Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Simon Corbell, today reminded residents in Canberra’s south that additional facilities are now available at the recently expanded Park and Ride in Mawson to cope with its increasing popularity.
“Bike and Ride, and Park and Ride facilities were launched in Mawson on Athllon Drive in January 2010 providing 97 parking spaces and 18 secure bike lockers,” Mr Corbell said.
“From the day it opened, Park and Ride opportunities at Mawson has been in high demand with the free car park often reaching full capacity before 8.30 am on weekdays.
“In response, the ACT Government has invested $550,000 to double the capacity of the car park providing an additional 90 parking spaces. This funding also includes the provision of a new bike storage cage that can hold up to 24 bikes at a time.
“Ten of the existing bicycle lockers at Mawson have been relocated to areas in Canberra where demand for lockers is high, including the new Park and Ride facility on Flemington Road in Mitchell.”
“The Mawson facility is just a short walk from the local shops and is located next to the Athllon Drive bus stop. Buses service this route every five minutes during peak periods and every 10 minutes during off-peak times.”
Mr Corbell encouraged Canberrans to use the many Park and Ride and Bike and Ride facilities which provide increased travel options for people to and from work, school and home.
“Park and Ride and Bike and Ride facilities provide people with the opportunity to park their car for free or secure their bike in a locker or cage, and catch a bus for the rest of their journey to work,” Mr Corbell said.
“We now have 13 Park and Ride facilities in the ACT located in Tuggeranong, Woden, Belconnen and now in Gungahlin on Flemington Road. Bike and Ride facilities are available at several of these locations.
“Bike and Ride facilities have made combining a bike ride with your bus trip easy, environmentally friendly and a healthy way to get around the city. I encourage southside residents to make use of the additional facilities in Mawson.”
Investigations are currently underway to construct more park and ride facilities within Gungahlin.
For more information about park and ride facilities visit http://www.transport.act.gov.au/