Cyclists in Pennant Hills and Epping have been handed $5 million to design a local cycle track and get a route that will deliver safety and comfort to a wide range of users.
It comes as a huge relief to cyclists who have been using a route that is downright dangerous and means Pennant Hills and Epping ill finally be connected by a path which is user-friendly for anyone on wheels or foot.
Damien Tudehope MP for Epping announced that the Cycleway from Pennant Hills to Epping will receive $5.1 million from the NSW Government Cycling Infrastructure Fund, on the proviso it gets done by 2020.
The proposal, for a Shared User Path between Pennant Hills and Epping (preferred route below), will also accommodate parents with prams, kids on scooters and bikes, pedestrians, people with disabilities using wheelchairs and the elderly on mobility scooters.
“I am delighted to see this project moving ahead, after years of working with the Pennant Hills Civic Trust our perseverance is finally paying dividends.” said Damien Tudehope.
Hornsby Council is currently in the planning phase to develop and build the cycleway, with a feasibility study to determine the best route currently underway. While it’s not yet known how many people will avail themselves of a new track, local schools and sports clubs have expressed wishes to see a path that means more kids can cycle to school and adults to work.
Andrew Wilson, a cyclist from the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust who was instrumental to the project as he first approached Mr Tudehope about a cycle path in 2015, said the best route “would use the flatter rail access road from Pennant Hills to beecroft to avoid big hills.”
Various routes will be considered by Council. “We’re all delighted that we’ve had this success getting the money from government,” he said. “This will allow hundreds of kids and adults each week to access the fantastic sports facilities at Pennant Hills Park by cycle instead of by ‘mum’s taxi’. We hope to use the rail access road from Hampden Road in Pennant Hills to Sutherland Road in Beecroft as this is the flatter route.
“Now it’s a case of fine tuning the route. It’s exciting as when it is finished it will be connecting this part of Sydney with the rest of western Sydney.”
The community’s preferred route for the Cycleway
From the pedestrian bridge over Pennant Hills Rd at the top of Hampden Rd, the preferred route goes along the rail access road in the rail corridor, east of the rail line to Sutherland Rd Beecroft, then past Beecroft Station, behind Beecroft Community Centre and tennis courts, along The Crescent past Cheltenham Girls High and Cheltenham Station, Old Beecroft Rd, over the M2, through the tunnel under the railway to Cambridge St Epping and Epping Station. From Epping it links to bike routes to Macquarie University, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Carlingford, North Rocks and Parramatta.