Bridging the gaps from Parramatta to Sydney

A 91-km kilometer waterfront route for Sydney's bike riders and pedestrians has edged closer to reality, with early works and planning now underway to complete some missing links.

The active transport path promises a continuous connection between Parramatta Park and the Sydney Opera House, enabling healthy, low-stress travel along Sydney's majestic foreshore.

Work has started on a missing link in the route along the Bay Run at Rozelle, while a further three missing link projects are due to begin later in 2023:

  • A new waterfront shared path between Queens Wharf Reserve and the Alfred Street Bridge in Parramatta
  • A new shared path through Abbotsford's Henry Lawson Park
  • Widening of an existing foreshore path at Concord's Massey Park Golf Club

Bike riders enjoy an existing path along the Parramatta River (Credit: NSW Government/Jullietta Jung/Ken Shepherd)

Alongside these early works, the NSW Government is collaborating with local councils and seeking community feedback to map out the rest of the project.

“Anyone who has walked, jogged or cycled around Sydney Harbour or the Parramatta River will tell you how glorious it can be, with 72% of it already publicly accessible, but now it’s time to connect the entire route,” said Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes.

“We want to make it easier for families to enjoy a free, fun and healthy day out, which is why we’re asking the community to tell us which missing links they want to see connected across 18 suburbs stretching between Parramatta and the CBD.”

The path is being funded by a $60 million investment from the NSW Government, and complements other active transport projects taking shape in Sydney.

These include the construction of key links in the CBD, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway and the expanding network of Sydney bike lanes through the Strategic Cycleway Corridors Program.

A new interactive map for the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link shows the areas where walking and riding is currently possible and encourages comments from the community. You can have your say here.

Lead image courtesy of NSW Government/Jullietta Jung/Ken Shepherd)

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