On Friday 2 March 2017 State Member for Epping, Damien Tudehope announced that the Cycleway from Pennant Hills to Epping will receive $5.1 million from the NSW Government Cycling Infrastructure Fund. The funding requires that the cycleway is completed by 2020.
The Pennant Hills District Civic Trust first approached Mr Tudehope about the cycle path in 2015.
NSW MP Damien Tudehope, Hornsby Mayor Phillip Ruddock, Councillor Emma Heyde, executive members of Bike North and the Pennant Hills, Beecroft Cheltenham and Epping Civic Trusts at the funcding announcement for the new Pennant Hills to Epping Cycleway
Also present at the announcement at Beecroft Village Green on Friday was Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock, Emma Heyde a Hornsby Councillor with the Greens, representatives from Pennant Hills, Beecroft Cheltenham and Epping Civic Trusts. Plus a number of cyclists from Bike North and the local community.
The proposal is for a Shared User Path between Pennant Hills and Epping, that is, it will also accommodate parents with prams, kids on scooters, pedestrians, people with disabilities using wheelchairs and the elderly on mobility scooters. This is transport infrastructure for the whole community – not just lycra clad cyclists.
Hornsby Council is currently in the planning phase to develop and build the $5.1 million cycleway project. They will immediately start the feasibility study to determine the best route.
The community preferred route is shown here. From the pedestrian bridge over Pennant Hills Rd at the top of Hampden Rd the preferred route goes along the rail access road in the rail corridor, east of the rail line to Sutherland Rd Beecroft, then past Beecroft Station, behind Beecroft Community Centre and tennis courts, along The Crescent past Cheltenham Girls High and Cheltenham Station, Old Beecroft Rd, over the M2, through the tunnel under the railway to Cambridge St Epping and Epping Station. From Epping it links to bike routes to Macquarie Universtity, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Carlingford, North Rocks and Parramatta.
The Pennant Hills District Civic Trust congratulates all involved with this fantastic result !