[CAMWEST-discuss] T-way Shared Path - Parramatta to M7

Graham gheap at bigpond.net.au
Thu Mar 8 11:58:07 UTC 2007

Hi Rob

Was in at BNSW the other night doing some prep work for the Big Ride and 
Kate asked for some help, as she is not trusting the government spin doctors 
which are claiming all transit way work including cycleway is complete. I 
nominated you for the section Kate asked you to do (parra to M7, I'm doing 
the section from Rouse Hill to the M7 on Saturday morning


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rob Kemp" <robkemp at tpg.com.au>
To: "Kate Marley" <KMarley at bicyclensw.org.au>; "camwest-discuss" 
<camwest-discuss at nicku.org>; "Michael Goard" <mpgoard at ihug.com.au>
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 10:44 PM
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] T-way Shared Path - Parramatta to M7

> Hi Kate,
> I rode the section of the T-way shared path between Parramatta and the
> M7 this afternoon.
> (Anyone else, feel free to comment/disagree with the following!!)
> This is not meant to be an exhaustive saddle survey, just a few quick
> notes & observations.
> (1) I'm assuming the route follows Argyle St from Parramatta station. I
> couldn't see any bike markings for the first block or so, then
> markings/signalised bicycle crossings on the north side of Argyle St.
> (2) Cross over Pitt St, and the route appears to go to the right,
> although this is along a narrow footpath which is unsigned.
> (3) Go into Parramatta Park.  No curb-ramp to the roadway.  Perimeter
> road is one-way shared bike/walk/car.  No T-way markings.  Coming from
> the other direction, the route through the park is a lot further.
> (4) I assume you're supposed to exit at Queens Rd.  No bike markings.
> (5) At the corner of Queens  & Hawkesbury Rds in Westmead, the footpath
> has been widened.  Turn left for a short distance, and then cross over
> Hawkesbury Rd into Darcy St (bike signalised crossing).
> (6) There IS a cycleway along the north side of Darcy Rd, past Westmead
> hospital.
> Along the route there are a number of signs in the middle of the path -
> some with reflective tape, and some without.
> (7) After crossing Toongabbie Ck on a fantastic new bridge, at Hart Dr
> (Cumberland Hwy) the shared path ends.
> (8) The next section appears to be on residential streets.   The part
> that isn't constructed as yet is a short section around a noise wall and
> through a wire fence into Harvey Murray Park, and onto Lurgan St,
> Wentworthville.  From this point take Doig St and Ferndale Cl.  The
> shared path begins again at the Old Windsor Rd end of Ferndale Cl
> (Opposite Hammers Rd).  I'm not aware of any safe way around this piece
> of missing path.
> (9) From there to the M7, the path is basically in.  At another crossing
> of Toongabbie Ck, the path passes under Old Windsor Rd.  There was a bit
> of muck on the shared path at this point from the recent rains.  Just
> before Gibbon Rd, there's a short section of the path missing and a
> barrier across the path.  There is a service road alongside the missing
> section, so although you have to slow down/stop to lift bike onto the
> road then back onto the path it's far from ideal but doable.
> (10) At the M2 entrance crossing, there are pedestrian lights but no
> bike crossing lights.  Also the barriers on the shared path on the
> north-west corner of this intersection are very 'creative' (read not
> cycle friendly).
> I have photos of some of the above mentioned points which I can email
> through in the next couple of days if interested.
> -- 
> cheers,
> Rob
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