$5m for new Pen­nant Hills to Ep­ping cy­cle­way

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

Cy­clists in Pen­nant Hills and Ep­ping have been handed $5.1 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. It also means Pen­nant Hills and Ep­ping will fi­nally be con­nected by a path which is user­friendly for any­one on wheels or foot.

Damien Tude­hope MP for Ep­ping an­nounced that the Cy­cle­way 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 op­po­site), 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 (PHDCT) who was in­stru­men­tal to the project as he first ap­proached Damien 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's fin­ished as it will be con­nect­ing this part of Syd­ney with the rest of western Syd­ney.”

NEGO A WSOD CH AN FO R GE An­drew Wil­son and son Tim on part of the track des­ig­nated for the new cy­cle­way route

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