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Commuting with toddler to city: options?

By star anise 27 July 2013 45

My 1.5 yo daughter is changing day care so she is next to my office in the city.

Having undertaken an uncomfortable test run with her on the bus (lots to carry, including child who doesn’t want to sit still), working out that it takes 45mins to get from home to work if traffic is good, and then realising that my current transport costs at the moment tally up to over $10 per day, I’m reconsidering my transport options (*). 

Should I bite the bullet and park in the city for $9 a day?  But do they fill up very early? And goodness, the idea of clunking so much change around with me 4 days per week is painful (and alas prepaid parking only returns savings for full timers – I’d have to pay more for the convenience of not needing a wallet weighed down with change).  

It would be great if the ACT Government had parking options for part time mums!  Advice?

*Currently: I drive my child to day care (suburban Weston Creek), then drive to Woden, use my husbands staff car park ($5 per day), then bus to city ($2.65 each way with MyWay).

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FGC 5:18 pm 31 Jul 13

star anise said :

Hi everyone thank you for your ideas. No easy answer. My favourite option suggested is cycling which, if I didn’t have a child, I would do. However, it is a long trip for a 1.5 year old (14km each way via RSPCA/scrivener dam) on the back of the bike in cold weather (I can’t afford a trailer).

We started our ‘new routine’ this week week and parking in the city. A few people have asked where I get $9 parking – there are a few options (I found them by looking online at the ACT government website on parking): one is the dirt car park on constitution avenue (which is what we’re doing) and the other I believe is around Regatta Point (both require a short walk – I have a stroller in the boot). We haven’t had any issues finding a car park when arriving at 8.40ish. Getting used to the city traffic (maybe laughable in Canberra but we’ve been stopped up on Parkes Way) after being on the bus for so long is a novelty. Getting change has been OK so far, but some shops don’t like exchanging notes for change, I need to find a change machine where I can get a fortnightly or so large amount of change. Any suggestions on that?

PS: not a troll 😉 Hope I’m not a princess for my wanting to be prepared with change (if you’re one dollar out it gets frustrating).

Ebay and Allclassifieds are your friends. Remember a bicycle trailer for a child is the sort of thing that people only have for a few short years and then offload. If you can’t find anything on those pages, head out to Mugga Way and you’ll generally find a few.

A mate lives in Mawson, cycles to Canberra Hospital to drop his daughter off at daycare then rides the rest of the way to work (RMC Duntroon). All year round it’s not a problem, the little’un loves it.

Loathe though I am to be one of those enthusiastic evangelical cyclists, I absolutely love cycling to work and it frees up more time in the evenings and weekends because I don’t need to go out of my way to get exercise to stay fit.

Solidarity 4:47 pm 31 Jul 13

Like hell i’d be ridding with a toddler in a trailer anywhere near a Canberran bike lane.

One latte sipping, facebook sitting inattentive dickhead and your kid is dead.

ML-585 1:40 pm 31 Jul 13

The coin change machine at your local 24 hour car wash is good source. Just go there when the attendant has left for the day.

KB1971 7:32 am 31 Jul 13

star anise said :

PS: not a troll 😉 Hope I’m not a princess for my wanting to be prepared with change (if you’re one dollar out it gets frustrating).

The bank should do it for you. Being in the city there is no shortage of them.

star anise 7:02 am 31 Jul 13

Hi everyone thank you for your ideas. No easy answer. My favourite option suggested is cycling which, if I didn’t have a child, I would do. However, it is a long trip for a 1.5 year old (14km each way via RSPCA/scrivener dam) on the back of the bike in cold weather (I can’t afford a trailer).

We started our ‘new routine’ this week week and parking in the city. A few people have asked where I get $9 parking – there are a few options (I found them by looking online at the ACT government website on parking): one is the dirt car park on constitution avenue (which is what we’re doing) and the other I believe is around Regatta Point (both require a short walk – I have a stroller in the boot). We haven’t had any issues finding a car park when arriving at 8.40ish. Getting used to the city traffic (maybe laughable in Canberra but we’ve been stopped up on Parkes Way) after being on the bus for so long is a novelty. Getting change has been OK so far, but some shops don’t like exchanging notes for change, I need to find a change machine where I can get a fortnightly or so large amount of change. Any suggestions on that?

PS: not a troll 😉 Hope I’m not a princess for my wanting to be prepared with change (if you’re one dollar out it gets frustrating).

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