It's now possible to ride or walk off road for 10 kms along the northern side of Parramatta river (Parramatta to Putney)! Thanks to a new bridge across Subbiaco creek the shared path allows people to travel safely to and from Parramatta without ducking into the industrial areas of Rydalmere.
Before Subiaco creek connection
Bike riders would have to ride 500 metres on road in an industrial area between Rydalmere and Parramatta. It's not much, but it's still off putting enough for those with children and not confident riding in traffic.
After Subiaco creek connection
Bike riders can ride off road, along the river for 10 kms from Parramatta to Putney!
I took the opportunity over the weekend to travel from the City to Merrylands (Check out the post on Sydney Nom Rides). The route was half on road cycle path and off road, and interestingly included a "punt" (a ferry to transport vehicles and people) across Parramatta rived between Mortlake (Breakfast point) and Putney.
The Putney punt has been operating since 1925, it's free of charge to use, operated by RMS. Operates all day on weekends and only during peak hours on weekdays. It's basically a platform on cables that moves back and forth by 2 operators and was built because it was cheaper than building a bridge.
Check out the Strava link for route details.