Thanx ajft for that other link
Plethora? Well, maybe not multi-storey car-parks, but car parking spaces in general. If the multi-storeys weren't built, I'd imagine every last bit of green open space on campus would be earmarked for bitumenisation. The gravel carpark near short courses/engineering used to be a grassed athletics track not that long ago. I suppose athletics was seen as being the easiest to eradicate - imagine if they tried to get rid of a football or cricket oval...
The Bikery's answering machine today informed me it will be reopening in Semester 2
. Bikes Direct Springvale, Cycle Science Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley Cycles, and iBikes Oakleigh are all about four to five kms from campus. BD is probably the closest and most directly accessible. CS is the only one which has been established in the area longer than a few years - the others have all either come and gone, changed management, moved location etc. MWC and iBO are the only ones with train stations relatively close by
BD has another shop near the Caulfield Campus - maybe they'd be a good one to approach to offer some sort of incentive to Monash Uni Cyclists. Or GPI Cheetah
just down the road. Melbourne Uni has a Bike Shop on campus. Me thinks a bike shop near the closest, easily accessible train station to Monash (Clayton or Huntingdale) might just fill a void....
As for VicRoads et al - surely Monash has churned out enough civil engineers, urban planners and politicians over the decades. Couldn't they use their 'alumni' connections to force things to change quicker than they are? How about a green bike lane along Highway numero uno linking Clayton and Caulfield campuses - wouldn't that be grand
? It could be named after the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Marathon run along this course, or after Russell Mockridge who died along this course, or after Sir John Monash himself - the 'Monash Mockridge Marathon Bike Way # 1'
? MMM Rocks! (ok - i'll pinch myself now....)
Resistance ain't futile.....