The City of Parramatta’s first on-road, separated cycleway is now open in Westmead, providing a safe connection between Parramatta Park and the T-Way cycleway.
The 300 metre section of cycleway along Queens Road completes one of the key missing links in the T-Way cycleway that runs almost completely off-road from Windsor to Parramatta.
City of Parramatta Council lord mayor Andrew Wilson said the new section, which physically separates cyclists from traffic, was an important strategic link in the broader cycle network.
“Sharing the road with cars is the greatest barrier to participation in cycling, particularly for younger or older members of the community. Enhancing safety on our cycleways will encourage a broader section of the community to take up cycling whether it be for work, fun or recreation,” he said.
“Figures show that monthly usage has doubled on the recently opened Subiaco Creek link on the Parramatta Valley Cycleway. In the past year more than 175,000 cyclists have used the path.”
“Our research shows that Queens Rd is the most popular route into the Parramatta CBD from the west, with up to 100 cyclists using the link daily, and we expect this number to increase significantly with the new cycleway.”
The community is invited to attend the official opening of the Queens Road cycleway on 19 October from 11am to 1pm for a free sausage sizzle and bicycle powered smoothies, as well as a complimentary bike mechanic service.