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Barking mad about parking

Jorge 1 September 2008 32

There needs to be some consistency to ACT parking rules.

You can park in “no standing” areas in some places but if you did the same thing elsewhere you’d get booked.

What is with all the cars parked illegally behind Old Parliament House? They should either be booked, or the Government should build anorther carpark. The same thing happens around Manuka Oval – fair enough I say – but why isn’t there a sign saying “match day parking” or something.

It just leaves people open to arbitrary action by parking inspectors.

Personally, I reckon people should get on a bike or a bus, or walk a bit from a legal carpark. The ACT Government likes to think its green, yet they can’t take a tough decision.


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peterh peterh 2:56 pm 03 Sep 08

astrojax said :

i find that, too, bd84.

basically, people have to stop thinking they know better than the town planners and traffic authorities who regulate & install the parking signs, and learn to actually read them, then obey them. not hard. and stop thinking you have some god-given right to park out the front of where you want to be. exercise, they now show, prevents alzheimers, s’good for you.

and now i am glad of work’s private car park. but then, phillip is pretty easy for parks at the moment.

astrojax astrojax 2:13 pm 03 Sep 08

i find that, too, bd84.

basically, people have to stop thinking they know better than the town planners and traffic authorities who regulate & install the parking signs, and learn to actually read them, then obey them. not hard. and stop thinking you have some god-given right to park out the front of where you want to be. exercise, they now show, prevents alzheimers, s’good for you.

circusmind circusmind 10:46 pm 02 Sep 08

There is still plenty of free parking in this city. Think like a parking inspector.

bd84 bd84 10:42 pm 02 Sep 08

parking in legitimate carparks often helps avoiding the parking tickets

miz miz 8:25 pm 02 Sep 08

Claine. Route 788 from Banks. Get out at PM&C building (two min walk to OPH). See here

http://www.action.act.gov.au/Weekday-2008Network/Route_788.html

astrojax astrojax 7:47 pm 02 Sep 08

free parking will never die out. it’s called ‘your driveway’… ; )

and when will they invent teleporting, i wanna know..!

Pandy Pandy 6:06 pm 02 Sep 08

I have a dream to drive a car. My kids need a car of their own.

ACT Light Rail ACT Light Rail 6:03 pm 02 Sep 08

Parking is a significant urban planning issue. In meetings with urban planning and public transport stakeholders, several have identified parking as a higher priority to them than public transport. I think this reflects the existing urban landscape which has developed around the car as the primary mode of transport in the ACT.

Realistically, in the future there will be less parking available and it will become more expensive. Go and park in any other capital city and see how much that costs.

‘Cheap’ parking, which has existed in Civic since the 60’s is on its way out. Future carparking will be privately run, and cost more not only because private means a profit is required, but also because levies will be imposed upon parking space as a form of tax.

At some point free parking will also disappear. Its happening in Barton, and will move on to Russell fairly soon.

Improving public transport by installing light rail and a properly integrated bus system, would alleviate the requirement for the acres of carparking currently required. It is not a good use of space or of transport for an area to be empty for 12 hours a day or for a car transporting a single occupant which then sits there all day. Families could save a lot of money if only one car was required (NRMA estimates min $7500 a year) and the primary means of getting to and from places of employment or education were conducted using public transport.

JC JC 4:32 pm 02 Sep 08

Mia80 said :

JC said :

Jorge said :

BTW what is your take on the cars that park on the mound near the carpark that DFAT leases?

That “mound” has just been sold off. It too is about to become office blocks.
Where are all those cars going to park now?

Just the mount or the whole carpark? Hmmm. Yeah what will they do with those cars, plus all the other cars from the new buildings which do not have enough carparks for all the people who work there, let alone visitors.

Mia80 Mia80 2:57 pm 02 Sep 08

JC said :

Jorge said :

BTW what is your take on the cars that park on the mound near the carpark that DFAT leases?

That “mound” has just been sold off. It too is about to become office blocks.
Where are all those cars going to park now?

Overheard Overheard 11:48 am 02 Sep 08

I mean, “Parker Buyer”. Sheesh. Sense even less does make it. I up give!

Overheard Overheard 11:46 am 02 Sep 08

Pseudo Nym said :

Overheard said :

If you DO get booked in this scenario, well, Parker Emptor — you knew the risks.

Caveat Parktor.

Oh yeah. “Parker Seller”. A not sense lot of make did that.

Pseudo Nym Pseudo Nym 11:43 am 02 Sep 08

Overheard said :

If you DO get booked in this scenario, well, Parker Emptor — you knew the risks.

Caveat Parktor.

JC JC 4:54 am 02 Sep 08

Jorge said :

Hi JC. That’s exactly my point. They are the rules.
But take a look behind Old Parly House.
Yes, Canberra is a car city. It’s the one great flaw of WBG’s grand plan (ah blasphemy!)
But we can’t let the cars eat the place by letting people park anywhere they like.

I am still not sure what the point was you are trying to make. If cars park illegally they get booked, simple as that.

You are ranting about old Parl house and Manuka oval, but what is your point? Are these cars parked illegally and what is your evidence they don’t get booked. I personally doubt the bombers would miss any oportunity to book ilegally park cars anywhere in this town.

BTW what is your take on the cars that park on the mound near the carpark that DFAT leases?

New Yeah New Yeah 6:02 pm 01 Sep 08

Far out Jorge – as if Canberra doesn’t have enough rules and regulations as it is!

Please don’t ask The Man to install parking signs out the back of OPH and at Manuka oval. Doing so will deny the decent folk from far flung and less leafy locales who are visiting the inner south the chance to freely and untimedly park their car in a bureaucratic grey area.

Claine Claine 5:49 pm 01 Sep 08

The illegal parking behind Old Parliment house? You wouldn’t mean the line of staff cars would you? I no longer work here, but when I did, I would occasionally start as early as 6am. I also had to frequently pass by the local bakery to pick up a large tray of bread. I had to bring my toolbox every day, and a change of clothes.

You would have me catch a bus from Banks?

Overheard Overheard 5:23 pm 01 Sep 08

Julius Constantius said :

I have my one legged uncle’s disable sticker that I have on permeant loan. I find it does supply me with great parking opportunities but more importantly it does highlight how easy the diable community really has it. One word “lazy”

I hope you’re taking the Carney and are not an able-bodied person using a disabled sticker.

Julius Constantius Julius Constantius 5:18 pm 01 Sep 08

I have my one legged uncle’s disable sticker that I have on permeant loan. I find it does supply me with great parking opportunities but more importantly it does highlight how easy the diable community really has it. One word “lazy”

Jorge Jorge 5:15 pm 01 Sep 08

Hi JC. That’s exactly my point. They are the rules.
But take a look behind Old Parly House.
Yes, Canberra is a car city. It’s the one great flaw of WBG’s grand plan (ah blasphemy!)
But we can’t let the cars eat the place by letting people park anywhere they like.

Mia80 Mia80 5:12 pm 01 Sep 08

Parking will always be an issue, as the Government puts up more office blocks, usually built where car parking used to be, and expect EVERYONE to walk ride or catch a bus.

Now I live too far from my work place to walk or ride. But a daily bus fare (from NSW into Canberra return) would be edging $20 A DAY.
Thus parking & petrol ends up being much cheaper in the long run.
Where is the public transport for those peeps? Huh?

Where ever you go, my friend, you either need to be at work by 7am, or risk the inevitable ticket.
This is the nature of our current society (or until the Gov wakes up and gives us more parking).

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