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Parking a problem at Ainslie shops

By wildturkeycanoe - 21 October 2016 38

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Ainslie shops parking has been always pretty average but now on certain days it is a nightmare. My wife works there on random hours and now, even though she leaves early because of the chaos across Northbourne, she can’t get a park anywhere on Wednesdays. All the side streets are limited time, so unuseful.

The solution? Buses won’t work as she could be called in with only an hour’s notice but buses take over an hour to get there. Yesterday, she had to take a limited stay spot and hope to not get booked. Fridays are also quite bad. What else can one do but hope not to get booked and lose the day’s pay to the government. I have no confidence in the government or “fix my street”, they seldom respond beyond the automated email reply and prefer to push people onto public transport, regardless if it is useful or not.

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38 Responses to
Parking a problem at Ainslie shops
1
rommeldog56 11:41 am
21 Oct 16
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The tram will fix it………?????

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Charlotte Harper 11:45 am
21 Oct 16
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I had this very problem yesterday. We drove around the block twice to try to find a spot and eventually found one near the park behind the shops. It’s a common problem at Griffith, Manuka, Kingston and Civic, too.

I wish I could cycle or take the bus, but given I travel all over the city for work and have to ferry kids around at the start and end of the day, that’s not possible for me at the moment.

Carpooling is, though. In recent days I have been able to hitch a ride with colleagues a fair bit, which has been excellent.

Uber and taxis are great if you can afford them.

Another option for those who are able is to park a few blocks away and use a fold-up scooter to get to and from the car. I have done this a bit in Braddon and can recommend it.

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Holden Caulfield 12:29 pm
21 Oct 16
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O’Connor Shops, Kingston Shops, Griffith Shops and similar; copy, paste, repeat.

4
runtheredlight 2:15 pm
21 Oct 16
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What about parking in the dirt lot on Angas Street, opposite Goodwin Ainslie, behind Majura Oval and walking to the shops?

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No_Nose 3:31 pm
21 Oct 16
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Don’t worry, haven’t you heard?

Soon every citizen of the ACT will have a tram passing their front door every 2.4 minutes direct to every other location in the ACT…and it will be free (to ride and to build)…and there will be a complimentary soft-serve ice-cream dispenser on board.

Or something like that.

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Tenpoints 4:23 pm
21 Oct 16
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Multi-mode transit is probably your best bet. Park just outside the limited parking area and walk or ride the rest of the way. Or park near the bus route and catch the bus the rest of the way.

“Fix my street” is for reporting maintenance issues, not “more parking please”.

Perhaps you could doorknock and potentially reach an agreement with a nearby neighbour for permission to park on their property, for a nominal weekly fee?

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Leon Arundell 5:42 pm
21 Oct 16
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I’m sure there are plenty of streets in Ainslie with unlimited parking, if she is prepared to walk.

8
Maryann Mussared 6:09 pm
21 Oct 16
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I genuinely feel for people who need to park for the day to access their workplace. Sometimes it is not even a case of finding an all day free parking spot, but even finding a paid parking spot. I remember my indignation when paid parking was introduced in Deakin in 1989, then it followed me to Belconnen Town Centre a decade later. Unfortunately it isn’t going to get any better. Along with the tram, which won’t arrive soon enough, our progressive government needs to come up with an integrated transport strategy for the 21st century that gets more people around all the time, not just in peak hours and not just on the set commuter routes. The fold-up scooter has its merits and I have friends who swear by their electric bicycles.

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Masquara 7:08 pm
21 Oct 16
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There’s always parking right behind the Ainslie Shops! I have never not found a park there. 90 per cent of the time I find a park out the front.

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wildturkeycanoe 10:19 pm
21 Oct 16
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Masquara said :

There’s always parking right behind the Ainslie Shops! I have never not found a park there. 90 per cent of the time I find a park out the front.

Not on Wednesdays any more, some parents/mothers group has increased the numbers and driving around the block and side streets 3 times didn’t produce any vacancies.
The new plan is to arrive an hour earlier to give plenty of time to find a spot.
Walking 3 blocks from some dirt car park isn’t ideal. Getting a bus part of the way won’t help either, as unless you catch it from Belconnen, any further on the route you have even worse issues with finding parking such as Civic and Braddon. Then you pay for fuel,bus fare and parking. That would cost more than the product of one hour of work which sometimes happens because of client cancellations or a slow day.
I think the only solution the government will implement is paid parking, just like everywhere else that has had parking issues.

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carnardly 12:16 am
22 Oct 16
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drove around the block twice? why don’t you go 4 or 5 blocks away and you can find one easily. people just expect to be able to park right the the front door.

buy a fold up bike for a few hundred bucks. ride it, or ride it part way with public transport. it will have paid for itself in a short time and any time you ride it after that is ‘profit’.

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Masquara 10:59 am
22 Oct 16
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Dear Rioters, you shouldnt post pro public transport AND then complain about not being able to park handily! Personally, I am pro car.

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wildturkeycanoe 12:30 pm
22 Oct 16
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carnardly said :

drove around the block twice?

why don’t you go 4 or 5 blocks away and you can find one easily. people just expect to be able to park right the the front door.

buy a fold up bike for a few hundred bucks.

ride it, or ride it part way with public transport. it will have paid for itself in a short time and any time you ride it after that is ‘profit’.

The original problem as I mentioned, was that using public transport, including cycling, isn’t an option as a client may book an hour before the allotted time spot. This means you need to drive in order to get there in time. Belconnen to Ainslie is far quicker in private vehicle and you need to be there at least half an hour early to prepare for the appointment. Bus will not do that, nor will cycling or a combination especially in the rain. Walking 4 or 5 blocks in summer is not practical, especially when you can’t show up smelling of b.o. and aren’t allowed to use perfume or strong anti perspirants for sensitive noses.
A normal 9 to 5 job fine, for part time/casual/contract work it isn’t possible and you need to park nearby.

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Masquara 1:12 pm
22 Oct 16
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wildturkeycanoe said :

carnardly said :

drove around the block twice?

why don’t you go 4 or 5 blocks away and you can find one easily. people just expect to be able to park right the the front door.

buy a fold up bike for a few hundred bucks.

ride it, or ride it part way with public transport. it will have paid for itself in a short time and any time you ride it after that is ‘profit’.

The original problem as I mentioned, was that using public transport, including cycling, isn’t an option as a client may book an hour before the allotted time spot. This means you need to drive in order to get there in time. Belconnen to Ainslie is far quicker in private vehicle and you need to be there at least half an hour early to prepare for the appointment. Bus will not do that, nor will cycling or a combination especially in the rain. Walking 4 or 5 blocks in summer is not practical, especially when you can’t show up smelling of b.o. and aren’t allowed to use perfume or strong anti perspirants for sensitive noses.
A normal 9 to 5 job fine, for part time/casual/contract work it isn’t possible and you need to park nearby.

Ebden St is three minutes walk away – one block – with limitless free parking.

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Maya123 1:15 pm
22 Oct 16
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wildturkeycanoe said :

carnardly said :

drove around the block twice?

why don’t you go 4 or 5 blocks away and you can find one easily. people just expect to be able to park right the the front door.

buy a fold up bike for a few hundred bucks.

ride it, or ride it part way with public transport. it will have paid for itself in a short time and any time you ride it after that is ‘profit’.

The original problem as I mentioned, was that using public transport, including cycling, isn’t an option as a client may book an hour before the allotted time spot. This means you need to drive in order to get there in time. Belconnen to Ainslie is far quicker in private vehicle and you need to be there at least half an hour early to prepare for the appointment. Bus will not do that, nor will cycling or a combination especially in the rain. Walking 4 or 5 blocks in summer is not practical, especially when you can’t show up smelling of b.o. and aren’t allowed to use perfume or strong anti perspirants for sensitive noses.
A normal 9 to 5 job fine, for part time/casual/contract work it isn’t possible and you need to park nearby.

Book what…client of what…if I am allowed to ask, or you are willing to say?

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