Cycling in Sydney Australia
Hills Council compiled a comprehensive plan for road cycling in 2009. In 2018, they continue to deliver on it. With major developments like North Kellyville along Cattai Creek, thousands of new homes are being built throughout the Hills. Residents and businesses need alternative, efficient transport options to events, shopping centres, schools, work and transit hubs. It's time to ride there, folks!
KELLYVILLE-CASTLE HILL: Commuting
Safe cycle paths, completely separated from congested Showground and Windsor Roads, have been completed- delivering cycle commuters straight into the heart of Castle Hill, Norwest & Victoria Rd. business parks. (Ironically, the safest, quickest way into Norwest business centre on a bicycle is currently a short cut straight past the front door of Hills Council chambers and out onto Columbia Way). There are also road shoulders marked for cycling along Tuckwell Road and the Gilbert Road rollercoaster- with not very much coasting- I'm afraid it's not called 'the Hills District' for nothing. You can also take a pleasant short cut through Fred Catterson Park and up to Kings Road past field 6, or turn down past the basketball courts and under Showground Road to access the new Showground Road cyclepath and bridge over Cattai Creek.
BELLA VISTA FARM: 10km out & back
For recreation and major community events, Bella Vista Farm can be easily and quickly accessed on a bicycle, via the subway under Norwest Boulevard. The path to this subway currently goes from the heart of Mac Mansionland in Brighton Drive, up past Hilltop Park and then down into the subway off Waterfall Crescent . Around Bella Vista Farm there is a short, but very scenic hilltop path to enjoy, with lovely views west and the historic farm homestead to admire. The farm path takes you to Bella Vista Oval and into labyrinthine, beige suburbia.
SMALLS CREEK TO WINDSOR VIA ROUSE HILL: 24km or 48km
Start at Wrights Road Community Centre and explore the very pretty, shared bushland pathway that runs parallel to Smalls Creek. Unfortunately, it is as yet unmarked for navigation, so expect to take some wrong turns while exploring the full 12km route to Rouse Hill Regional Park. Give way to traffic crossing President and Withers Roads. Crossing Samantha Riley however, is outright dangerous due to ongoing major construction works. These path vs. road crossings have yet to be resolved by Hills Council and Roads NSW. Continue along Smalls Creek and bear left along Caddies Creek Lake to the bridge on Withers Road. Turn right and cross Withers Road to enjoy a cruisy, tree-lined ride via Aberdoon Park to Connie Lowe Reserve.
There is a subway under the A2 here, joining the noisy, but very extensive A2 cycle path taking you the next 12km to Windsor in perfect safety from heavy traffic. This subway is conveniently situated at Rouse Hill Regional Park, where the very helpful ladies at the Visitor Centre will send you on an informed stroll around the historic Rouse Hill Homestead & environs. Although the A2 bike path/road intersections can be frustrating, lights control vehicular traffic moving in six different directions- so relax and keep pressing the button for your little green bicycle, rather than risking a dangerous (and illegal) red bicycle crossing.
It is disappointing that this great cycle way, enjoyed by thousands of cyclists for over a decade, has become very neglected. There is broken glass strewn across it, uneven surfaces, overgrown vegetation, poor path markings and non-existent navigational signage. If drivers are angered by some cyclists riding in traffic on the A2 when there is a bike path- this is why.