Cycling in Sydney Australia
With great fanfare, the Barangaroo Headland Park was today opened by premier Baird in company with Paul Keating, former PM and prime mover for the restoration of the natural attributes of the area, and Malcolm Turnbull who tweeted that he came by Route 333 bus with his grandson (subtext: Not by helicopter, so not costing taxpayers very much).
When it was safe after the politicians left, I decided to take a ride over to the dark side in the mid-afternoon to see what there was to see. It is rather impressive and looks like it will be a very popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.
According to news bulletins, something like 75,000 native plants have been installed on the hill recreated with massive piles of sandstone blocks quarried from the site. Most plants are well advanced already but in another few years, it will appear like a natural area of bush and will match the headlands opposite on the enlightened side of the harbour.
Cyclists are catered for with parking rails and shared paths everywhere. Not that they will be travelling anywhere at speed. Like Pyrmont Bridge, the area offers pedestrians total freedom to wander aimlessly and there is no real direct through route for commuter riders anyway.
It's a motor-traffic-free area for relaxed riding and a fair proportion of the riders I saw felt safe enough to consider it a helmet-optional area.
Go and check it out!