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latest ride updates forCycling Around Sydney


Updates to the 5th Edition for each CAS ride
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Ride 1 City of villages tour

 Bourke St bike route now in place

Ride 2 City evening riders
 Bourke St bike lanes in place to Taylor Square on western side of street

Ride 3 Four canals and a GreenWay
 new path sections along Cooks River
 no GreenWay as yet but plenty of heavy construction for "light" rail extension through 2014/2014 resulting in closures/redirections along the corridor including closure of pathway alongside Hawthonre Canal Parramatta Rd to Marion St - use Haberfield Pde instead (continue 100m over bridge along footpath then right)
 new footbridge crossing Hawthorne Canal further north than before
 new segregated bike lane along Bourke Rd on western side

Ride 4 Cooks River to Putney
 new path sections along Cooks River
northern end of Rhodes Peninsula can now continue all the way along the foreshore from Oulton Av, then double back up to the John Witton (Meadowbank) Bridge

Ride 5 Lane Cove pedal and paddle
 new visitor facilities and path sections at Lane Cove Park entry/Lane Cover River Weir
 the Delhi Rd station never got built - due to the need to tunnel under Lane Cover River to avoid offending the sensibilities of park users, rather than the vastly more practical and less costly option of an at-grade bridge. Oh well...

Ride 6 Sunny winter's day ride
 a wide segregated path around Callan Park instead of a river of gravel. But take care here as they have managed to flip-flop which side of the path cyclists ride on from the LH to RH, then back to LH again at St George Park
 a brand new Iron Cove Bridge on the upriver (southern) side of the old one, with a new and wide shared path also on the upriver side - accessible from the St George Park shared path.

Ride 7 City back lanes
 plenty of arty action in the Danks Street area now - so be extra alert for peds and parking spotters. But it also means more good opportunities for a cafe break!

Ride 8 Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park
 has been lots of work along the northern banks of the Parramatta River so this may be an option (depending on the construction progress) to cross the river at Harris St Bridge then use back streets rather than up and over the Thackery St bridge. Have a look at the NSW Bicycle Info web site for the latest

Ride 9 Banks and Botany tour 
 new link from end Hale St LH side down to meet severed section of shared pathway through Joseph Banks reserve
 the access fee has now been removed from trips to Mascot Station - so the fares are reasonably similar to the other non-airport stations

Ride 10 Cammeraigal shores
 timetables and frequency of services to Greenwich wharf have changed. See Sydney Ferries for the new timetable information

Ride 11 Prospect waterway and cycleways
 at Greystenes a section of former canal pathway was removed to build a road across to service a new subdivision. After much lobbying and advocacy action, an at-grade refuge crossing with no signals is now in its place at the somewhat ironically named Reconciliation Rd. Take care crossing!

Ride 12 Working waterfront
 unti the latest asbestos scare, there was the option at Towns Place to veer right to Barrangaroo Foreshore promenade, and follow the cycleway markings all the way around to Kings Wharf. But this has now been closed off - you now have to access the foreshore turning right further along Hickson Rd
 construction work is proposed to the rear of the fish markets so watch for detours/hazards
 at Victoria Rd/City West Link Rd intersection use the horseshoe footbridge to go over Victoria Rd to the other side rather than alongside Victoria Rd to Anzac Bridge then back. This section of footpath was removed to build another lane onto Anzac Bridge
 construction works related to the entrance of the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Roberts St may disrupt this section of the route. Cross to the other side of Roberts Rd earlier if needs be

Ride 13 Waves and Curl Curl
 to avoid the rough grass verge alongside of Pittwater Rd, cold cross over at Hawkesbury Av lights, then through Dee Why Park, Palara Pl, Kaiora Av, Billaring Av, Sth Ck Rd, Cumberland Av, Hay St, then right after going across Pittwater Rd then left into the surf club access road

Ride 14 Kurnell sands tour
 exit from station and local roads will change during redevelopment of the area - basically you need to get to the Brodie Sparks Dr/Princes Hwy intersection
 alternate to crossing at Princes Hwy lights is to make two-stage crossing as a pedestrian
 in vicinity of the cafe and restaurants Bay St Brighton le Sands, the shared pathway continues right along the foreshore rather than next to Grand Parade

Ride 15 Watsons Bay roller coaster

 great views of Sydney Harbour from Wallangra Rd and Portland St, Dover Heights

Ride 16 Bobbing across the Hawkesbury

 watch for the condition of the rock face and track around the base of Umina Point. Alternate is the steep and busy Pearl Beach Drive/Mount Ettalong Rd

17 Pittwater loop

 ferry tickets now $10.90 each way and bikes $2.50 each way (up from $6.20 and $2.00)

18 Illawarra coast and lake

 there is now the Dew Drop Inn tea house at the Nan Tien Temple -offering cafe-style beverages, snacks, desserts and light meals, open 9am to 5pm when the temple is open

19 Georges River meander

 amended cue sheet directions approaching Newbridge Rd:
- L Cycleway alongside river for 1.5km
- L at path junction, > 100m past "house"
- R across Newbridge Rd bridge using footpath

20 Cycling Nirvana
 possibly the last the V8 car race will be held at Sydney Olympic Park in December this year. Boo hoo. Will keep you posted on any changes. SOP may once again be a cycling nirvana 365 days of the year!

21 Vista sull'acqua di Como

 amended cue sheet from Lime Kiln Bay:
- L alongside pond for 200m
- R up path to street, L Waterfall Rd
- > Acacia St for 500m, L Mi Mi St

22 A Right Royal Tour

 the cafe facilities and grounds at Audley Weir have recently been redeveloped. The fully licenced Weir Cafe within the refurbished former Audley dance hall, serves breakfast, lunch and dinners, takeaway foods and beverages and is open M-F 8.30am to 5.30pm, WE and holidays 8.30am to 7pm. Details at 

23 Northshore squiggle

 Chatswood station and entry works are now complete - proceed nth along mall then R to Victor St

24 A Manly ride

 there is now a ramp up to the East Espanade roadway - veer left from the foreshore path and follow the signs.

25 Galston Gorge and beyond


Nepean Study tour #101
 Warragamba Dam wall is now fully open for public viewing, and at the time of writing this water was cascading over the spillway

27 Down to Bobbin Head

 Bobbin Inn cafe with the visitors centre in the same building, opening hours 9am to 3.30pm weekdays and 9am to 4.30pm weekends. The visitor centre is closed from 12noon to 12.30pm.

28 Windsor Sackville loop

 a new bridge is proposed to cross the Hawkesbury R, so if it goes ahead (and in the process wiping out one of the most significant heritage precincts in Australia at George St) there will be disruptions no doubt so check the RMS web site prior to travel to see what the latest is

29 Picton Loop

 will underground coal mines have drained all the water from Thirlmere Lakes by the time you get to ride out there? Its a big question right now. Some experts are saying is natural, but many now believe that coal mining has depressurised the deep acquifer and causing changes to the rock strata and drained the five lakes. See more

30 Cumberland Plain

 although much of the bush in the Air Services site has been protected from large-scale residential development and areas now included as part of the Wianamatta Regional Park, a new threat is smal-lot rural subdivisions planned by Penrith Council, and attendant impacts on wildlife corridors. Meanwhile on the ADI site the Delfin Lend Lease Ropes Crossing development chugs along steadily converting Cumberland plain woodland to bricks and tiles...





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