What were the most-read posts of 2011?

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Here are the ‘top twelve’ articles posted on The Melbourne Urbanist in 2011 i.e. those that got, in order, the most readers:

  1. What were they thinking?
  2. Will redevelopment of Fishermans Bend really be revolutionary?
  3. The distribution of wealth: perception vs reality
  4. Is this building offensive?
  5. Is this a real tram ‘network’?
  6. How many travellers use the trains?
  7. How can trams be made better?
  8. Are these really the most (and least) liveable suburbs in Melbourne?
  9. How liveable are our major cities?
  10. Melbourne ‘fantasy’ rail map
  11. What causes urban riots?
  12. What is the key challenge for cycling policy?

Note that this list refers only to articles posted in 2011 and naturally it favours articles written earlier in the year. The three most-read articles in 2011 were in fact posted in 2010 i.e. Is water priced to encourage conservation?, How big is Melbourne?, and Banging the high rise drum.

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2 Comments on “What were the most-read posts of 2011?”

  1. Alan Parker •There needs to be a change in the Helmet laws. See Mike Rubbo’s great film on the sensible helmet law of wearing helmets on the road but not on the extensive off road bicycle facilities in Darwin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGEewrHr2q0

    Non of the other regions in Australia states repealed their helmet laws. Northern Territory – did so because cycling levels were dropping. However their is another reason as well why Darwin is so safe there was very large decrease fatal road accidents for al road users in the NT compared to to rest of Australia in 2009.

    Latest year on year change Darwin 2009. (I will update this soon for 2010)

    In 2009 1507 people died in road crashes in Australia .
    In comparison to the previous year, this is an increase of 4.6 per cent.

    • Northern Territory ; includes .Darwin..(down 58.7 per cent);
    • Western Australia …………………………….(down 5.7 per cent);
    • the Australian Capital Territory ………….(down 14.3 per cent).
    • Decreases were recorded in Victoria ( down 4.3 per cent);
    • Increases were recorded in NSW…….(up 23.8 per cent);
    • South Australia………………………………… (up 20.2 per cent); and
    •Tasmania ………………………………………….(up 64.1 per cent).
    • Queensland ……………………………………. (up 0.9 per cent.)

    Australian Road user groups; Five years trends over 5 years 2004 2009

    • Pedestrian deaths showed the greatest average annual decrease of 3.1 per cent.
    • Passenger deaths had an average annual decrease of 2.4 per cent.
    • Driver deaths decreased on average by 1.9 per cent per year.
    • Motorcyclist deaths increased by an average of 2.5 per cent annually.
    • Deaths of pedal cyclists decreased at 7.5 per cent per year.

    Age groups all road users

    • Deaths in the 0–16 age group declined at an average rate of 2.6 per cent per year.
    • The 17–25 age group declined on average by 3.8 per cent per year.
    • The 26–39 year group declined at an average rate of 1.2 per cent per year.
    • The 40–59 year group increased at a rate of 1.3 per cent per year.
    • The 60+ age group declined on average by 3.0 per cent per year.
    The five-year trend differed between males and females: females showed an average annual

    Fatal crashes by time of day—Australia three years, 2007 to 2009 combined

    All road users cyclists

    Early morning…. …725 11
    Morning……….. …. 960 36
    Afternoon …… …..384 36
    Evening…………1, 064 17
    Total crashes 4, 133 100

  2. wilful says:

    Alan, I only discovered your blog in the last year, and while I certainly don’t agree with you on everything, you certainly make me think and challenge some of my long-held views. Thanks for writing! And here’s to more in 2012.

    Wil


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