Hills Shire Council Bike Paths Network

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.

FAST FACTS...

COFFEE:

  • Café at Hills Council Chambers.
  • Lifestyle & Leisure Bike Shop is on the bike path in Vineyard. Pop in for coffee, pastries and the latest cycling gossip.
  • Numerous cafes to choose from in Windsor.

THUMBS DOWN:

  • Dogs off leash on the shared path between Wrights Road and Caddies Creek. If cycling here you may encounter some pedestrians and dog owners who behave aggressively when you ring your bell or call out to alert them you intend to pass.
  • No network of mountain bicycle trails to link & appreciate Hills Shire bushland reserves were included in the 2009 Hills Council Bike Plan.
  • Infrastructure construction disruption.

THUMBS UP:

  • Hills Council having the foresight to build one of the most extensive cycle paths networks in Sydney over the last decade. Leave your car at home and use it!
  • A local council facilitating safe, convenient access via active transport options to suburban parks and historic homesteads with long distance cycling links to Windsor.
  • This article covers the best cycle paths that are currently open.
  • From 2019, more paths will be opened, linked, signposted and mapped as major infrastructure works are completed.

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Comment by Pat The Rat on June 26, 2018 at 11:11am

RMS clean the roads.  Local council responsible for cleaning and maintaining the pavements

Comment by Pat The Rat on June 26, 2018 at 11:24am

Thanks for the write up.  Looking forward to trying these out.

Comment by Susanna Mills on June 26, 2018 at 12:59pm

The Wrights Road to Caddies Creek Path: where I have taken wrong turns...

a) At Kellyville High, ride past entrance & turn right on path down York Street. Look out for the path going off into the bush again on the right. Beware of pedestrians & their dogs on the blind bend going down to the bridge.

b) Go up into Bernie Mullane Park.Turn left and go down Marella Avenue. Right on the corner cross over Smalls creek onto Acres Road close. Follow the path along the driveways, turning right into Geewan. 

c) At the park at the end of Geewan, go straight across Smalls Creek again, and ride up James Mileham Rd. to Withers. At the traffic circle turn left down Withers to Smalls creek dip. Here is where you have to cut across the traffic, in order to connect with the rest of the path on your right-that will take you to Caddies Creek & Rouse Hill Regional Park.

When roadworks are finished- they must build a pedestrian/cycle crossing in the dip at Withers Road and connect the paths from Geewan to Withers! 

Comment by Robflyte on July 8, 2018 at 6:41pm

who is responsible for the thing they put in between Norwest and Showground Rd? You could not put more poles in a lane if you tried, it is next to useless.

Comment by Susanna Mills on July 13, 2018 at 11:07am

Agreed it's really disappointing- if we are thinking of the same path... Now that its finished, it looks to me like urban designers were forced to prioritise preserving yet another Gum Tree over human safety and bridge utility. The new Showground Road cycle path bridge over Cattai Creek is really dangerous. You can't get any momentum to ride up the steep climbs on either side as you have to brake to a snails pace for the twists around the tree, as well as avoid hazardous poles in the middle of the path which could do you serious damage. Fortunately, there are other very extensive alternative routes with better 'flow' to the new Showgrounds station & beyond.

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