$5m for new Pennant Hills to Epping cycleway
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