My ex informs me that buses and trains now have dots on some seats with “sit here” text. I got a photo with “I told you you’re not supposed to sit on the floor, but would you listen?”
They have also added crowding info to the app and indicator boards: https://transportnsw.info/news/2020/helping-you-maintain-physical-distancing-on-public-transport
d the biggest hazard is not cyclists but pedestrians who have sealed themselves off
Really? How many people do they kill in an average year?
I couldn't see any relationship between your communist comment and the tweet after the colon. But ok.
I've recently been bingeing "not just bikes" on youtube, so comparing the Amsterdam focus on street design to keep people safe to the Auckland focus on keeping cars fast is a bit of a shock. The platitudes from Auckland Transport PR especially. From the talk you'd think they'd used the lockdown to glue temporary speed humps down all over the place, rather than just painting dots on footpaths.
Mind you here in Sydney nothing has been done at all to roads, the best we've got is keeping the trains running (presumably also buses etc, but since I've mostly stayed home except for early morning bike rides I don't know). There's been no media coverage that I've seen, of any changes.
Sorry to hear about your mum.
One thing I've noticed on Sydney trains is people spacing out more than I expected, to the extent of seeing people walking along the platform to enter via a door to an unoccupied carriage if the train seems empty-ish (which they mostly are). I had a whole carriage to myself on Sunday in the middle of the day.
Meanwhile the roads here seem as full as they ever were.
wider trialling is warranted
I think so, especially given that the Iranians seem to have decided the same. Obviously their ability to conduct trials outside Iran is limited by the war, but that's no reason we shouldn't carry out our own trials.
That sounds like excellent news, especially the manufacturing ability we already have and thus the price... assuming the trials work out.
One can only imagine how this will play out politically.
I've just realised that there's a complete album of all my friends online:
(my response to Charlie Stross claiming that his sock puppet accounts were real people and he had photos of them)
Awesome, deserves to go, uh, viral.
My employer in Australia is being very blunt: I can choose to work from home, but if there are any problems I have to come in to the office. Any costs incurred are entirely mine, and I should be grateful that they are being so reasonable about my silly panic. If Russel gives us a rant thread I have things to say about their attitude 🤬
Things are getting serious here, they’ve closed outdoor gyms! Also, households of more than two people are now strongly discouraged. If you’re a couple with three or more kids it’s time to pick the two you like most and take one each :)
the Government is now strongly advising against indoor or outdoor gatherings with more than one other person. But Mr Morrison said the measures were not yet legally binding.
So it’s like Aotearoa, except without the legal protections for people who would like to follow those instructions.
Can someone pop down to parliament and run off a few copies of that nice Ms Ardern for us? One per state and a couple for Canberra would be a good start (I actually think she could get elected here).
Here's an acapella classic to cheer you up: