So, until now, my project’s goals have been based around:

– improving the road network’s usage by altering the size, shape and usage patterns of the vehicles on it inside the city

– catering to people’s basic desires and conveniences

– proposing the city-going road-based personal vehicle as competition for public transport

I’ve come to realise this won’t work.

The future of Melbourne can’t ignore public transport; the Melbourne 2012 Transport Strategy says so (, Paul Mees of Melbourne’s MIT says so (, as do countless others.  But car-culture – a culture based on having a personal means of transport on hand at all times – can’t be eradicated.  The societal backlash would be nothing short of torrential.

So private and public transport have to cooperate.  In a literal sense, this could mean driving onto a car-train and having that bullet you into the city.  Or, more realistically, it could mean that Melbourne’s public transport system – indeed, what will become its only system in 20 to 30 years in the CBD – will incorporate fixed-line, mass transit and unfixed, dispersed transit as parts of a single entity.

That entity is what my project will focus on.  Freeflow, as I’ve dubbed it, won’t argue against changed modes of transit; it will be one of the fundamental principles of travelling into the centre of Melbourne in 2030.


About Sten Nigol

Aspiring industrial designer, archer, hobbyist musician and car enthusiast.
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