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Parking availability Civic West side?

By Flo 26 October 2010 30

Does anyone know of any free or reasonably priced all day parking around civic on the west side?

My company has moved to Gould Street Civic.


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carnardly 4:48 pm 27 Oct 10

I don’t get that – pay for petrol money and a bus fare? Why not catch a bus from home? I’m glad my legs aren’t just painted on.

Erg0 9:52 am 27 Oct 10

Ryan said :

Park at the Hyatt for free and buy a 10 ride bus ticket and get the bus into the city from the Albert Hall stop. Ends up being about $5 a day which is cheaper than anything in the city, and it is right along the intertown route so you never have to wait long to get a bus.

And on the suitable days, it’s a very nice walk across the bridge and into the city.

I thought this was a pretty well-known trick, I mentioned it in the Barton parking thread last week. I doubt that it’s coincidental that the Treasury car park started filling earlier when parking charges went up in the city.

platinum 8:46 am 27 Oct 10

Thank you Ryan!

Hells_Bells74 7:02 pm 26 Oct 10

Wow, Ryan.. did you need to wipe your face just now?

The amount of cyber kisses you would’ve just got!

xoxo
<<<< is not one to be left out 🙂

rosscoact 6:09 pm 26 Oct 10

By my calculation it costs $2500 for parking. That means that I’m $1000 better off driving my two tonne 4WD to work than the person who takes the $1500 carparking allowance.

cool

Ryan 5:32 pm 26 Oct 10

Park at the Hyatt for free and buy a 10 ride bus ticket and get the bus into the city from the Albert Hall stop. Ends up being about $5 a day which is cheaper than anything in the city, and it is right along the intertown route so you never have to wait long to get a bus.

And on the suitable days, it’s a very nice walk across the bridge and into the city.

busgirl 4:54 pm 26 Oct 10

Ok, so I did just RTFM….I still don’t agree with you.

Sammy 4:50 pm 26 Oct 10

There’s free parking over near the statue of the Unicorn. But is it a statue?

busgirl 4:49 pm 26 Oct 10

Postalgeek said :

busgirl said :

Morons….some (able-bodied) people can’t ride to work (push-bike, motorbike, or scooter) because they have to drop children off at school or day-care on their way to work. Do you suggest they all just hop on each others shoulders for the trip? Or how about strapping them to the old pack-rack? Also, if ever parents are called to come and pick up their child early as they are sick, being able to hop in the car and drive straight there is preferable to treddling home first to get the car then go pick them up. It’s just not practical.

Single. Single, single, single. RTFM.

Anyway I’m a parent and I either drop the kids off to the nearby daycare, nip home and then ride, or use a trailer. And if cars are so indispensable for parents, I’d imagine they would be the last ones to criticise a push to free up parking and roads for those who have genuine need. But no, they seem to whinge most of all.

Double moron!!! I’m neither single nor a parent…I just happen to be a bit more empathetic towards other people’s plights. How lucky for you that your daycare is ‘nearby’ and you can just ‘nip’ home to grab the bike. You must just love your living guts!

Postalgeek 3:18 pm 26 Oct 10

busgirl said :

Morons….some (able-bodied) people can’t ride to work (push-bike, motorbike, or scooter) because they have to drop children off at school or day-care on their way to work. Do you suggest they all just hop on each others shoulders for the trip? Or how about strapping them to the old pack-rack? Also, if ever parents are called to come and pick up their child early as they are sick, being able to hop in the car and drive straight there is preferable to treddling home first to get the car then go pick them up. It’s just not practical.

Single. Single, single, single. RTFM.

Anyway I’m a parent and I either drop the kids off to the nearby daycare, nip home and then ride, or use a trailer. And if cars are so indispensable for parents, I’d imagine they would be the last ones to criticise a push to free up parking and roads for those who have genuine need. But no, they seem to whinge most of all.

Keijidosha 3:15 pm 26 Oct 10

busgirl said :

Morons….some (able-bodied) people can’t ride to work (push-bike, motorbike, or scooter) because they have to drop children off at school or day-care on their way to work. Do you suggest they all just hop on each others shoulders for the trip? Or how about strapping them to the old pack-rack? Also, if ever parents are called to come and pick up their child early as they are sick, being able to hop in the car and drive straight there is preferable to treddling home first to get the car then go pick them up. It’s just not practical.

Well it didn’t take long for someone to wheel out the excuse of children in order to lament their parking woes.

Some years ago a (most likely smug) bike owner invented a device called the bike rack, allowing any person to carry a bike on the back of their vehicle. Said person could potentially park in a cheap/free car parking area within a kilometer or two of their workplace and take a leisurely ride to work – a trip that would take no longer than five minutes. (Which unless you were a morbid chair shiner isn’t nearly long enough to raise a sweat.) If little Johnny/Janey gets sick at school then it is only a quick pedal to your petrol-powered rescue chariot.

The only morons are those who fail to think outside of the square.

Oscillate Wildly 3:12 pm 26 Oct 10

Keijidosha said :

I fail to see how cycling could not be practical for any able-bodied person.

Possible reasons:

– Having a job in which you need to carry around large items which won’t fit on a bike

– Living too far away to cycle to work in less than a couple of hours

– As busgirl pointed out, having children who need to be dropped off/picked up from school

– Working in a job that requires you to run between buildings in different parts of Canberra during the day

– Concerns about safety when cycling alone in the early morning/evening.

As for motorcycles and scooters, not everyone is comfortable with riding these – do you really want nervous motorcyclists on the road? And if enough people start riding motorcycles they will begin to be charged for parking anyway.

Holden Caulfield 2:44 pm 26 Oct 10

troll-sniffer said :

My little treadlie lets me park for free, east west north and south. Every day. Means I spend up to $2400 per annum less than my work colleagues, money freed up for whatever indulgence takes my fancy. Well worth a few minutes pedalling in the morning and afternoon. Did I mention how much I save on pointless gym fees as well? Didn’t I? Gee, i could go on and on but just this once I’ll refrain, and just sit here smug as usual.

A smug cyclist! Wonders never cease.

[/failure to resist the tasty looking bait left by troll-sniffer]

busgirl 2:31 pm 26 Oct 10

Morons….some (able-bodied) people can’t ride to work (push-bike, motorbike, or scooter) because they have to drop children off at school or day-care on their way to work. Do you suggest they all just hop on each others shoulders for the trip? Or how about strapping them to the old pack-rack? Also, if ever parents are called to come and pick up their child early as they are sick, being able to hop in the car and drive straight there is preferable to treddling home first to get the car then go pick them up. It’s just not practical.

Postalgeek 2:16 pm 26 Oct 10

beejay76 said :

Keijidosha said :

I fail to see how cycling could not be practical for any able-bodied person.

Lack of showers and/or lockers. Don’t want to be stinkin’ it up in the office all day.

It doesn’t preclude them from riding a motorcycle or scooter.

No farking sympathy whatsoever for able-bodied single people who insist that the only possible means to get from A to B is using a one ton vehicle, and then argue that anything less is unsafe because there are too many one ton vehicle on the road, or that Australia’s inclement weather is totally unsuitable for such exposed transport.

I tip my hat to the governments and companies that seek to fleece these people.

troll-sniffer said :

My little treadlie lets me park for free, east west north and south. Every day. Means I spend up to $2400 per annum less than my work colleagues, money freed up for whatever indulgence takes my fancy. Well worth a few minutes pedalling in the morning and afternoon. Did I mention how much I save on pointless gym fees as well? Didn’t I? Gee, i could go on and on but just this once I’ll refrain, and just sit here smug as usual.

Yse John, but think of your poor colleagues that have to sit next to you after you ride in.

beejay76 1:33 pm 26 Oct 10

Keijidosha said :

I fail to see how cycling could not be practical for any able-bodied person.

Lack of showers and/or lockers. Don’t want to be stinkin’ it up in the office all day.

Keijidosha 1:26 pm 26 Oct 10

I fail to see how cycling could not be practical for any able-bodied person.

taninaus 1:24 pm 26 Oct 10

sorry Flo – you will find great food and lunch options there and lots of office buildings but the parking is one of the worst any where – there is a small section of parking near the Turner Senior citz club on the street and in a dirt area (not sure of current prices) that would be more reasonable than in the middle – but you have to be an early worker to get those.

for those who drive, i wouldn’t wish city west on anyone.

Oscillate Wildly 1:11 pm 26 Oct 10

It’s great that some people are able to cycle to work, but keep in mind it’s simply not practical for everyone.

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