Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Seclections

Joining in with Elephant's Child and River often joins in along with others.

Textures, colours, surfaces, there is quite a variety at the rear of the main Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology buildings. 


Lime electric bikes have arrived in Melbourne. Lime was in Auckland, then banned and now reinstated. It may have been electric scooters in Auckland rather than electric bikes.


Smoking inside commercial premises was banned in the 1980s. Why are there still these signs? Everyone knows you can't smoke inside and your outside options can be limited too and I would guess overseas travellers would even pick up that no one smokes indoors in Australia. Perhaps outside needs some explaining.


Most car and tram crashes are caused by cars attempting an illegal U turn in front of trams. To the right of the cars is a tram track and hello, you need to check your mirror to see if a tram is thundering along the tracks.


A wharf just east of Queensbridge Street I had never noticed before. In the mid ground is the old St Kilda and Port Melbourne railway bridge. The silver sculptures imperceptibly to me, move back and forth across the bridge.


Queensbridge for car, tram and bus traffic.


Vaults on the river where fresh produce was once stored. They are called the Banana Alley Vaults.


You can pump your bike tyres up at Southbank Promenade, a shared space for cyclists and pedestrians with winners and losers.
 

Not only can you pump your tyres up, you can repair your bicycle with these pull down tools. I don't know what each tool does but how good is that.

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  1. Another delightful selections Andrew. Thank you. What is stored in the Banana Alley (great name) vaults now? I do like those sculptures and the pull down tools are great.
    Electric scooters have come to my city now and appear to be discarded in unsuitable places quite regularly.

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    1. EC, I know there is a gym and a gay sauna. Beyond that, I am not sure. I looked at Lime Bikes website and they urge people to responsibly leave bikes when they have used them. Sad to learn that people don't.

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  2. The Banana Alley Vaults were one of the most interesting buildings that the Railways Department built. I remembered they dated from 1890ish, but I didn't remember what function they were intended for.

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    1. Hels, with a well educated guess on the matter, fresh fruit and vegetables from ships who about to use the turning basin.

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  3. I thought those vaults looked warehousey, I like the name Banana Alley. Those silver sculptures move? Are they on a rail? Imagine a single bridge coping with tram, bus and cars! Whatever will they think of next? And why can't Adelaide seem to manage the same?

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    1. Hi River, the vaults are actually UNDER a set of railway lines. Between the Southern Cross (Spencer Street) railway station and Flinders Street Station there is a railway viaduct that allows numerous roads to pass under the railway, at the Flinders Street Station end of the viaduct, the railway sits on top of the Banana Alley Vaults as there are no roads in that area so they used the space underneath as warehouses by building it as a series of arches.

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    2. River, I guess they are on a rail of some kind. While I know they move and they change position, it must be very slow as I have never seen them move. I must be as strong bridge and it is far from new.

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    3. Pippa explains, River.

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  4. The pull down tools idea is clever! Portland tries to think everyone will ride bikes when much of Portland has severe hills and it rains 9 months of the year. It's a delusion I guess of some kind. I like the old wood on that one wharf photo.

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    1. Strayer, hills and electric bikes are made for each other. If electric Uber like companies food delivery bike riders never seem to pedal, then it will work.

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  5. I love those last two photos; what a wonderful blo*dy idea. As an ex-cyclist I would have really appreciated them.

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    1. Cro, I apologise as they are not great photos of a rather wonderful thing.

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  6. Those bikes are looking good, let's hope they keep doing so.
    Yes, how handy to be able to mend a puncture and pump the tires up.
    Good selection.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I reckon every tool would be there for bike maintenance.

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  7. We have Lime bikes here, but they haven't been a universal success. I think a lot of them wind up in the canals.

    The Banana Alley Vaults (great name) remind me of the arched vaults beneath some rail bridges here in London, which are used for various commercial purposes. Often auto mechanics, it seems.

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    1. Yes Steve, much the same the same thing at your vaults, under railway lines.

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  8. I am amazed by the function of the roadside bicycle aids ..., the idea of ​​making them is very functional.

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    1. Himawan, the bicycle aids are great and I've never seen such a station before.

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  9. Yup you would think the no smoking signs wouldn't be required after all this time.. I can just hear a smoker 'but there's no sign to say so' the minute the signs aren't there, they do get a wee bit desperate 😀 Can't believe cars would even try to U turn in front of a tram 😱

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    1. Perhaps true Grace. "I didn't see the tram", the plaintive cry goes out. That's because they didn't check.

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  10. Neat photos, I dislike the dockless bikes and scooters. The Washington DC has both docked bike-share and dockless. The docked bikes have to be returned to a locked bike rack to end the rental period, they seldom get left in the middle of the sidewalk, or abandoned on the side to the street.

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    1. Travel, we did have a docked bike scheme and it just didn't have enough riders, partly because of the law on bike helmets being compulsory. Our undocked bike scheme was a disaster here. So far I haven't heard of problems with the electric bikes.

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  11. Darling Andrew,

    It is so reassuring to find that, some six years later, you are still deeply involved with transport in all its forms and guises.

    Goodness knows what one can do with the one- stop bicycle repair stations, but it seems very impressive indeed. No doubt Budapest will have them in the next decade.

    good to know you are safe and well. xx

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    1. Oh wow. Hello to you JayLa. I suppose there would be a spanner suitable for putting a wheel back on after it fell off, but I am as ignorant of such things as yourselves. I'm pleased you are still going along nicely, as I did already know anyway.

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  12. That bike self-help station is amazing, wow what a great concept. And "Banana Alley" how wonderful a name.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, Banana Alley just rolls off people's lips mostly without them wondering about the name.

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