Take time out in fresh air and sunshine

WESTERN Sydney has recently become a paradise for young and old cyclists, with the help of Blacktown and Parramatta councils who have provided a network of tracks to make cycling safer.

All a spokeswoman is asking for is for users to remember to wear a helmet, give way to pedestrians and obey the road rules.

“For your own safety, your bike should be fitted with a bell or warning device and white front and red rear reflectors,” she said.

Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope has a free program called Cycle Sunday for children up to eight years of age, 9am-11am each Sunday for four weeks from January 8.

Two car park bays at the centre will be transformed into a car-free simulated traffic environment, featuring road signs, stop signs, give way signs and roundabouts.


■ Route 1: Quakers Hill Parkway to Doonside Crescent via Breakfast Creek, finishes near the western rail line.

■ Route 2: Breakfast Creek to Rouse Hill via Hambledon Road, finishes near Windsor Road.

■ Route 3: Parramatta to Windsor. Off-road path via Old Windsor and Windsor Road.

■ Route 4: Prospect Highway to Kings Langley via Toongabbie Creek, finishes at proposed M7 cycleway.

■ Route 5: Toongabbie to Blacktown via Seven Hills via International Peace Park, finishes near Fox Hills Golf Course, Toongabbie.

■ Route 6:Prospect Reservoir to Blacktown station via Reservoir Road and Prospect Highway.

■ Route 7: M4 bicycle lane from the Cumberland Highway, Wentworthville to Penrith.

■ Route 8: Rooty Hill station to Minchinbury via May Cowpe Reserve, finishes at Berruex Reserve in Minchinbury.

■ Route 9: Rooty Hill station to Woodstock Avenue via Nurragingy Recreation Area, finishes at Woodstock Avenue and Merrina Street, Mount Druitt.

■ Route 10: Mount Druitt station to Lethbridge Park via Cleeve Close and North Parade, Mount Druitt, finishes at Bougainville Rd.

■ Route 11:Woodstock Avenue to Richmond Road and M7 via Hyatts Road, finishes at intersection of Richmond Rd and the M7.

■ Route 12:Richmond Road. On-road bicycle lane on the shoulder of Richmond Road. Starts at Rooty Hill Road North.

■ Route 13:Westlink M7 Cycleway.From Old Windsor Rd, Seven Hills to the M5, Prestons.

■ Route 14:Blacktown to Castle Hill via Sunnyholt Road via T-way route.

■ Route 15M2 to Seven Hills via Abbott Road.

■ Parramatta CBD to Meadowbank cycle path. Travel time is about 30 minutes and offers a number of transport options at Parramatta (bus, train, ferry) and Meadowbank (ferry).

■ Parramatta to the Sydney CBD is 26 kilometres, much of which is on separated shared cycle paths.

Although the ride begins with light, mixed traffic, you’ll soon leave the streets behind and head into the beautiful separated cycle ways through cutting through Eric Primrose Reserve and George Kendall Riverside Park.

For more information call Blacktown Council on 9839 6000 and Parramatta Council on 9806 5000.

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