[CAMWEST-discuss] Cumberland Hwy and Prosepct canal

Mark Robson Mark.Robson at australwright.com.au
Wed Feb 23 22:26:38 UTC 2011

Hi John,

I'd like to add that I witnessed the ridiculous nature of the shared path alongside the Cumberland Hwy between
Merrylands Rd and M4 through Sth Wentworthville. The residents along this strip have nowhere else to park their cars but
ON the shared path, leaving hundreds of cyclists to squeeze between gaps of around 70cm either between the cars and the fence, or between the cars and an unfenced gutter to a major road. At the traffic light crossing at the intersection of Old Prospect Rd and Cumberland Hwy there was insufficient space on the footpath corner to 'stable' the number of cyclists that could cross the road during the 'green time', leading to a situation where cyclists were left standing on the main road after the lights changed.

The RTA is building too many of these 'double crossings' into the path network; and they are clearly quite dangerous when used for even moderately sized ride groups.

I have also discovered that the design of the traffic light crossing built by Boral at the old quarry is poor. The buttons to activate the crossing are around a metre from the concrete path, meaning that cyclists have to either dismount or ride on soft dirt to press the button to activate the signal. The whole crossing appears to have been designed with only pedestrians in mind. However since it's about 4 km from the nearest house I expect that the usage of the path will be 99% cyclists. It should be better.


Mark Robson

From: camwest-discuss-bounces at nicku.org [mailto:camwest-discuss-bounces at nicku.org] On Behalf Of John Holstein
Sent: Wednesday, 16 February 2011 5:35 PM
To: minister at borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Cc: EHole at bicyclensw.org.au
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] Amy Gillett Parra Pedal

Dr Mr Borger,
                   I participated in the Amy Gillett Foundation Parra Pedal last Sunday 13 February 2011 & found it to be a pleasant experience on the whole. The event highlighted some of the excellent cycling facilities available in Western Sydney. Congratulations must go to the organisers, volunteers and RTA workers who made the event safe for all concerned.

Unfortunately I cannot stop at those comments. The event also highlighted some of the worst of the cycling infrastructure in Western Sydney as well. I refer in particular a section of cycle path along The Cumberland Highway( Betts Rd) in the Smithfield area. This section of path was obviously built as a shared path as it was a wide concrete path and road crossings were fitted with bicycle lanterns. Unfortunately, there were no markings of any kind on the path or any signage erected to indicate this was in fact a shred path. I can only assume it was built at quite a cost. It also appeared that there had been little or no maintenance carried out on the path in a very long time, possibly since its construction. It was overgrown with weeds and littered with all sorts of rubbish rendering it almost unusable as either a pedestrian or cycle path.

The areas of the ride route that were off main road through parklands fared slightly better. They were marked as such & obviously carried a reasonable amount of cycle & pedestrian traffic. They too, however, were also blighted by the amount of maintenance that was needed to make the journey a pleasant one. Broken glass was present in many areas. I appreciate glass can become a problem over a large area as a result of the actions of one individual at times, but this debris had obviously been around for some time. Areas of the paths required maintenance work to repair storm damage, normal wear and tear and also to prune growth away from the edges of the paths.

One consistent theme throughout the whole event was the number of punctures suffered by the riders. One colleague reported fixing 5 punctures amongst his group of five riders during the 55 km event and it was difficult to ride more than a few hundred metres, often less, before encountering another cyclist stopped to repair a puncture.

It was also extremely disappointing to ride the section of the Prospect Canal Reserve Path through what used to be the Boral Quarry. This path occupies a similar area in size as that occupied by Parramatta Park, yet it has been rendered almost worthless by the refusal of the Government and RTA to require a bridge to be built as part of the road construction. Could you imagine the outcry if you tried to do the same thing with Parramatta Park, or any other similarly sized recreation area in Western Sydney?

In closing, it is disappointing to say the very least, to see infrastructure built and then neglected or vandalised in the name of business, to the point that it becomes worthless.

I look forward to your response.

John Holstein
Chairman, of CAMWEST Bicycle User Group Inc.
(http://camwest.pps.com.au) advocating for better cycling infrastructure for Sydney's West.
54 Pye Avenue,
Northmead NSW 2152
Ph 0296862391 (H) 0410662390 (M)

"if we don't change direction, we will end up where we are headed" (Professor Irwin Corey
American vaudeville comic and actor (1914 - ) )

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