Overdrive: Planning a CBD; best cycle path design; Suzuki Ignis; Commuter Barbie

Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that covers issues related to cars and transport.

I’m David Brown

And in this program, we take a look at the latest news stories including:

  1. The role of transport in a future Parramatta – Sydney’s second CBD
  2. Study says drivers with smart phones use them almost every time they drive
  3. Old technology to discourage phone use when driving
  4. The end of the filling station?
  5. UK report links Brabham with new bid for supercar operation to rival McLaren


We talk to prominent transport writer Alan Davies from about how a bike way in Melbourne is filling a missing link but it has a few flaws.

And we road test the Suzuki Ignis.  It is classified as a small SUV but it has no heritage from any four wheel drive and it doesn’t pretend to be anything but a funky urban car.

And in our panel discussion with Brian Smith and Errol Smith we take a spirited look at stories including:

  1. Engineer who pointed out traffic signal flaw fined for unlicensed engineering
  2. Parody “commuter barbie” doll listens to NPR, hates manspreaders

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Now to begin the program let’s have the news.

Originally aired on 13 May 2017. For past programs and individual segments visit

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