Upgrades to paths a win for cyclists
TWO cycling upgrades in the Shire of Harvey are among 39 projects across 34 local governments to receive funding from the State Government.
The projects include a 1.9km shared path linking the Harvey town centre to recreational facilities at Harvey Dam and a 550m upgrade to the Estuary Drive shared path between Bunbury and Australind.
The funding is provided through the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants programs, which help local governments plan, design and build cycling facilities for the community.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the programs helped ensure infrastructure was continuous across local government boundaries and integrated with the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan.
“This cash injection into WA’s bike network will help ensure infrastructure is continuous across local government boundaries and provide enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to WA,” Ms Saffioti said.
“As part of a total investment of $129 million into cycling infrastructure, local governments will be provided with $29 million in funding over the next four years - the most significant cycling investment in WA history.”
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said the projects promoted healthy living.
“It gives people the opportunity to sightsee or bring some tourism but it’s also great for a healthy lifestyle,” Mrs Clarke said.
“It’s getting people out of the house, onto bikes and into a safe place to go for a bike ride as a family.”
Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the upgrades would go a long way to improving safety for cyclists.
“The Estuary Drive Shared Path is the only safe off-road facility linking Bunbury and Eaton so I am really pleased the McGowan Government has recognised its importance by providing $85,000 to help lift its standard,” Mr Punch said.
“The path is part of the Greater Bunbury Cycle Path Network and records some of the highest use of any long distance path in the Greater Bunbury area but is currently in poor condition.
“This funding really is responding to a priority project for cyclists in the Bunbury Geographe area.”
It’s getting people out of the house, onto bikes and into a safe place to go for a bike ride as a family. -Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke