make a lot of noise, they are hardly silent. If I have earbuds in when out, I only put one it so that I can hear what is happening around me.

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  10. That was exciting and well done, especially where the tram horn is faded in, from the music. Yikes.

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