I would like to use Sydney Cyclist to highlight the illogical and selfish Quarry Road Firetrail 'Safety Management Plan' which has succeeded in shutting down all public access to the vital and historical bushland link of Hornsby to Dural.
This trail closure is an utter PR disaster for both the Berowra National Park and legal gun ownership in New South Wales. Both North Shore Regional Target Shooting Association, and BVNP have literally had years to consult with affected local communities and trail users, with plenty of time to build two new detour trails around their supposed rifle range 'danger zone.' Yet they did nothing, except what was easiest- deny all public access. Indeed, my phone call to the 0417 201 606 number on the sign at the gate regarding 'doing the right thing' and asking for authorised access to the Quarry Road firetrail for a social bicycle ride, yielded a sanctimonious answer of "No access to any bicycles ever," by the respondent. When I asked if there was an alternate route available, I was told to carry my bicycle up and down the steep sided, unrideable Pogson's Trig Trail.
"Lack of funding'" is always the excuse given to us for there being no new trails, or the poor maintenance and rotting, outdated markings of existing bush trails and paths which are a disgrace to the vast, and exquisite National Parks of Sydney. Had either organisation simply asked, they would have had an army of passionate local volunteers to help them build two new detour trails. I note, however, that plenty of funds have been found for the purchase and installation of four big new silver padlocked gates to shut down the Quarry Road trail, accessorised by lots of glossy new 'keep out' and 'danger' signs...
This lockout is a remarkable example of exceptionally poor management, exhibiting a callous disregard of all those who, for decades, have run, walked or cycled along the Quarry Road Firetrail. All those who have appreciated its breathtaking natural beauty, used its heritage bridge to cross Berowra Creek easily and safely, or the hundreds of offroad cyclists who have used it as a safe training route or alternative cycle commuting link between Hornsby and Dural instead of the busy, dangerous Galston Gorge Road, which is now the only bridge across Berowra Creek. 
While other famous cities of the world have built and continue to build extensive networks of groomed walking paths and cycling trails for the enjoyment their citizens (thereby reaping major health, transport and tourism benefits) those whom we have in charge of open spaces and recreation in our city exhibit very little political will to do much for active living. Unless it is the contribution to arts and culture of lockout laws, building yet another billion dollar toll road, or bending over backwards to accommodate guns and revolting cathedrals of gambling. 
So we thank BVNP, North Shore Regional Target Shooting Association and the posse of 'safety experts' no doubt consulted over the years to implement their bulletproof plan to keep us all safe and sedentary. The truth is, you are only interested in keeping yourselves safe, using your authority to justify locking the local community & visitors out of a key asset of the Berowra Valley National Park, whilst making a unique contribution towards Sydney becoming a more undesirable place to live in or visit, than it already is.

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I don't know this area particularly well but that fire trail looks like a great link between Hornsby and Dural. I was totally unaware of its existence up till now.

Today I went to Hornsby with my MTB, expecting to be able to ride the off-road course there which, according to the Hornsby Council website, is open and rarin' to go over Easter. Unfortunately, it was mostly closed, apparently due to the NorthConnex tunnel project which is using the former quarry as a dumping site for spoil for the next indeterminate number of years. I wonder if that is also really why the fire trail is off limits, too.

It is very frustrating that projects such as these, which are supposedly going to get cars off the surface roads and make things better for people not in cars (but never in reality actually do), still manage to shaft cyclists from the beginning of construction until time immemorial. :-(

Indeed. Cyclists as ever regarded as completely unimportant.

The M2 closure for Northconnex happened only a brief period after M2 re-opened for cyclists too. This practice has all but eliminated cycling on that route.

I think the closure of the Quarry Road trail is because of the possibility of a stray round, as Susanna explained. Rather than make it safe, the easy response is to kick walkers and cyclists out.

All of the above is why I won't pay tolls, live overseas as much as possible, and minimise my contribution to NSW's treasurer as best I can.

Neil, take your MTB to the Westleigh trails on Quarter Sessions Road, better then Hornsby IMO

I've had a look for the no access area for Anzac Rifle Range in Malabar and failed to find the info.

If you look at page 17 of the safety doco, it shows the full bore range with not a huge distance to the ocean.  So based on this discussion, shouldn't part of the ocean be off limits?


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