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Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done

By Alexandra Craig - 9 September 2014 57

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Braddon is one of the fastest growing town centres in Canberra and while this is not going to be another article advocating for an IGA (however a recent survey found that around 80% of respondents are in favour of a supermarket in Braddon, just saying), this is an article advocating for greater parking availability.

Parking in Braddon is scarce – it’s on the verge of being non-existent. I am lucky enough that I live within easy walking distance to Lonsdale Street, and even luckier that my house has allocated parking so I don’t have to worry about parking on the street. However if I’m meeting up with non-Braddon residents for lunch, nine times out of ten they will be late because they’re not able to find a parking spot. Unless you’re one of the super lucky ones to nab a park in the small parking lot of about 20 spots (Haig Park, next to the big yellow Mandalay Bus), you’ll be fighting for a street park on Lonsdale or Mort Street – dizzy from doing laps around the block.

While friends being late for lunch and driving around in circles is frustrating for all parties, it is obviously not the most hugely inconvenient situation we’ll face in life and we can deal with it. So what about the businesses that are impacted? How does this affect them?

Adam Ciaccia from Axis Hairdressing took to Twitter in late August to express his frustration at the lack of parking. On average, four Axis clients per week are forced to cancel their appointments at the last minute because they’re unable to find a parking spot. Four customers per week, at an average cost of $250 per person is $1000 per week in sales lost by Axis. In one year, this will cost Axis – a local small business – around $48,000. This is a huge cut from their sales. Based on the minimum award rate, a loss of $48,000 each year is the cost of wages for a couple of junior apprentice hairdressers on the Axis staff. Before I lived within walking distance, I used to arrive about 30 minutes prior to my appointment with Axis because I was so worried about not being able to find a car spot. On multiple occasions I only just found a parking spot in time. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to drive around for 30 minutes looking for a parking spot like I had.

What can be done to increase parking in an already established town centre? Build on what you’ve got. I would be in strong favour of the parking lot next to the Mandalay Bus being extended to take up some of the largely unused Haig Park, however I suspect some may not like the idea of taking any amount of greenery away and replacing it with concrete.  Perhaps we build up instead? Use a similar perimeter to the current parking lot and build a multi-storey parking lot. It might only fit about 50-100 extra parking spots due to height restrictions that might be in place but it would definitely make a noticeable difference for visitors.

With a new business opening up every few months, it can be guaranteed that Braddon is not slowing down. It’s thriving with every new day and parking should be a priority.

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Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done
Alexandra Craig 2:28 pm 09 Sep 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

We know from Alexandra’s previous IGA article, that yes, she is too lazy to walk the extra distance to Supabarn in the city centre or the IGA in the bus interchange, so no surprises there.

Since when have ALL the parks in the Canberra Centre multi-stories been full, at ANY time? I’ve never gone in at lunch time and failed to get a park there.

If you are elederly, with poor mobility, then this is a regular conundrum you face. Surely you would make the decision to go to a hairdresser or location which has convenient parking instead? As to having a bad back/leg for the day. Reschedule for a day you are better, or, as above, choose a business for this occassion which has better accessibility.

It’s the price you pay for Canberra’s CBD becoming bigger, denser and more popular. It now faces the same issues that most other capital city CBD’s do, which is that you can’t drive through it and park right outside the shop you want…

Ghettosmurf87 said :

P.s, WHO was it that you surveyed in regards to the Braddon IGA?

I’ll repeat myself once again – this is NOT about me. I walk everywhere in Braddon. I don’t need parking. This is about the small business affected.

Re the supermarket – because I like to support independent business, I do a decent shop whenever I visit one. If you want independent grocery stores to exist, you need to buy more than a litre of milk or a loaf of bread once a week there. A decent shop is about 4 or 5 bags worth in my opinion. Unless you’re a body builder – I highly doubt you’d be happy to walk 2 kilometres (I live near Lonsdale Street, not on it) from the IGA in the bus interchange with that many bags on your arms.

The survey was done by Canberra City Residents. I am not affiliated with this group, nor was I one of the people surveyed. Here’s a link to a news story regarding the survey’s findings: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/braddon-backs-local-grocery-in-lonsdale-street-vicinity-20140904-10c8w1.html

Kalliste 2:07 pm 09 Sep 14

This feels like another case of being lazy. It makes me think people that complain about the parking in Dickson because they can’t get a spot on Wooley street and the other carparks (woolworths, tradies, pool, transact) are just too far.

I went to Axis a month or so ago, I work down near Fenner Hall, I didn’t have a parking issue because I took the 10 mins to walk up. If I ever want to go somewhere in Braddon during the day I just catch the bus or walk (same for if I want to go into the city). It’s not really that big of a deal. If I do go with someone in a car there’s always been a spot to park, it just depends on how far you’re willing to walk and sometimes some luck on Lonsdale street.

dkNigs 1:39 pm 09 Sep 14

“Adam Ciaccia from Axis Hairdressing took to Twitter in late August to express his frustration at the lack of parking. “

Been fixed, now all the public accessible parking at Mode 3 has been handed over to the ACT govt instead of body corp, is now $3 an hour with one hour maximum, and parking inspectors are literally walking in circles around the building. The building next door is also almost ready to open, as well as the building next to Civic Pub getting closer. The civic pub building has been happening for so long I’m not sure if it’s adding to parking beyond releasing the street parking it has taken, but the new one next to Mode 3 will definitely be adding to Braddon parking.

I live in Braddon, and think anyone bitching and moaning for an IGA is incredibly lazy. Seriously Supabarn isn’t that far. Try living in Giralang like I did previously with a condemned shop that can’t be developed.

As for Haig Park, it’s well overdue for a rejuvenation, disgusting near un-usable place, and with the street lights out every couple of weeks minimum not really a safe place to travel through.

pink little birdie 1:20 pm 09 Sep 14

I can’t wait for hopscotch to stop being the hipster bar. (Apperently ex Sydney people.like it because of the beer garden?) I want my parking back in front of civic pub (at 5 on Sundays) the only park available was a disabled spot.
On the bright side if Monday parking comes back there will be an endless supply of terrible hipster parking not in actual car parks.

Pitchka 1:12 pm 09 Sep 14

Alexandra Craig said :

Postalgeek said :

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

Then perhaps some existing spots should be turned into disabled parking spots and heavily policed.

I don’t think you can get a disabled parking permit if you just have a bad back or leg – or if you’re old.

Prerequisite, from what i’ve seen, in order to obtain a disabled parking permit, is obesity.

Stack on the kgs, get a permit, no worries.

Ghettosmurf87 12:22 pm 09 Sep 14

P.s, WHO was it that you surveyed in regards to the Braddon IGA?

Ghettosmurf87 12:22 pm 09 Sep 14

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

We know from Alexandra’s previous IGA article, that yes, she is too lazy to walk the extra distance to Supabarn in the city centre or the IGA in the bus interchange, so no surprises there.

Since when have ALL the parks in the Canberra Centre multi-stories been full, at ANY time? I’ve never gone in at lunch time and failed to get a park there.

If you are elederly, with poor mobility, then this is a regular conundrum you face. Surely you would make the decision to go to a hairdresser or location which has convenient parking instead? As to having a bad back/leg for the day. Reschedule for a day you are better, or, as above, choose a business for this occassion which has better accessibility.

It’s the price you pay for Canberra’s CBD becoming bigger, denser and more popular. It now faces the same issues that most other capital city CBD’s do, which is that you can’t drive through it and park right outside the shop you want…

Maya123 11:48 am 09 Sep 14

Alexandra Craig said :

Postalgeek said :

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

Then perhaps some existing spots should be turned into disabled parking spots and heavily policed.

I don’t think you can get a disabled parking permit if you just have a bad back or leg – or if you’re old.

If it’s bad enough I’m sure you can, and many elderly people have disabled stickers, if they can’t walk very far.

Alexandra Craig 11:44 am 09 Sep 14

Postalgeek said :

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

Then perhaps some existing spots should be turned into disabled parking spots and heavily policed.

I don’t think you can get a disabled parking permit if you just have a bad back or leg – or if you’re old.

Postalgeek 11:20 am 09 Sep 14

Alexandra Craig said :

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

Then perhaps some existing spots should be turned into disabled parking spots and heavily policed.

ausbradr 10:15 am 09 Sep 14

Cycle to Braddon? No worries.

Alexandra Craig 9:48 am 09 Sep 14

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Middle of the day and those car parks are full. It’s not about being lazy. If you read the article you’d see that I walk everywhere in Braddon so I’m not upset about parking for myself, I’m thinking of the local businesses involved.

Also, some people don’t have the physical capacity to walk that far, even if there were spots available. Some people are elderly, others might just have a really bad leg or back.

davo101 9:35 am 09 Sep 14

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Holden Caulfield 9:16 am 09 Sep 14

Hosinator said :

You live in Braddon and drive a car…you’re not hipster enough please leave.
On a serious note all city centres have difficulty with parking shortages.
If you think opening up a few hundred more parking spaces will do anything, your deluded. Those car parks will be used and taken up by others driving around looking for somewhere to park.

As to AXIS, they made a commercial decision to be located in that spot and now they can deal with the consequences. Employ a valet and charge $500 a haircut.

+1

The solution is pretty simple, though, as it was with the IGA “dilemma”. And that is park at the Canberra Centre and spend the 5-10 minutes you would have spent looking for a park walking to your Braddon lunch appointment.

It’s all of 600m from the pedestrian crossing near Cream to Debacle on Lonsdale Street.

Seriously, you’d think with how smart and clever Gen Y keeps telling everyone they are that they might be able to find their own solution to these tough life decisions.

Yes, more convenient parking in Braddon would be handy, but if a public underground space was available we’d then be hearing complaints about how expensive it is.

Of more importance to Braddon is finding a way to stop the seemingly inevitable end to the current welcome amalgam of mixed businesses and architecture to four blocks of Mode 3 buildings and a couple of petrol stations.

Hosinator 8:49 am 09 Sep 14

You live in Braddon and drive a car…you’re not hipster enough please leave.
On a serious note all city centres have difficulty with parking shortages.
If you think opening up a few hundred more parking spaces will do anything, your deluded. Those car parks will be used and taken up by others driving around looking for somewhere to park.

As to AXIS, they made a commercial decision to be located in that spot and now they can deal with the consequences. Employ a valet and charge $500 a haircut.

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