I moved to Canberra from sunny Qld back in 1992 to work in Tuggeranong, which is the only place I’ve ever worked in Canberra.
Out of the blue, my employer says we’re relocating to Woden next month, and I’m trying to work through the options for getting to work.
At Tuggeranong, I have all sorts of choices. Usually I drive – there’s free parking at work as long as I’m there by 8:15 or so, or paid parking for the occasional time I’m late. Or, I can ride my trike (no, I never learned to ride a bike) and park it in the on-site bike parking area. I can walk it in about 40 minutes, or catch a bus – although I’d usually just walk if it was down to walk vs bus!
Woden is just a bit further away – at 7.5km, I won’t have time to walk and there doesn’t seem to be anywhere safe to leave the trike. Catching a bus is an option, but at least once or twice a week I’m going to have to drive and apparently, pay to park when I get there.
My question is about parking in Woden – I know about parking there on the weekend for shopping, but parking there for work is a whole different story. I’ve found the stuff on the TAMS web site about the $5.50 and $7.00 per day parking (ouch), but that doesn’t tell me just how easy / hard it is to actually get a park. For example, one day a week I’m likely to arrive at Woden at 9:00am – what are my chances of getting into one of these parks at that time of the morning? Am I going to find myself driving around the car park forever waiting for someone to leave? Are there any places where you’re actually allowed to park and where it costs less than this? – I’m not interested in parking in dodgy unmarked spots, call me stupid but parking where I’m not supposed to stresses me out.