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Have Your Say in Belconnen Town Centre parking planning

By Damien Haas - 11 September 2013 32

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The Belconnen Community Council are conducting a survey to determine actual parking requirements in the Belconnen Town Centre.

We are holding a public meeting to begin our project to improve parking in Belconnen on Tuesday Sep 17th at Margaret Timpson park at 12.30PM. Look for the silver sculpture on the corner of Chandler St and Benjamin Way.

We are also conducting a survey to find out what future parking requirements are required. Please take our survey!

We want to hear from you if you live or work in Belconnen.

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damien haas 12:10 pm 15 Oct 13

The Belconnen parking issue will be discussed at tonights public forum of the BCC. It is on at 7.30PM at the Community Room above the Belconnen library.

Thanks to the over 200 people that have responded to the survey.

Aeek 7:55 pm 17 Sep 13

davo101 said :

Yes that was a particularly bright idea to replace the old-school bike parking with posts that are each fixed to a single paving stone.

The parking outside the Benjamin Way entrance is particularly poor. Two of those posts and one’s paver is loose Fortunately there is a set of U racks across the road from the corner entrance just along.

maxblues 6:09 pm 17 Sep 13

Deref said :

poetix said :

Deref said :

poetix said :

People dine in Belconnen?

Oh yes, Some of the best Asian restaurants in Canberra are in Belco.

I didn’t know, and it’s too far for a tipsy (bike-path) bike ride, as opposed to Dickson. What are the names of these restaurants?

Prince Palace is very good and the place next door (Too Yummy IIRC) is amazing! Monkey Magic’s good and across the road and upstairs there’s a Burmese place that’s absolutely delightful. Sorry to be so vague on the names. 🙁 But they’re all well worth the trip.

Monkey Magic has changed ownership and is now known as Hong Fa’s Palace…family run and the food seems very fresh. Across the road on the corner of Luxton & Josephson Streets is Phnom Penh Cambodian restaurant (not Burmese). Owner/chef, Sambat makes a wicked laksa. In the same block is Taj Agra Indian, well patronised and Canberra Cellars who have the best value Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (under $6). Best of all there is a free car park outside Taj Agra/Phnom Penh/Canberra Cellars.

gazket 3:21 pm 17 Sep 13

Aeek said :

gasman said :

Think outside the square, make Belco a city leader in alternative transport, and decrease the reliance on cars.

where can I park my horse

davo101 2:56 pm 17 Sep 13

gasman said :

At present, there is no safe way (continuous bike lane or bike path) to get from where I live to either Belco mall, Belco markets, CISAC or any of the Belco offices. I can get there by riding on footpaths, but that is an inadequate solution.

This is not just a Belconnen problem, in every other town centre the cycle facilities go as far the edge and then stop. They’re spending a bomb on fixing the problem around Civic but who knows how long it’ll take to do something at the others.

gasman said :

Belco mall has 3 sets of 5 bike parking racks, 4 of which have been vandalised.

Yes that was a particularly bright idea to replace the old-school bike parking with posts that are each fixed to a single paving stone.

Aeek 2:52 pm 17 Sep 13

gasman said :

Think outside the square, make Belco a city leader in alternative transport, and decrease the reliance on cars.

Thinking outside the box reminds me, that box has to go. The view from the lakeshore of the mall monolith is horrible. Westfield Mall needs to be demolished.

damien haas 2:07 pm 17 Sep 13

gasman said :

damien haas said :

The survey is going very well, over 100 responses so far.

Cyclists have been active on the survey, and we are not excluding their ‘rights’.
!

Its not so much about cyclists ‘rights’ (why did you put it ‘rights’ in inverted commas, by the way?).

Its more about thinking differently. By improving cycling infrastructure (which is comparatively inexpensive), you can reduce the need for extra car parking (comparatively expensive).

You can fit 100 bikes into 10 car parking spaces.

At present, there is no safe way (continuous bike lane or bike path) to get from where I live to either Belco mall, Belco markets, CISAC or any of the Belco offices. I can get there by riding on footpaths, but that is an inadequate solution. Ideally, I would like to ride my Danish cargo bike to do my shopping, but that is just not possible.

Belco mall has 3 sets of 5 bike parking racks, 4 of which have been vandalised.

By improving car access to any place, all that will happen is there will be more cars, until the increased capacity is also used. Back to original problem.

Think outside the square, make Belco a city leader in alternative transport, and decrease the reliance on cars.

We can take that feedback on board. Please fill out the survey and make that comment.

The public meeting went reasonably well considering it rained non-stop! We relocated to the walkway and attracted passing traffic. Yvette Berry MLA also attended and is keen to see the results of the survey.

gasman 12:06 pm 17 Sep 13

damien haas said :

The survey is going very well, over 100 responses so far.

Cyclists have been active on the survey, and we are not excluding their ‘rights’.
!

Its not so much about cyclists ‘rights’ (why did you put it ‘rights’ in inverted commas, by the way?).

Its more about thinking differently. By improving cycling infrastructure (which is comparatively inexpensive), you can reduce the need for extra car parking (comparatively expensive).

You can fit 100 bikes into 10 car parking spaces.

At present, there is no safe way (continuous bike lane or bike path) to get from where I live to either Belco mall, Belco markets, CISAC or any of the Belco offices. I can get there by riding on footpaths, but that is an inadequate solution. Ideally, I would like to ride my Danish cargo bike to do my shopping, but that is just not possible.

Belco mall has 3 sets of 5 bike parking racks, 4 of which have been vandalised.

By improving car access to any place, all that will happen is there will be more cars, until the increased capacity is also used. Back to original problem.

Think outside the square, make Belco a city leader in alternative transport, and decrease the reliance on cars.

damien haas 11:32 am 17 Sep 13

i just had a quick look at the survey – 142 responses.

35% of survey respondents park for 1-2 hours
42% park all day

damien haas 11:16 am 17 Sep 13

The survey is going very well, over 100 responses so far.

We will have large maps at the meeting today where you can illustrate your thoughts (concerning parking).

Cyclists have been active on the survey, and we are not excluding their ‘rights’.

The meeting is on today in glorious sunshine! Bring your lunch and listen to earnest community activists!

CicsoKid 5:18 pm 12 Sep 13

gazket said :

damien haas said :

gazket said :

7. How many people (apart from the driver) normally drive to work with you when you park at work?)

There is no 0 option.

You can skip the question if it doesnt apply.

but when I get out of the car it doesn’t drive back home by it’s self. I park it in Belco town centre

Ergo you now can not tell the total number of cars parked at work each day in the Belco town centre. The large majority of cars i see on the roads have just the one person in them, most presumably going to work and parking in this area, but not counted in your survey.

Waste of time filling it in don’t you think…

gazket 3:35 pm 12 Sep 13

damien haas said :

gazket said :

7. How many people (apart from the driver) normally drive to work with you when you park at work?)

There is no 0 option.

You can skip the question if it doesnt apply.

but when I get out of the car it doesn’t drive back home by it’s self. I park it in Belco town centre

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