Rush Hour Traffic in Brisbane

On Friday, 2 October 2009, I got into my car at five o’clock to drive home. As it was five o’clock, and as it was a Friday, I was pretty sure it qualified for rush hour.

So I stuck a camera to the windscreen of my car and decided to make a video of it. I amused myself with the thought that I could call the film “Rush Hour”. I then tickled myself pink even further by thinking I could edit it a little more and then call it “Rush Hour 2”

Yes, I know, it’s sad.

But what’s sadder than that is, in the event, I completely forgot about the whole thing.

Until today that is, when I stumbled upon this half finished project on my hard drive and decided to do a few more changes. It’s now finished and I proudly present to you…

Rush Hour 3

The video isn’t just about traffic, it also gives you a chance to see what the roads look like over an 11 or 12 km stretch in the southern to western suburbs of Brisbane. But there is another very special reason to watch this film, because here in Australia there are two things we can do on the roads that, as far as I’m aware, you can’t do in England.

And you can see these two things “live” in this video….

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  • Patrick December 4, 2012, 1:43 am | Link

    I wouldn’t know about that… I never been to Melbourne.
    The only advise I could give is to look at the signs… And be aware of the rules.
    Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_turn

    • BobinOz December 4, 2012, 2:40 pm | Link

      Always be aware of the rules, especially in Victoria; they just love their traffic offence income.

  • Patrick December 3, 2012, 4:38 pm | Link

    I think it’s more to avoid problems with the trams as the lights are sync’ed with them.
    That way, people going across the rails can do it on a safe timing, i.e. when the light is green for the perpendicular lanes…

    • BobinOz December 3, 2012, 9:39 pm | Link

      Ah, yes, that makes sense, I think, but I assume you can also do the hook on junctions where there are no trams?

  • Patrick December 3, 2012, 1:21 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Do you know the Melbourne CBD Hook turns? I learned about it looking at videos to help me get used to RHD coming from LHD…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoUPGLn38-A

    • BobinOz December 3, 2012, 3:46 pm | Link

      Weird, but I can see the advantages, I assume it is so that people turning right, which they would normally do from the right hand lane, don’t block at half the road for the duration of the green light?

  • Terry August 5, 2011, 7:03 pm | Link

    Hey Bob, Just wanted to let you know we arrived in Brisbane 29th of July. We found a house. It’s alot more than we wanted to spend, but it’s only a 6 month lease.We are trying to buy a car and get the kids registed in school. Oh, and the tax #. Not as easy as we thought. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.

    • BobinOz August 8, 2011, 2:13 pm | Link

      Hi Terry

      Congratulations and welcome to Brisbane. Hope you get to love it as much as I do. The first three or four months can be both exciting and uncomfortable, so stick with it. Hope you get all those documents sorted and the kids into school soon. Let me know how it goes.

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