[CAMWEST-discuss] - RE: Blacktown bikes - can anyone help?

Mark Robson Mark.Robson at australwright.com.au
Wed Aug 30 02:35:58 UTC 2006

Hi All,

I have tried until I've gone blue in the face trying to get the gate times changed,
it's simply not going to happen. We are better off trying to get the Pemulway ( West Greystanes )
alternative completed some time soon.

Other issue is the main gate at the Blacktown end closes at 4.45 pm year round, 
which really is early in summer, some 3 hours before sunset.

As for getting from the main gate in Reserviour Rd to Blacktown, much of the cycleway is complete,
from Harrod St to St Martins Cr. alongside the Prospect Hwy.

Getting from Blacktown CBD to St Martins Cr is a footpath job down the hospital side
of Blacktown Rd, altghough back streets like Grafton and Panarama Pde
into Lock St, left into Tress St, Yale pl and cross the Reserve to Tudor Ave
may give access to the cyclepath without undue traffic stress.

At the M4 end, crossing the narrow road bridge over Gt Western Hwy on Prospect Rd is 
only for the very courageous and there is no alternative. Also, be very careful negotiating 
the M4 access roundabout as motorists coming off the M4 are not happy giving way to a cyclist.

All in all, the off-road shared path section from Harrod St to Reserviour Rd is badly needed,
and without it Blacktown to Propsect is not nice riding at all.

Work is under way connecting the Canal cycleway near Gipps Rd to Pemulway ( the old Boral and CSIRO sites ),
and when Clunies Ross St is extended into Pemulway next year a better 24 hour route will be available, including 
Stoddart Rd, Blacktown Rd footpath, Clunies Ross St, cyclepath through Pemulway, cyclepath along Canal.
The local councillor is trying to advance the Clunies Ross St connection.

This will be much better than crossing the M4. I have ridden this Pemulway route and it's quite Ok, though
the litle climb up Blacktown Rd to cross the Gt Western Hwy gets the blood pumping.

Mark Robson

 -----Original Message-----
From: pbowyer at qantas.com.au [mailto:pbowyer at qantas.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 August 2006 11:43 AM
To: camwest-discuss at nicku.org
Cc: 'Paul OLoughlin'
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] - RE: Blacktown bikes - can anyone help?

ladies and gents....

Paul O'Loughlin has asked about getting from Blacktown to Prospect
Reservoir (see his email below)... can anyone assist with his question on
how to safely get to the Prospect path?

Also does anyone know if attempts have been made to change the Prospect
gate opening times? Removing the curfew would be ideal, but if that's not
going to work, having the gates open and close at fixed times (eg open 0600
- 2000 all year round) would be an improvement...


Paul Bowyer
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Qantas Airways Ltd QCC2
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pbowyer at qantas.com.au
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----- Forwarded by Paul Bowyer/SYD/QANTAS on 30/08/2006 11:36 AM -----
                      "Jenni Gormley,                                                                                                  
                      Push On"                 To:       "'Paul OLoughlin'" <yowalga at yahoo.com.au>                                     
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                      30/08/2006 08:09                                                                                                 

Hi Paul

The best way of effecting change is to get together with other people who
have the same concerns as you. Perhaps as a first step you need to talk
this problem over with the Bicycle User Group people in your area.

I am forwarding your email to Paul Bowyer who is the contact person for
Cyclists Action Movement West (CAMWest) which operate in the western part
of Sydney. (I'm afraid that I don't have a reference table that will tell
me exactly which BUG is relevant to which suburb -- but I'm sure if I've
got the wrong one Paul will be able to redirect you.) I'm sure that they
will be interested in discussing your problem.

Jenni Gormley
Editor, Push On
ph 0404 065 376 fax 02 9524 1661
PO Box 254 Sutherland NSW 1499

From: Paul OLoughlin [mailto:yowalga at yahoo.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 August 2006 12:21 AM
To: pushon at shirelife.com
Subject: Blacktown bikes

There is an excellent cycleway that passes through Prospect Reservoir near
Blacktown.  To get there from Blacktown you can follow a nice cycleway some
of the way alongside Prospect Hwy.  Then it just stops and it is very
difficult to negotiate through the intersections with the Great Western Hwy
and the M4.  Then if you are too early the gates at Prospect Reservoir are
closed.  Likewise they close before sunset.  If there was effective
thoroughfare through these areas Blacktown could be linked with Fairfield
and Liverpool via the excellent offroad cycleways that service those
suburbs.  How can this blockage be cleared?

- Paul

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