I will be moving to a rental accommodation for a year. The nearest train station to the city (V-Line) is 7 kms away - one way.
Considering I don't have to travel to the city a lot due to flexible working arrangements, I don't see this as a big issue. But on the odd days that I do have to travel; I was wondering what are my best options. The nearest bus station is like 4 kms away. Not sure if the stops will be extended to the estate I am moving to, but that surely will be a few months/years away. In any case, I am not too keen to rely on buses that might ply only once in 20-25 mins (probably more).
Naturally, my most preferred option is driving. But I read that the car-park at the train station is generally full by 7:30 AM (even during COVID). Am I legally allowed to park in a nearby street and walk from there?
Other options include getting a bike, electric bike or an electric scooter. I am not sure if Electric scooters are safe and can handle 7 kms one away. Also, I am pretty sure I won't have bike lanes through the whole stretch to ride safely on the road in a two-wheeler. E-bikes should be fine as long as I get the caged-parking in the train station. Final option is to get a 2-wheeler licence and ride a Vespa or a Yamaha 100cc motor scooter. Parking in the station should be fine due to dedicated motorcycle parking spots? (Have to check whether these fill in too). All the 3 have downsides in the form of road safety.
Eager to hear your thoughts for similar commute distances and options.
State is VIC. Suburb is Armstrong Creek. Reason I am moving this far from the station is because it is closer to work for my partner (who has to travel daily to work).
Thanks for your opinions, folks! I am happy I got to hear you out instead of directly splurging on a bike/scooter/train station.
The reason I didn't add Uber as an option is because I don't expect it to be available on short notice in this suburb.