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Free parking in Woden

stereo henry 13 July 2010 35

I’m soon to begin a new job in Woden and being a perennial tight-arse who doesn’t like public transport I don’t want to pay for parking (or for a fare).

I’m just wondering if anyone has any suggestions about where you can park free of charge that’s within walking distance of the shopping/office precinct.

Failing free parking, any suggestions about cheap places to park would also be appreciated.

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astrojax astrojax 1:12 pm 17 Oct 12

dph said :

If you park in visitor parking in a private complex, you’re a f***ing a**hole. I hope your car gets towed.

agreed, so +1; but that should be a***hole (‘arse’ has four letters)

dph dph 12:49 pm 17 Oct 12

If you park in visitor parking in a private complex, you’re a f***ing a**hole. I hope your car gets towed.

Leo61 Leo61 11:40 am 17 Oct 12

There are spots in the Phillip Oval carpark off Ainsworth St. The oval tends not to be used during the week so it shouldn’t bother anyone. It’s no more than 10 mins walk to the Town Centre.

joeyjo joeyjo 9:58 pm 21 Jul 10

Just cycle in. There are great bike lanes leading to Woden. If you wear gloves and a warm jacket it’s really no problem even in the middle of winter. You warm up pretty quickly once you get moving. Also, the endorphin rush in the morning is better than coffee.

Sgt.Bungers Sgt.Bungers 9:11 am 16 Jul 10

Park in Mawson. Walk 20 minutes. Save on gym membership as well.

farq farq 9:33 pm 14 Jul 10

indigoid said :

Roadworthy, year-old, Honda CT110 (Postie!) examples with rego regularly go for $1500-odd on Pickles, and they’re an awesome commuter bike. If I didn’t already have four other bikes in the garage I’d buy one 🙂

I would ride a bike, except my loved ones would worry too much.

Too many serious accidents involve bikes in this town. Every motorbike commuter I know at work has at least been knocked down at the lights. Two guys I know at work have had been seriously injured on motor bikes riding to work (one required almost a year off).

Don’t get me wrong, I love riding motorbikes they are almost too much fun.

farq farq 9:18 pm 14 Jul 10

Daspuck said :

The driving after another car goes through is also pretty funny, but it’d be more of a “one off” sort of thing rather than a day to day thing. Give it a go anyway

You have to see the damage done to the boom gates recently because of people pulling this trick.

Parking in this town is a really bad joke. The government can not make public transport a viable alternative, so it tries it’s very best to driving to work impossible.

OP: Personally, I park in the suburbs and walk in. Even a 30min walk each way is still faster than catching that useless excuse for a bus network.

indigoid indigoid 7:42 pm 14 Jul 10

Roadworthy, year-old, Honda CT110 (Postie!) examples with rego regularly go for $1500-odd on Pickles, and they’re an awesome commuter bike. If I didn’t already have four other bikes in the garage I’d buy one 🙂

Funky1 Funky1 6:17 pm 14 Jul 10

You said :

Step 1 – Go and get your motorbike license.

Step 2 – Buy yourself a cheapo 250cc bike.

Step 3 – Park for free anywhere in Canberra.

Step 4 – Profit.

Has anyone actually tried to find a cheap motorcycle for sale?
No such thing! Even a 250cc bike is demanding a premium price these days.
🙁

stormboy stormboy 3:19 pm 14 Jul 10

Sorry to disappoint Palifox but the land behind the squash courts is unleased Territory land. And sorry to disappoint those that park there but things are about to change.

indigoid indigoid 12:56 pm 14 Jul 10

Yep, get a motorbike. Free and convenient parking was something I never even contemplated as a possible benefit of riding bikes, but after three years I would have to say that it is the second-biggest win I’ve experienced. The biggest win is the fun factor, of course 🙂

A warning, though: don’t be deluded into thinking bikes are usefully cheaper unless you are (a) riding a very cheap-to-run (and I don’t mean just fuel!) bike, (b) doing a lot of riding, and (c) taking the time to service it yourself.

I rode about 40000km between March ’09 and March ’10. Despite taking significant care to conserve fuel and tyres, it didn’t cost much less than a modern car at all. Further, the distance-based tax exemptions (eg. $0.58/km for 1.6L or smaller engines) available to people using cars for work travel DO NOT APPLY to motorcyclists. With ~30000km of that travel being for work (and I mean actually traveling for work, not just a tax dodge) this actually bit me fairly badly.

Also flat tyres are a pain in the arse (not to mention dangerous!) when riding a bike. I’ve had three this year alone — one front and two rears. Very glad I had a roadside assist plan

Erg0 Erg0 11:18 am 14 Jul 10

caf said :

Parking in the vistors parking of apartments / townhouses is pretty damn scummy.

+1

Also, the amateur parking police in my block have told me that it’s trespassing, since the visitor parking is on private land.

cleo cleo 1:00 am 14 Jul 10

Now if you lived in Newcastle you wouldn’t have to pay to park, lucky buggers!

MrPC MrPC 10:08 pm 13 Jul 10

Stick a bike rack on the back of your car. Park anywhere a few km away and ride the last few km in a couple of minutes. Most offices provide secure bike parking and showers in case you need one.

JessP JessP 9:22 pm 13 Jul 10

Find a mate who catches the bus and use Park n Ride. Hee hee.

Palifox Palifox 8:05 pm 13 Jul 10

For around 6 weeks perhaps 3 dozen cars have been parked on the triangle of land by the Aussie rules football ground, near the squash courts on Launceston Street. This is land belonging to the football people and the parking inspectors can’t or don’t go on it. It’s full by 9am. This probably can’t last but those who have been using it could have saved around $200 by now.

There are also a number of reserves along Woden creek, opposite the school / college. Also on the Lyons side of Melrose Drive. I do not know what the legalities of using these would be. You could probably get away with it if you were not there every day and didn’t talk about it. The question might be whether there is any law that says you can’t park there.

Several years ago a few people were parking as far away as Renwick Street in Chifley, that lasted about three months and “No Parking” signs went up.

caf caf 6:40 pm 13 Jul 10

Parking in the vistors parking of apartments / townhouses is pretty damn scummy.

grumpyrhonda grumpyrhonda 5:42 pm 13 Jul 10

You said :

Holden Caulfield said :

pete74au said :

Buy a motorcycle and there is a stack of convenient free parking

The money saved can go towards your private health care needs.

Or we can pursuade the ACT government to teach drivers how to not hit motorcyclists so often…

Oh so true!

BenMac BenMac 5:41 pm 13 Jul 10

Next to the Plaza loading dock. Cars park on the dirt area right next to the enterance to the dock, and never get fined. Although like all others, it fills up quickly.

You You 5:13 pm 13 Jul 10

Holden Caulfield said :

pete74au said :

Buy a motorcycle and there is a stack of convenient free parking

The money saved can go towards your private health care needs.

Or we can pursuade the ACT government to teach drivers how to not hit motorcyclists so often…

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