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Cheap parking in Civic during weekdays?

By jambamafi 13 March 2015 32

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I’m hoping the RA brains trust will be able to help me out here…

Where are the best (by this I mean cheapest) places to park Monday to Friday in/around the city? I’m not averse to a bit of a walk each way if it means saving a few thousand a year!

Alternatively, does anyone have experience parking somewhere relatively safe in inner city suburbs and catching the bus for the final part of the trip? I will be travelling from Jerrabomberra if that helps.

I recognise this question has been asked a few times already, but was unable to find anything recent (particularly after the introduction of PP in the Parliamentary Triangle last year).

What’s Your opinion?


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rubaiyat 4:24 pm 22 Mar 15

Postalgeek said :

letterboxfrog said :

Get a Scooter. I live in Queanbeyan East, and haven’t looked back. Got my Daelim S1 from Motocentral in Mitchell. It’s 125cc of Korean-powered fuel injected grunt gets me anywhere significantly cheaper than any Cabcharge owned bus, with rego and fuel being is nice and cheap, and feeling of freedom when on the bike can’t be beaten. Don’t let anyone tell you Asian motorcycles are rubbish – even some BMWs are being manufactured in Taiwan these days.
Only annoyance – minus 7 morning in winter, and getting from L’s to Opens is a minimum 15 month process, meaning I can’t have a beer with colleagues before I go home, which wouldn’t be a problem if I drove a car. I am looking forward to my son being 8 so I can take him for a ride (can’t do that until on opens either)

Get a motorbike or at least get something over 250cc. Safer and more stable on Canberra’s higher-speed trunk roads. Gives you the option to rapidly accelerate out of a bad situation and lets you make the most of lane filtering. Bigger wheels negotiate bumps better, provide more road surface, and improve centre of gravity, and legs over instead of forward allows for more dynamic weight distribution which offers better chance of recovery in a skid. Small scooters are fun in lower speed areas, and inner city areas. But in Queanbeyan you’ve got roads like Pialligo Ave, Monaro and Canberra Ave to contend with, lined with bush and roos. You don’t want to be sitting on 90km full throttle on Monaro on a squirrelly 125cc caged in between b-doubles, or unable to accelerate out of someone’s blind spot.

And don’t stick a kid on the back. Once you start to get a real taste of the random idiocy out there, you won’t want to.

Motorbikes are the go!

They don’t have speed limits, are allowed to overtake on the left, and they have their own dedicated lanes, marked with white dashes in between all the other vehicles stuck in traffic. 😀

They also are a great way to locate all the black ice on Canberra’s roads in mid winter.

metalblue 11:20 am 22 Mar 15

Could ACTION have an opportunity to extend their reach? ACTION-owned car parks could actually make current parking rates much, much cheaper than they are now, as well as making a profit 5 years after carparks are built completely (my estimate: 8 years simultaneous building time, some small, some large) and reduce congestion significantly, combined with collaboration with the car park systems for efficient traversal to destinations.

Pipe dream, perhaps..

Sandman 11:30 pm 20 Mar 15

Funky1 said :

Sandman said :

Motorbikes park for free. Pays for itself in the first year.

Of course, you could park in suburban inner north side streets. Be careful though. It’s hard to tell from looking at the house but I have a forklift hiding in my garage that will deal with a regular all day parker.

A motorbike pays for itself in the first year??
Where can you buy a decent bike for under $3000?? I’d love to know, as I’d go and buy one tomorrow if I could.

Gumtree, eBay, Allclassifieds. Unless of course your interpretation of “decent” is absurdly high. Plenty of good bikes around but you have to be quick. Take too long to think about it and it’ll be gone.

Postalgeek 5:01 pm 20 Mar 15

Or get a Toyota i-road and confuse everyone when you park it in the motorcycle bay.

Argue it’s basically a Piaggio mp3 with a roof.

mossrocket 4:43 pm 20 Mar 15

Funky1 said :

Sandman said :

Motorbikes park for free. Pays for itself in the first year.

Of course, you could park in suburban inner north side streets. Be careful though. It’s hard to tell from looking at the house but I have a forklift hiding in my garage that will deal with a regular all day parker.

A motorbike pays for itself in the first year??
Where can you buy a decent bike for under $3000?? I’d love to know, as I’d go and buy one tomorrow if I could.

Try Canberra Motorcycle Centre – they have lots of options for 50 dollars a week – less than parking… http://www.canberramotorcyclecentre.com.au/more/latest/promotions/item/what-do-you-get-for-50-a-week

Funky1 4:04 pm 20 Mar 15

Sandman said :

Motorbikes park for free. Pays for itself in the first year.

Of course, you could park in suburban inner north side streets. Be careful though. It’s hard to tell from looking at the house but I have a forklift hiding in my garage that will deal with a regular all day parker.

A motorbike pays for itself in the first year??
Where can you buy a decent bike for under $3000?? I’d love to know, as I’d go and buy one tomorrow if I could.

Solidarity 12:43 pm 20 Mar 15

Chinese/Korean bikes are rubbish, don’t let any cheapskate tell you otherwise.

Postalgeek 10:40 am 20 Mar 15

letterboxfrog said :

Get a Scooter. I live in Queanbeyan East, and haven’t looked back. Got my Daelim S1 from Motocentral in Mitchell. It’s 125cc of Korean-powered fuel injected grunt gets me anywhere significantly cheaper than any Cabcharge owned bus, with rego and fuel being is nice and cheap, and feeling of freedom when on the bike can’t be beaten. Don’t let anyone tell you Asian motorcycles are rubbish – even some BMWs are being manufactured in Taiwan these days.
Only annoyance – minus 7 morning in winter, and getting from L’s to Opens is a minimum 15 month process, meaning I can’t have a beer with colleagues before I go home, which wouldn’t be a problem if I drove a car. I am looking forward to my son being 8 so I can take him for a ride (can’t do that until on opens either)

Get a motorbike or at least get something over 250cc. Safer and more stable on Canberra’s higher-speed trunk roads. Gives you the option to rapidly accelerate out of a bad situation and lets you make the most of lane filtering. Bigger wheels negotiate bumps better, provide more road surface, and improve centre of gravity, and legs over instead of forward allows for more dynamic weight distribution which offers better chance of recovery in a skid. Small scooters are fun in lower speed areas, and inner city areas. But in Queanbeyan you’ve got roads like Pialligo Ave, Monaro and Canberra Ave to contend with, lined with bush and roos. You don’t want to be sitting on 90km full throttle on Monaro on a squirrelly 125cc caged in between b-doubles, or unable to accelerate out of someone’s blind spot.

And don’t stick a kid on the back. Once you start to get a real taste of the random idiocy out there, you won’t want to.

ChrisinTurner 11:52 pm 19 Mar 15

As a resident in on of the the nearby suburbs who can’t get trademen to come because they can’t park anywhere I hope you find your parking away from Civic and close to a Rapid bus line and use the bus.

letterboxfrog 7:34 pm 19 Mar 15

Get a Scooter. I live in Queanbeyan East, and haven’t looked back. Got my Daelim S1 from Motocentral in Mitchell. It’s 125cc of Korean-powered fuel injected grunt gets me anywhere significantly cheaper than any Cabcharge owned bus, with rego and fuel being is nice and cheap, and feeling of freedom when on the bike can’t be beaten. Don’t let anyone tell you Asian motorcycles are rubbish – even some BMWs are being manufactured in Taiwan these days.
Only annoyance – minus 7 morning in winter, and getting from L’s to Opens is a minimum 15 month process, meaning I can’t have a beer with colleagues before I go home, which wouldn’t be a problem if I drove a car. I am looking forward to my son being 8 so I can take him for a ride (can’t do that until on opens either)

wildturkeycanoe 3:32 pm 19 Mar 15

David M said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

David M said :

Yep, still $11 for rooftop in either of the two Canberra Centre car parks, Target or the other one, just across the way. Not sure about day-long parking in the new CC car parks, I think they just go by the hour
.

Yes, all day is over $30, so why was I charged $18 then? By the hour [even though I was on the roof] it should have been around the $30 mark but my rooftop fee was over-cooked. Too late to complain now…

Not sure why you got charged $30, you need to insert your ticket in the reader as you enter the roof to have it endorsed for all-day parking. They say you should do this even if the boom gate to the roof parking is up. Note that as far as I know, this is only available in the two original car parks, not the new ones near Dendy. Sorry for your loss or your mistake. If you have a query, you can use the call button on the pay machines to query with it. I understand a real person will eventually answer.

I was only charged $18, but the this is what happened. I swiped the card at the top boom gate. Nothing happened. I pressed the button and was told the carpark was full. I asked if they wanted me to try and reverse all the way back down the winding ramp and then they opened the gate for me. As I drove through, I found a spot anyway and parked there for the roughly 9 hours or so. That’s what confused me, as it is rooftop parking, swiped legitimately, but I was charged some weird fee halfway between the two rates? Go figure…

David M 11:15 pm 16 Mar 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

David M said :

Yep, still $11 for rooftop in either of the two Canberra Centre car parks, Target or the other one, just across the way. Not sure about day-long parking in the new CC car parks, I think they just go by the hour
.

Yes, all day is over $30, so why was I charged $18 then? By the hour [even though I was on the roof] it should have been around the $30 mark but my rooftop fee was over-cooked. Too late to complain now…

Not sure why you got charged $30, you need to insert your ticket in the reader as you enter the roof to have it endorsed for all-day parking. They say you should do this even if the boom gate to the roof parking is up. Note that as far as I know, this is only available in the two original car parks, not the new ones near Dendy. Sorry for your loss or your mistake. If you have a query, you can use the call button on the pay machines to query with it. I understand a real person will eventually answer.

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