Friday, February 5, 2010

Transport Hubs

Brisbane, Australia.

Transport hubs make sense. They are important links connecting bus & train networks (ie public transport) but should also cater for personal transport needs (pedestrian, car and bicycle). Nothing is perfect but this new development outside the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital is certainly a step in the right direction. Walking or, increasingly, bicycling to work or a transport node is often a sweaty inconvenience. Then you have to find a place to put your bike.

This Cycle Centre (currently one of two in Brisbane - the other is located in the city and connects to rail as well as bus networks) has secure bicycle lockup (24hr surveillance), lockers to stash clothes, shoes & whatnots, showers with fresh towels, hairdryers (!), even a facility to iron your work clothes and a drying room for the smelly sweaty stuff your wore on the way in (it will be smelly for the ride home but at least it's dry). All for AUD $5 per day (casual day rate) or AUD $390 for the year (introductory rate).

May well be the future of sustainable transport...

bus depot on top, cycle/ pedestrian depot below

cycle rack in a five star package

Check out the cycle centre in Brisbane city at
(yeah, it's a bit more costly in the city)

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