State Budget 2017-18.
CYCLISTS have received a boost after the State Government committed to build nearly 100km of cycle paths across Perth.
The Government will provide $129 million over the next four years to expand the cycling network by 95km.
Principal shared paths will be built as part of Northlink WA from Tonkin Highway to Muchea and along Reid Highway from Altone Road in Bennett Springs to West Swan Road in Middle Swan.
There is $45 million committed for shared paths in new major road projects and $55 million to fill gaps on the existing principal shared path network along the Mitchell Freeway in Osborne Park and Balcatta, Fremantle train line and Midland line in Bassendean.
Local governments will also receive $29 million in grants to develop bike plans and deliver cycling infrastructure such as shared paths and bike boulevards.
Premier Mark McGowan said while Perth had a good level of cycling infrastructure, there were still many gaps.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti believed it would encourage cycling participation.
“These projects will provide pedestrians and bike riders with extended lengths of safe, high-quality path which will separate them from road users, helping to ensure everyone is able to travel safely while easing congestion,” she said.
Conservation Council of WA director Piers Verstegen welcomed the funding.
“More people cycling means less cars on the road, so even those who choose not to cycle will still reap the benefits from those who do,” he said.
Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski, Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announce cycle path funding.