On time and under budget are not often associated with government projects.
Sensational and wonderful were some of the words used to describe a new riverfront path from Parramatta Park to Sydney Olympic Park.
It’s now possible to walk and cycle with no traffic disruptions for almost 20 kilometres on a path network via Parramatta CBD and Western Sydney University’s Rydalmere campus.
The Subiaco Creek link at Rydalmere was the missing link on the Parramatta Valley Cycleway (PVC), which now connects Lake Parramatta to Putney. Cyclists and pedestrians can now avoid one kilometre of road, including the busy and steep South and Pike streets.
Parramatta Council cycleway committee Pam Kendrick looks forward to riding along the scenic route with her grandchildren.
“A lot of people further east would come along and turn back when they got to a dead end,” she said.
“Now they can continue to Parramatta while riders going the other way can go as far as Sydney Olympic Park.”
Getting around will be safer for quadriplegic Greg Temme. “I don’t have to end up on the road anymore,” he said. “Being in a wheelchair, South Street was very dangerous, where there are a lot of trucks and being so low, they don’t always see me. The link is a great piece of infrastructure that’s nice and quiet with lovely views.”
Cyclist Shae Tye rode 10,000 kilometres last year and has clocked up to 4000 kilometres so far this year.
“I hated South Street because it was uphill and littered with broken glass. It’s nice to to have a flat, safe route my kids can also ride.”
The $4.5 million link was funded by the state government and delivered by Parramatta Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services. The council worked with the state and federal governments to complete the sections of the PVC.
“Delivering these links has contributed to a consistent 10 to 20 per cent year-on-year increase in cyclists using the cycleway in recent years,” administrator Amanda Chadwick said.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee believes Parramatta will become western Sydney’s cycling capital. “The Subiaco Creek link gives residents, cycling and fitness enthusiasts more ways to enjoy and explore our beautiful area.”