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Commuters locked out of UC parking

By Keijidosha - 21 December 2011 25

Commuters who currently park and ride using the abundance of free parking on Bimbimbie Street (off College Street) might be interested to know that UC are in the process of locking down their carparks for the exclusive use of students and staff.

Boom gates are currently being installed, and once operational will require a student/staff pass for access.

As a side note I was surprised to discover that these carparks were controlled by UC, and curious about why they feel the need to prevent public access to carparks that rarely (if ever) reach full capacity.

What’s Your opinion?


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Commuters locked out of UC parking
Henry82 10:01 pm 21 Dec 11

So they’re stopping freeloaders? great.

Martlark 9:34 pm 21 Dec 11

I’m surprised that the University has let an obviously valuable asset sit around getting abused by non staff and non students for many years. Says to me that they have a slack and lazy administration.

dpm 9:05 pm 21 Dec 11

p1 said :

Keijidosha said :

I’m just disappointed that this decision will discourage more people from using public transport. The carpark is perfectly situated on the Blue Rapid route and makes commuting to the city cheap, quick and very convenient.

Maybe action could look into putting a specific park and ride car park somewhere near there?

I noticed when I walked up College St recently that there seems to be a big gravel car park just next to/up from CISAC? I think it is part of CISAC? Not sure if it is closed off, but it would be an easy one to park at and get to the bus stop – if it is open….?

tonys 8:23 pm 21 Dec 11

It is inaccurate to say “for the exclusive use of students and staff”, the website (you linked to) says “There will still be several short-stay car parks available for visitors.” If you have no business at the university then leave your car at home and try one of these suggestions:

1. get the bus from your suburban street.
2. carpool with your workmates and split the civic parking fees.
3. Get a job or study at the university.

FoMoCo 7:33 pm 21 Dec 11

During semester come about 9am the car parks are getting full and start to empty about 3-4pm. UC have recently installed a couple of tar’d and dirt car parks in the past year which has eased things a little. But try getting a park during the middle of the day, and you will have a challenge.

The situation isnt helped by the building of new resi’s without the car parking to accommodate them. And the tendency of students to have complete and utter disregard for fellow people and will park their car where ever they can find enough space, even if it means half a dozen other people can no longer get their car out!!!

FoMoCo 7:27 pm 21 Dec 11

As an contractor to UC and regularly has to go to site to repair/install equipment I applaud the installation of the boom gates. It will mean that I dont have to park and carry tools kilometres to do my job because other people (who have no connection to UC) feel that they are more entitled to the UC parking.

lore 7:09 pm 21 Dec 11

I go to UC, and I can say that the carpark is at full capacity every day during university semester. You can only get a park before 9am. And the carpark is there for students of UC, it’s not a park and ride carpark.

p1 4:54 pm 21 Dec 11

Keijidosha said :

I’m just disappointed that this decision will discourage more people from using public transport. The carpark is perfectly situated on the Blue Rapid route and makes commuting to the city cheap, quick and very convenient.

Maybe action could look into putting a specific park and ride car park somewhere near there?

Keijidosha 4:50 pm 21 Dec 11

Fair points about the carparks being full during the day. I guess my comment about low usage is skewed by the fact I arrive before 9am and return after 5pm, when the area is a ghost town.

Just to be clear, my article isn’t a whinge about entitlement. I have no problem with UC ensuring adequate parking for students and staff – I’m just disappointed that this decision will discourage more people from using public transport. The carpark is perfectly situated on the Blue Rapid route and makes commuting to the city cheap, quick and very convenient.

C’est la vie, my fellow commuters will need to find somewhere else to park, or give up and add to the congestion by driving into the city.

Stiffman 4:13 pm 21 Dec 11

I don’t think its related to pay parking. I haven’t heard anything regarding that around here.

Here is a little bit more info on the uc website: http://www.canberra.edu.au/bettercampus/car-parks

From my experience, almost all the car parks are FULL around here, most of the semester. Sure the uni could open up a few more fields, even further away from uni, or they could take a few measures to stop others abusing their land. some of the dirt car parks they have now are getting pretty away from the rest of the uni.

I guess we’ll see how much of a difference it makes with parking, but anything they do must help, as its pretty bad around here, and every year they declare a record amount of enrollements.

Bluey 4:06 pm 21 Dec 11

The parking has always been tight there for students so keeping anyone who isnt staff or students out is a fair and reasonable approach to take.

kevn 4:06 pm 21 Dec 11

Rarely at capacity? Yeah right! It is very bad at the start of semester in particular (people tend to drop out after one or two months). I complained a bit about it when I was studying/working there 5ish years ago. The claim was that the boom gates would cause a fringe benefit liability on the car parks. Apparently that’s acceptable now.

About time, I say.

bitzermaloney 3:17 pm 21 Dec 11

dpm said :

From my experience there, that carpark (like all UC parking) is at full capacity during the Uni semesters. Anyway, my guess is someone probably complained about it….
Though it is interesting that they would rather install boomgates instead of just adding an extra (gravel?) carpark on one of the vacant pieces of land there (like at the temp car park place they have used in the first few weeks in recent years – before heaps of people drop out before the census date)!
Surely that would be a similar price to do – and result in a lot more parking than just excluding a few park and ride cars…?

I think you’ll find that this is a pre-cursor to introduce paid parking for non-university related parking.

devils_advocate 3:12 pm 21 Dec 11

LOL, if you really needed to park there would almost be worth picking up a unit at the start of each year. It’s not as if you’d need to turn up to pass the class and after a few years you could have a degree in PE or something.

dpm 2:45 pm 21 Dec 11

From my experience there, that carpark (like all UC parking) is at full capacity during the Uni semesters. Anyway, my guess is someone probably complained about it….
Though it is interesting that they would rather install boomgates instead of just adding an extra (gravel?) carpark on one of the vacant pieces of land there (like at the temp car park place they have used in the first few weeks in recent years – before heaps of people drop out before the census date)!
Surely that would be a similar price to do – and result in a lot more parking than just excluding a few park and ride cars…?

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