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Parramatta Bike Plan

Girl on bike at Subiaco Creek opening

 

The Parramatta Bike Plan is the Council endorsed document guiding the delivery of cycling infrastructure and programs in the City of Parramatta.

The Parramatta Bike Plan showcases that cycling will play an important role in realising the vision for Central City of Sydney. Cycling will support the liveability of Greater Parramatta through enabling residents, workers and visitors to have more transport choices as the city densifies.

Cycling will support growth through helping people access jobs, shopping, education and recreation through a healthy and low-cost alternative that can help alleviate congestion.

The aspiration of the Parramatta Bike Plan is:

  • To enhance the productivity and liveability of Parramatta through an increase in cycling, helping foster healthy and connected residents, workers and visitors
  • For cycling to be safe, and perceived as a safe and attractive option for all members of the community, for those aged 8 through to 80
  • To increase the proportion of people cycling in Parramatta to 5% of all trips to work, and 10% for those ending in the CBD.

The Parramatta Bike Plan has been informed by over 3,000 submissions from the community. Combined with a comprehensive cycling audit, current population and jobs forecasts and the latest thinking in cycling infrastructure, the key themes from this engagement have been woven into a cycling network for the next 20 years and beyond.

Bike Plan Summary - 10 MB
Bike Plan - 56 MB
Bike Plan Vol 1: Engagement - 12 MB
Bike Plan Vol 2: Saddle Survey - 19.5 MB
Bike Plan Vol 3: Detailed Route Descriptions - 3 MB
Bike Plan Vol 4: Public Consultation Summary - 24 MB

Delivering the Bike Plan

The following are key components to deliver the Parramatta Bike Plan:

Alfred Street Bridge

A new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Parramatta River at Alfred Street Rosehill.  It is fully designed and currently in the final stages of approvals and awaiting confirmation of construction funding.

Alfred Street Cycleway Stage 1

A new bike path between Parramatta Road and Eleanor Street Rosehill as part of the NSW Government’s Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program.  It is currently on consultation and planned for delivery in 2021.

Epping to Carlingford Cycleway

A community nominated project to improve cycling connectivity between Epping and Carlingford and extend the Parramatta Light Rail “Active Transport Link” beyond Carlingford. The project will soon commence construction and is planned for completion in mid-2021.

Escarpment Boardwalk

A new River level link between Rangihou Reserve and Charles Street Weir in the CBD.  It is currently under construction and is due for completion early 2021.

Milson Park Path

In partnership with Sydney Water a new shared pedestrian and cyclist path along Finlaysons Creek between Darcy Road and Mons Road.  It is currently planned for construction in 2021.

Local Cycling Network

Greater Parramatta has an extensive network of cycleways including:

  • The Parramatta Valley Cycleway follows the Parramatta River Foreshore and is completely off road between Parramatta Park and Olympic Park. It also continues east along the River to Morrison Bay Park in Ryde.
  • Two Transit-ways (or T-ways) to the North-West and Liverpool both include shared pedestrian and cycle paths offering a good route to Liverpool via Wetherill Park, and Windsor to Westmead.
  • The M4 Path links Wentworthville to Sydney Olympic Park and Wentworth Point via Auburn, Granville and Parramatta.
  • Parramatta to Liverpool Rail Trail is nearly 17km long and runs parallel to the railway line through Merrylands, Yennora and Fairfield to Liverpool.
  • Ride along dedicated paths out to Prospect Reservoir via the beautiful Prospect Creek Cycleway or Pipeline Cycleway. Feeling adventurous? Go on a round trip and do both! Start at either Guildford or Fairfield Train Stations and follow the paths to the west.
  • A favourite training ground of local riders is at Parramatta Park at roughly half the size of Centennial Park.

To discover more cycleways near you, download our Greater Parramatta map, view our CBD and Heritage rides or visit the TfNSW Cycleway Finder for more cycleways across Greater Sydney.

Subiaco Creek Cycle and Walkway Film

 

Get involved

Council has a Cycleways Advisory Committee that meets every two months to provide advice to Council on cycling related matters. 

There are also a large number of local Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) active in Parramatta area, get in touch to go for a ride with a local:

Canada Bay Canada Bay BUG
Cumberland Her Cycling Connections
Inner West AshBUG
Lidcombe – Auburn Lidcombe-Auburn Cycling Club
Northern Suburbs Bike North
Parramatta Parklife Cycling Club
Parramatta Parramatta Cycling Club
Western Suburbs CAMWEST

Practical Cycling Tips

Things to remember

  • Wear an approved bike helmet
  • A bike must have at least one working brake and either a bell or horn
  • At night, a bike must have a steady or flashing white light at the front and, at the rear, a steady or flashing red light and red reflector
  • Your bike is a vehicle: failing to obey road or bike rules may result in a fine
  • Avoiding hazards
  • Be seen - wear bright visible clothing
  • Be predictable
  • Assertively take your space on the road
  • Ride out from opening car doors
  • Your rights as a cyclist
  • Occupy a whole lane
  • At 60km/h or lower, vehicles must pass cyclists with a minimum of 1m
  • At 60km/h or over, the minimum distance is 1.5m
  • Ride two abreast, no more than 1.5m apart
  • Travel on footpath only where indicated by signs
  • Travel in Bus Lanes and Transit Lanes, except for Bus Only Lanes
  • Ride on the footpath if you are less than 16 years old (or an adult accompanying a child under 16)
  • Travel to the front of a line of traffic on the left hand side
  • Turn right from the left lane of a multi-lane roundabout

Cycling Data

Council collects continuous pedestrian and cyclist data at many sites across the LGA.

Counts are updated monthly, but please note that due to site conditions counters may cease to report data for periods of time.

Secure Bike Storage

A free, secure bike shed for 50 bikes has recently been opened near Parramatta Station.  To get access and register your Opal card, head to ServiceNSW.  Individual bike lockers are also available at Parramatta Wharf, Rydalmere Wharf and near Parramatta train station.

Secure bike parking is also available in the city centre in two locations at:

  • Eat Street Car Park (Erby place)
  • City Centre Car Park (Horwood Place0

Each site has a secure bike storage area, lockers for personal items and change rooms which include showers. Access is controlled by a member swipe card and the storage areas are monitored by 24 hour CCTV. There are over 40 parking spaces available for those who wish to travel to Parramatta by bike.

Membership is $20 per month and offers:

  • 24 hour access to secure bike parking cage, change rooms and lockers
  • 24 hour surveillance in the bike storage area
  • Member only swipe card access to change rooms and bike storage areas.

To join call Secure on 02 9633 1863 or visit the office in either car park.

Application to Rent Bike Locker

For more information

Contact the Transport Planning Team on:

Phone: (02) 9806 5632

Email: TransportPlanning@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au