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  • Parklet map data now available

    The crowdsourced map of parklets across Melbourne and Victoria has been up for a few months now. At the time of writing, there are over 300 that people have added! Unfortunately as I’m in the middle of two rather large mapping projects at the moment, I don’t have the time to do this data justice…

  • Why Skybus should not be on a rail map

    This is my second post about the new version of the Victorian Rail Network Map that PTV have started distributing in trains – as shown in my previous post (thanks again to Mark Williams for the photos). I’ve already talked about my gripe with including things under construction on an operational map. My other main…

  • Why showing things under construction on a transport map is a bad idea

    I’d been considering writing a post on this topic for a while, inspired by the ongoing tradition of Sydney including things that don’t currently exist on their operational network maps.     But now it seems that PTV in Victoria have been inspired by our northern neighbours and applied this thinking to our own rail…

  • Mapping parklets in Melbourne

    Link to the map here. Over the past few months, there have been concerted efforts by the State Government and local governments across Victoria to support businesses in COVID-19 lockdown and recovery. One of the latest measures has been to support and/or install expanded space for outdoor dining and trading. What is a parklet? A…

  • Where to find bicycle maps for Melbourne

    I have posted before about journey planning for bikes over on my main blog. But what about maps showing bike routes and information in general? There are several great resources out there to help, most of them community-made. If you have to pick one, I think that the best overall is OpenCycleMap and its associated…

  • Mapping local words in Melbourne

    For my next project, I will be making a couple of maps to show vocabulary used to describe places or things that are specific to a particular location in Melbourne. There is existing ongoing research called the Linguistics Roadshow which already maps some of the few regionalisms that exist in Australia for things like potato…

  • Understanding COVID-19 impacts on Victoria using maps

    In the midst of this pandemic, there is not much current data available to know the exact impacts on our communities. As a result, I am turning to the slightly older but incredibly comprehensive ABS Census to understand how COVID-19 (coronavirus) might impact people and communities. In summary, I have extracted a selection of what…

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    Cartography based on community feedback

    Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook may have already seen the announcement of my latest and largest mapping project – the Melbourne Transport Map. This will be a map displaying all public transport options within Greater Melbourne. Community input As this is such a large undertaking, I have decided to take a different…

  • How the Suburban Rail Loop will transform Melbourne’s transport maps

    See the full project description and download link here. It is difficult to overstate how transformative the recently-announced Suburban Rail Loop will be for Melbourne’s transport network. Without getting into the technical transport details, it will make intra-suburban and cross-city travel much easier than it is today. One of the most significant aspects of the…

  • Black and white map showing route of proposed Alphington to East Preston Railway from Alphington to Bolderwood Parade in Reservoir

    Alphington to East Preston Railway

    Recently I was looking through some old documents related to Alphington. Buried within Hansard from 1948 was a document entitled the Alphington to East Preston Railway Construction Act. This Act of the Victorian Parliament authorised the construction a railway from Alphington along Darebin Creek to the then-brand new public housing estates just east of Reservoir.…