Hot on the heels of the unveiling by Hornsby Council of its new draft “Walking and Cycling Strategy” comes the news that Transport for NSW has approved funding for three new shared-user path projects in Hornsby Shire for 2020/21 :-
Peats Ferry Road Hornsby – construction of a 3m wide x 900m long shared path cycleway along Peats Ferry Road to link Hornsby CBD with the existing cycle path along Galston Road [$870,000]
Franklin Road, Cherrybrook – construction of a shared path cycleway between Cherrybrook Metro Station and New Line Road [$410.000]
Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby – construction of a shared path cycleway between Hornsby CBD and Hornsby Hospital [$850,000]
Together these projects represent significant progress towards the goal of enabling people to access Hornsby CBD, Hornsby Railway Station and Hornsby Hospital more safely by bike or on foot and extending that access to other key service and transport hubs elsewhere in the Shire such as Cherrybrook. In a way, the funding is like a downpayment on the implementation of Hornsby’s draft Walking and Cycling Strategy and, as such, is a welcome expression of good faith by the Council and State Government in response to many years of persistent advocacy by a number of people.
Bike North will of course continue to work with Council and the State Government to secure additional funding in 2021/22 that will enable the further implementation of a finalised Hornsby Walking and Cycling Strategy.
Justin Holmwood for
Hornsby Advocacy Working Group
3 November, 2020