Hornsby Council slips on bike paths

HORNSBY is the third worst performing council for bike expenditure per capita in NSW.

A survey conducted by the Bicycle Network listed Hornsby's committed bike expenditure at $152,500 — 93 cents a person for the shire's population of 163,865.

Hornsby was ranked behind only Burwood (29 cents) and Coffs Harbour (84 cents) councils in its bike expenditure, while Newcastle ($18.27) and Canada Bay ($16.56) councils were well above the state average.

The network's chief executive Craig Richards said most Sydney councils were "still in the dark ages" and had slipped behind the rest of Australia.

"There are still too many [councils] with their heads in the sand," Mr Richards said.

"Every year they delay action, the accumulated infrastructure deficit grows, and so ratepayers are left in the lurch."

Hornsby Triathlon Club president Adrian Stark said the shire would benefit from more bike paths in the Hornsby CBD and Galston areas.

"We usually go on rides through Galston Gorge and out towards the northern suburbs," Mr Stark said.

"Our club thinks there's an opportunity there to add new paths for the growing number of bicycle riders."

A council spokeswoman said no bicycle facility funding was awarded to the council despite numerous submissions to Roads and Maritime Services.

"The council is in the process of the 2013 pre-construction works for first stage of the Kangaroo Point to Brooklyn Cycleway," she said.

The council will be lobbying the government to amend the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track Project to allow the provision of a cycleway between Pennant Hills and Cheltenham.

If completed it will provide a direct cycleway link between Pennant Hills and Epping.

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