My dad was in hospital recently getting a hip replaced. The hospital is located in the Western suburbs of Sydney, inside a "business park" overlooking a manmade lake. Patients have great views of the water, and there's always people outside to gaze at.
Dad being the super outdoorsy person that he is naturally wanted to get outside as soon as he was able to. But the second (metre) you step outside the only option people have is to hop into a waiting car.
No footpath around the hospital.
No footpath to the lake.
No footpath to get outside the car park.
Front door of hospital straight to the car.
Patients can be seen hobbling with their walking sticks navigating through the car park down to the water.
Lucky the hospital is new and isn't busy. I can't imagine what patients will have to do once all the cars start hearing about the empty car park.
Come on developers, just build footpath where ever you expect people to be.
It's Saturday and I have to travel out to a business park in Western Sydney to visit dad in hopsital. What a pain. Googlemaps is telling me it's a 30 minute bike ride from Sevenhills station. Blah. I dreading the cars and the anger and the fumes.
Little did I know that there's actually decent amounts of cycleway and shared paths in Blacktown. There was only one nasty bit on a major road that I wasn't completely comfortable with but most of the 8 km ride was really pleasant. Even managed to pick some oranges from an overhanging tree (which were in plenty out there).
8 kms of shared path and cycleways from Seven Hills station to Norwest business park.
We heard from tourism departments of New Zealand, Japan, Tasmania, Flight centre's active travel direct, councils from Australian country towns all discussing the economic benefits of Cycle Tourism to their communities and the economy.
As you can imagine Cycle Tourism comes in an assortment of flavours. I've broken them down to 4 major areas:
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