Walking and Cycling
Transport, congestion and getting around has been identified as one of the top three concerns for our community, and we are committed to improving it in a sustainable way.
Sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling will help overcome our geographic dispersion while improving health, increasing equity through increased low cost travel options, reducing congestion, heat from car exhausts and carbon emissions.
The City of Parramatta is planning to deliver active transport infrastructure through the release of the Parramatta Bike Plan and the Parramatta Ways Walking Strategy.
Subiaco Creek - Key missing link of Parramatta walking and cycling path now open.
Cyclists and pedestrians can now travel on a high-quality, river front path from Parramatta Park to Sydney Olympic Park following the official opening of the Subiaco Creek link on the 19th June 2017.
Subiaco Creek - connecting parramatta park to sydney olympic park
Local cycling routes
The flat surrounds and connected cycleways of Parramatta's CBD and suburbs make it the perfect place to get around by bike. To decrease your carbon blueprint, utilise the many cycleways to commute to work and improve your health as a byproduct. Over 50% of most car trips are less than 5km. Sub in cycle time for car time and you can enjoy Parramatta's outdoors whilst reaping the health benefits.
Parramatta has an extensive number of cycleways including the:
- The Parramatta Valley Cycleway follows the Parramatta River from Parramatta Park to Morrison Bay Park in Ryde and heads west along dedicated bike paths, quiet streets and the river foreshore. Cyclists can continue to Parramatta CBD or explore the connection to Sydney Olympic Park via the Silverwater Bridge.
- 2 Transit-ways (or T-ways) to the North-West and Liverpool both include shared pedestrian and cycle paths offering a good route to Liverpool via Wetherill Park and Rouse Hill adjacent to Old Windsor Road.
- M4 Motorway Viaduct Route links Auburn, Granville, Holroyd and the Parramatta CBD via Good Street or Mays Hill.
- Parramatta to Liverpool Rail Trail is nearly 17km long and runs parallel to the railway line through Merrylands, Yennora and Fairfield to Liverpool.
- favourite training ground of local riders at Parramatta Park at roughly half the size of Centennial Park.
Secure bike storage
A free, secure bike shed for 50 bikes has recently been opened near Parramatta Station. To get access and register your Opal card, head to ServiceNSW.
Securely store your bike with lockers at Parramatta Wharf and Parramatta train station.
Secure bike parking is also available in the city centre in two locations at:
- Erby Car Park
- Howood Place Car Park
Each site has a secure bike storage area, lockers for personal items and change rooms which include showers. Access is controlled by a member swipe card and the storage areas are monitored by 24 hour CCTV. There are over 40 parking spaces available for those who wish to travel to Parramatta by bike.
Membership is $20 per month and offers:
- 24 hour access to secure bike parking cage, change rooms and lockers
- 24 hour surveillance in the bike storage area
- member only swipe card access to change rooms and bike storage areas.
To join call Secure on 02 9633 1863 or visit the office in either Erby or Horwood Place car parks.
Practical cycling tips
Before you start on your cycling journey:
- check that your bike is in good working order if you have not used it for a while
- start with short trips on quiet roads or bike paths before tackling longer trips. If you are riding to work ask your colleagues if they cycle - they can be a great source of information
- try combining cycling with public transport. It is a great way to cover longer distances - contact Bicycle NSW to find out more.
Parramatta Bike Plan
The Parramatta Bike Plan has been informed by over 3,000 submissions from the community. Combined with a comprehensive cycling audit, current population and jobs forecasts and the latest thinking in cycling infrastructure, the key themes from this engagement have been woven into a cycling network for the next 20 years and beyond.
Bike Plan Summary - 10 MB
Bike Plan - 56 MB
Bike Plan Vol 1: Engagement - 12 MB
Bike Plan Vol 2: Saddle Survey - 19.5 MB
Bike Plan Vol 3: Detailed Route Descriptions - 3 MB
Bike Plan Vol 4: Public Consultation Summary - 24 MB