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Naremburn to Ryde pathway opens soon



If you've been down to Artarmon or Bicentennial Reserves lately, you may have been surprised to see the upsurge in cyclists pedalling the pathways.

From families casually heading to the playground to commuters riding briskly to and from work, headlights blazing, cyclists and pedestrians of all types are taking advantage of the regional pathway along the Gore Hill Freeway from Lane Cove to Naremburn via Artarmon. The boom in Artarmon mirrors that right across Sydney, as new facilities are set in place. More people are enjoying convenient access and the chance to improve their health and reduce their car trips and the associated costs and impacts.

The regional pathway currently extends from Merrenburn Ave, Naremburn, to Pacific Highway at Lane Cove, giving an easy ride to Naremburn Shops, Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby Leisure Centre, Artarmon Reserve and the Freeway Hotel (which provides a rest stop directly on the pathway), as well as providing a safe traverse of the busy Artarmon Industrial Area. The pathway has also improved access to many places a short distance off the route, including, for some, Artarmon Public School.

Construction of the pathway right through to Ryde will soon be finished, via an underpass off Pacific Hwy and continuation of the path along Longueville and Epping Roads. Riders and walkers will enjoy a separate cycle route over a distance of 7.5 km on reasonable grades and with very few points of traffic conflict, and with separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians wherever space allows. The completed route will be a boon for those heading to Lane Cove shops or pool or further afield to Macquarie University and other destinations in Lane Cove and Ryde.

Works along Epping Rd are due to be completed in May, subject to weather. Bicycle NSW and BikeNorth, supported by local councils and businesses (Renegade Cycles and Bakers Delight) are poised to celebrate the pathway opening with free bicycle breakfasts at North Ryde and Naremburn. The Naremburn breakfast is proposed to take place on Tuesday 24 June, 7-9 am, at Fleming Park, adjacent to the pathway underpass of Willoughby Rd to Bicentennial Reserve. For more details, stay tuned to www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au., www.bicyclensw.org.au or www.bikenorth.org.au.

by Alethea Morison

Courtesy of Gazette May 2008


 

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