Epping to Pennant Hills Cycleway

Last Friday, 2nd March, 2018, the State Government announced funding of $5 million for a long awaited Epping to Pennant Hills cycleway. The announcement made in Beecroft Village Green was welcome news indeed to people wanting to use bicycles for transport and recreation in Hornsby Shire and was endorsed very enthusiastically by those present at the Green including Hornsby Mayor, Philip Ruddock, local Epping MP Damien Tudehope, Greens Councillor Emma Heyde, Bike North local campaigners, Greg Boyd and Phil Newman and Pennant Hills Civic Trust convenor Andrew Wilson.

Bike North is delighted that some serious money is at last being spent on making bicycle transport a viable option for people in Hornsby Shire wanting an alternative to reliance on car and public transport use, particularly over shorter distances. Bicycle transport offers far more flexibility with short trips where people just want to get quickly to a shopping centre, cinema, education institution etc without being stuck for hours in traffic or looking for parking spaces.

The multi-million dollar pledge by the State Government for this project represents a significant milestone in a campaign over many years and while the precise route of the Epping to Pennant Hills cycleway has yet to be determined, cycleway infrastructure along quiet streets away from busy thoroughfares such as Beecroft Road will obviously encourage more people to leave their cars at home and rediscover the independence that bicycles can offer for small commutes. The health benefits of more active transport use by the community are also well known.

There is no doubt, however, that the key to the ultimate success of this project lies in securing reasonable gradients in very steep countryside. This will require the co-operation of Sydney Trains in granting access to some of the rail corridor between Beecroft and Pennant Hills.

Bike North commends the State Government and local MPs Damien Tudehope and Matt Kean for their commitment to providing useful cycling infrastructure in Sydney’s north west and will work with them to ensure the best outcomes for cyclists in this area.

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