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More parking the problem according to the Greens

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 40

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is concerned that construction of 500 parking places in the Parliamentary Triangle will be bad for transport.

“It might seem like the sale of land in the Parliamentary Triangle for a 500-space car space is a positive move, but we think that in the long run this will only entrench Canberra’s transport problems,” said Greens Transport spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan.

“Providing rapid, reliable and regular public transport from all over Canberra is the solution that will make the most difference. It is also the only way to battle the growing problems of congestion, parking, and emissions.”

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More parking the problem according to the Greens
Watson 6:29 pm 01 Jun 11

qbngeek said :

Well isn’t life sweet for some people. I fit into all those categories, I drop the 2 kids off, drop my wife off, drop my best mate off, then go to work. I park about 1.5km from where I work and walk the rest of the way to save on paying for parking and the walk is almost quicker than getting in the congestion to get to the carpark.

Then I do it all again on the way home.

If I get a bus it would take just over an hour and I would have to sit in a bus that is too hot or too cold, with people I don’t know as opposed to being in my car which is nice and comfortable and usually has people in it I want to see (with the exception of my wife :-))

I would love to not drive to work, but thats not happening unless the greens convince my boss to let me work from home.

I did state I was only playing devil’s advocate!

Anywho, you are clearly car pooling, so good on you.

I do think it is good to think about ways to avoid turning our town into something that looks like one giant carpark though.

Mysteryman 5:50 pm 01 Jun 11

“It might seem like the sale of land in the Parliamentary Triangle for a 500-space car space is a positive move, but we think that in the long run this will only entrench Canberra’s transport problems”

That’s because you’re a muppet. If you want people to use public transport, make it worthwhile to them. Reliable service that’s easily accessible. If you can’t provide that, don’t expect to force them onto a crappy system by not providing car parks.

qbngeek 4:32 pm 01 Jun 11

Watson said :

LeatherJen said :

What about all those parents who have to drop kids off and pick them up? Those people who car pool? Those people who don’t have a viable bus route?

Why does dropping off kids make a difference? I bring my daughter to school on the bike.

Well isn’t life sweet for some people. I fit into all those categories, I drop the 2 kids off, drop my wife off, drop my best mate off, then go to work. I park about 1.5km from where I work and walk the rest of the way to save on paying for parking and the walk is almost quicker than getting in the congestion to get to the carpark.

Then I do it all again on the way home.

If I get a bus it would take just over an hour and I would have to sit in a bus that is too hot or too cold, with people I don’t know as opposed to being in my car which is nice and comfortable and usually has people in it I want to see (with the exception of my wife :-))

I would love to not drive to work, but thats not happening unless the greens convince my boss to let me work from home.

Overheard 3:40 pm 01 Jun 11

zippyzippy said :

LeatherJen said :

What about all those parents who have to drop kids off and pick them up? Those people who car pool? Those people who don’t have a viable bus route?

Well, there’ll still be some parking there for people who have to drive. I think she’s just saying there’s a problem with building more and more car parks with the expectation that everyone will drive, and expecting that to be a solution. Instead, fix up the bus routes etc, give some proper solutions.

Unfortunately the best bus route system available to humankind still doesn’t work for people who have two to three employers/clients in any one day, and just don’t have the luxury of the time for public transit.

And same goes, no doubt, for commuting parents.

zippyzippy 3:34 pm 01 Jun 11

LeatherJen said :

What about all those parents who have to drop kids off and pick them up? Those people who car pool? Those people who don’t have a viable bus route?

Well, there’ll still be some parking there for people who have to drive. I think she’s just saying there’s a problem with building more and more car parks with the expectation that everyone will drive, and expecting that to be a solution. Instead, fix up the bus routes etc, give some proper solutions.

Overheard 3:34 pm 01 Jun 11

What JessP said.

I have a 10.30am-ish start tomorrow, but I’ll be in substantially earlier just to get a carpark. Little yellow envelopes are as prevalent as autumn leaves around here at the moment.

JessP 3:30 pm 01 Jun 11

Clearly she doesnt have to work in the Parliamentry triangle.

Growling Ferret 3:25 pm 01 Jun 11

Bring on pay parking in the triangle. $7 a day is a fair rate. Half the cost of Civic and the roughly the cost of a bus fare.

Watson 3:25 pm 01 Jun 11

LeatherJen said :

What about all those parents who have to drop kids off and pick them up? Those people who car pool? Those people who don’t have a viable bus route?

Why does dropping off kids make a difference? I bring my daughter to school on the bike.

If everyone would car pool, there would not be a parking problem either. And I believe this statement is exactly about catering for more bus routes to cater for more people.

I’m just playing devil’s advocate here. I drive the car to work most days. Though I did ride in today – and severely regret it now watching the clouds roll in.

zippyzippy 3:01 pm 01 Jun 11

Solidarity said :

No s*** sherlocks.

Now provide this transport.

Oh? Not feasible?

Typical Greens responce.

It’s totally feasible. I think it’s just the Government that’s saying it’s not feasible isn’t it? ie its the one that isn’t making it happen.

LeatherJen 2:37 pm 01 Jun 11

What about all those parents who have to drop kids off and pick them up? Those people who car pool? Those people who don’t have a viable bus route?

alaninoz 2:36 pm 01 Jun 11

Gotta say something, anything, to keep your name in the media.

Chop71 2:27 pm 01 Jun 11

The greens are like Mrs Chop —- Always have a gripe with somthin’

Solidarity 2:24 pm 01 Jun 11

No s*** sherlocks.

Now provide this transport.

Oh? Not feasible?

Typical Greens responce.

Watson 2:19 pm 01 Jun 11

I do agree with her but oh, how I love a conveniently located carpark when I’m driving!

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