The number of local residents looking to escape the daily rat race and commute to work by bike has steadily increased in recent years.
Given the potential to cut road congestion and the obvious health benefits, cycling has been firmly placed on the agenda of all levels of government.
Parramatta and Holroyd council each have a comprehensive bike strategy but future works depend on funding availability.
Parramatta Council has a $6.75 million budget for shared paths this financial year.
Holroyd Council spends about $50,000 a year to maintain cycleways and a budget up to $250,000 depending on grant availability. John Holstein, chairman of CAMWEST, a cycling lobby group, recognises the high cost of off-road bike paths but says there needs to be a concerted effort to improve connectivity within and between local government areas.
"We appreciate as funding becomes available council completes the easiest sections first leaving the more difficult bits to later, but that sometimes leaves gaps in the track," Mr Holstein said.
A classic example, he said, is the kilometre track from Fox Street in Holroyd towards Pitt Street.
"It comes to a grinding halt putting people back on the road until they get to Burnett Street."
It's these missing links that see many novice riders shy away from commuting to work or avoiding key tourist points like Parramatta Park.
Mr Holstein said small tunnels that will be put into the Lennox Bridge will allow an uninterrupted route along Parramatta River to the park.
"In the next couple of years there will be a complete off-road cycle link between Homebush Bay and Parramatta Park — it will create a very good commuter and recreational route," Mr Holstein said.
A council spokeswoman said the council were also working with Parramatta Park on plans to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to the George Street Gatehouse.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the council were committed to his Healthy Generations initiative.
''We encourage residents and workers to leave their cars at home, and walk or cycle to the city on one of our safe off-road paths,'' Cr Chedid said.
''With the paths now extending along the river from Wharf Road Ermington to the newest section at Shepherd’s Wharf, it’s a great way to start the day - and a perfect activity for the family on weekends.”
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said the focus needs to be on fully connected paths with destination points.
He envisages interconnected paths from urban pedestrian connections to scenic river routes, historic trails and a connection up to the Parramatta heritage precinct.
He was recently one of the first people to ride the Shepherds Wharf path and announced $35,000 in state funding — to be matched by Parramatta Council — towards the Queens Wharf Reserve and Alfred Street link on Parramatta River.
In Holroyd a cycleway link between Ledger and Burnett streets has been approved that will allow a continuous network from Olympic Park to South Wentworthville.
The strip, from Ledger to Rita Streets will link existing paths at the M4/Rita Street underpass and M4/Fox Street underpass, is expected to be complete by December.
A spokesperson for the council's Holroyd Bike Network said the council's bike plan was devised to create a safe, effective and enjoyable environment for cyclists in the area as a form of transport and recreation.
''The Bike Plan identifies existing and future bicycle routes, and details the development and implementation of a bicycle network for the Holroyd LGA. [It] also incorporated an audit of existing bicycle routes and facilities within the Holroyd LGA to determine repairs, enhancement and improvements required,'' the spokesperson said.