PARRAMATTA should thank the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore's fascination with bike paths.
One only has to drive through the city to watch car drivers' frustration with the lack of on-street parking; closed lanes; cyclists disobeying road rules, riding on the wrong side of the road and ignoring dedicated bike paths.
Yet there is a strong case for Parramatta to carefully plan shared bike and pedestrian paths to alleviate road congestion. Great cities have great connections that include pedestrian and bicycle access.
Most importantly, bike paths should not be at the expense of our existing roads, be fully connected and lead to destination points. The 2011 census show that only 303 Parramatta residents use bikes to get to work.
Something is not working.
The answer is utilising existing corridors such as Parramatta River Duck Creek foreshores, and land under the M4.
This will encourage the use of bikes as a viable alternate means of transport to get to work and keep bikes off arterial roads.
Businesses can make the choice between locating in an ever increasingly clogged Sydney City or the less congested Parramatta. Thank you Clover for making that choice easier.