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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Tolls - Westgate - Bad Cyclists - Global Warming

Motorists face $6.50 toll blow
Motorists will be forced to pay up to $6.50 to use the Mitcham-Frankston tollway when it opens in 2008. And drivers will keep paying to use the $2.6 billion road until about 2043. The State Government will announce the winning bidder to build the 40km road soon, possibly as early as tomorrow.

VicRoads is conducting a safety review of Melbourne's landmark Westgate Bridge, as it tries to deal with increasing traffic volumes. The 26-year-old bridge carries 150,000 vehicles a day, tens of thousands more than it did in 1978. Bruce Gidley, from VicRoads, says small cracks in the bridge have been fixed or are being monitored. He says the investigation will now look at ways of improving traffic flow without altering the bridge structure.

Coroner condemns street cyclists
A coroner has condemned cyclists who illegally ride on pavements. An inquest heard Ted Rhodes was punched by a cyclist he 'verbally abused' for riding on the pavement in Wandsworth, south-west London, last December. An open verdict was recorded as post-mortem tests failed to link the punch to Mr Rhodes' death two days later.

Letter: Cyclists must learn to observe road rules
After a few months of driving on the back roads of Blacksburg, I have a few burning questions for many of the cyclists in the Blacksburg community. First, when you see a stop sign (or any other street sign), why do you believe that it does not apply to you? You're on a vehicle, you're on the same roads cars use, and yet for some reason you feel the rules of the road don't pertain to you. Do you expect cars with the right of way to slam on the brakes or get into an accident to avoid hitting you? Do you secretly hope to get into an accident and hope to sue us? Do you think we won't hit you when you're going the wrong way down a one-way street?

Global Warming - Next 30 Years are Critical
Amid the threat of rising oceans, increasingly extreme weather and recent reports that levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have leapt in the past two years, few would argue that addressing global warming is not a burning issue. But as the Government's chief scientist Sir David King delivers a speech warning that urgent action must be taken, what form that should take - and its feasibility - is still the subject of heated debate.