The cycleway project along the Parramatta River will include a spectacular boardwalk, and deliver an important missing link in the walking and cycling network between the Charles Street Weir and Morton Street, Parramatta, Ms Berejiklian said.
“We are very pleased to be working with Parramatta City Council to complete this missing link as part of the 11.4 km cycleway to help promote cycling and walking throughout Western Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Work will start in early 2014 to connect the existing northern foreshore path through Rangihou Reserve and onto the Gasworks Bridge through a boardwalk structure giving cyclists and pedestrians a picturesque view as they travel around the city’s iconic river.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee welcomed the news on behalf of the community that has for so long wanted this part of the link to be built.
“This is fantastic news not only for residents who ride to work on the cycleway, but also families who enjoy a weekend walk or ride along the Parramatta River,” Mr Lee said.
“This is a crucial missing link, and the floating boardwalk will become a landmark attraction residents and visitors will want to use time and time again.”
The state government today also released Sydney’s Cycling Future and Sydney’s Walking Future, outlining plans to connect strategic bike and walking networks and promote better use of existing bicycle infrastructure across Sydney.
“Cycling is growing more popular, with almost 450,000 bicycle trips made in greater Sydney every day,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Sydney’s Cycling Future shows how we will prioritise investment in new routes and plan for the decades ahead. This is a break from the past, when money was thrown at projects without a clear strategy for a connected cycling network that would link people with communities and economic hubs.”
Ms Berejiklian said the number of walking trips is estimated to increase by more than 20 per cent in the next 20 years. There are three million walking trips less than two kilometres made each day in Sydney, and the state government is working provide the best infrastructure possible to cater for this demand, she said.
“Under Sydney’s Walking Future, we are taking a new approach to investing in walking with a program to support councils with local walking projects,” she said.
“The strategy outlines how pedestrians’ needs will be considered in all major transport and development projects, to connect people and places.”
An example of this is the $306 million Wynyard Walk project on track to open in 2015, that will provide a world class, fully accessible pedestrian link between Wynyard Station and the developing CBD western corridor and Barangaroo.