Have your say on shared pathways and bike infrastructure in Penrith

Monday, 10 October 2022

Penrith City Council is enhancing shared pathways and bike infrastructure in the Penrith LGA with the draft Penrith Accessible Trails Hierarchy Study (PATHS) Implementation Plan 2022-2032 now on public exhibition.

The community is invited to have its say on the future of pedestrian and bicycle pathways throughout the City to help contribute to an active, more environmentally sustainable and connected LGA.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen welcomed the ten-year implementation plan saying it provides residents of the Penrith LGA more opportunities to get active, whether that is by wheelchair, motorised scooter, bicycle or by foot.

“The proposed new pathways provide enjoyable, connected and accessible new routes which will enhance the shared pathways in our City bringing benefit to people of all ages and ability,” Cr Hitchen said.

“The draft PATHS Implementation Plan 2022-2032 is the result of highlighting areas where we can connect and enhance the active transport networks in our LGA. We want to give residents and visitors the option to use shared pathways for shorter, local trips with less reliance on private vehicles.

“We encourage the community and user groups to review the plans on the Your Say Penrith website and to leave your feedback on the proposed plans.”

The draft PATHS Implementation Plan 2022-2032 builds upon the previous PATHS 2012 routes and has considered active transport routes outlined in various strategic documents, including Council’s Penrith Green Grid, and the State Government’s Principal Bicycle Network.

The projects and routes were prioritised based on their connections to locations, such as parks and open space, schools, key services, public transport and other key destinations residents and visitors would visit.

Routes that have been identified as part of green-space or blue-space making projects under the Penrith Green Grid strategy will also look towards providing tree planting and other landscaping to help reduce the urban heat island effect created by largely paved and densely developed areas. The proposed new shared pathways for pedestrians and cyclists will not only provide convenient, connected, and enjoyable routes, but also improve air quality with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Residents can view the draft PATHS Implementation Plan 2022-2032 on Council’s website and are invited to submit their feedback by 31 October at www.yoursaypenrith.com.au/PATHS

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 10 October 2022.