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Does Canberra really have no traffic jams?

By birder 10 October 2011 42

We are moving to Canberra in December and are just thrilled with the idea that there won’t be heavy traffic.  We’ve moved from Washington DC (nightmarish traffic) to Auckland (much better, but still terrible on an absolute level).  But I wonder how much of the “no traffic” story is a myth?

In particular, would anyone care to share what a commute time from their home might be to ANU?  Both my partner and I will work there, and our preschooler will be going to one of the university daycares.  We would like to rent (and then later buy) a home with some space, but we don’t know how far out we can go.

I guess I’m wondering for input on two topics.  First, as mentioned, would you share your suburb and how long you think it would take to get to ANU in “rush hour”? (Maybe 8 am?)  Second, what suburbs would you recommend for someone who wanted to rent a house whose lot was more than 15 m wide – but wanted to keep the commute time down and didn’t want to pay more than $600 max ($550 or less preferably)?

Thanks for any help you can provide, and I look forward to becoming a regular reader and sometimes-contributer to the riotACT!

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zorro29 10:35 pm 23 Oct 11

there is traffic at certain times…and bad drivers the rest of the time (mainly those that think driving next to each other 5-10km under the speed limit on a 3 lane road so no one can pass is considerate behaviour…

but mostly it’s ok….certainly nowhere near as bad as sydney…peak hour can more than triple a commute time in canberra (and i really have no idea why as it seems the traffic would flow fine if people didn’t stop for no reason and change lanes at the last minute)

for the ANU, turner. braddon or o’connor would be great…even bruce or inner south wouldn’t be too bad for a peak hour commute…you could walk/ride from most of the first suburbs (riding is pretty popular in canberra)

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