Cy­cling funds boost


Melville Times - - News -

CY­CLISTS have re­ceived a boost af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to build­ing 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.

This in­cludes $55 mil­lion to fill gaps on the ex­ist­ing prin­ci­pal shared path net­work along the Mitchell Free­way from Glen­dalough Sta­tion to Hut­ton Street in Os­borne Park and Civic Place in Stir­ling to Erindale Road in Bal­catta.

Links will also be built along the Fre­man­tle train line from Grant Street in Cottes­loe to North Fre­man­tle and Suc­cess Hill Sta­tion to Rail­way Pa­rade in Bassendean.

New ma­jor road projects will in­cor­po­rate shared paths, with $45 mil­lion com­mit­ted over the next four years for paths along Reid High­way from Al­tone Road in Beechboro to West Swan Road in Mid­dle Swan, North­link WA from Tonkin High­way to Muchea, as part of the Roe High­way and Kalamunda Road in­ter­change up­grade, rail ex­ten­sion to Yanchep, planned Mur­doch Drive con­nec­tion in Mur­doch and along Armadale Road in Piara Waters from Tap­per to An­stey roads. Kings­ley MLA Jes­sica Sto­jkovski, Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti have an­nounced in­creas­ing fund­ing for cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture.

The Gov­ern­ment is also dou­bling the num­ber of bike spa­ces avail­able at Green­wood Sta­tion and will pro­vide $29 mil­lion in grants to lo­cal gov­ern­ments 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.

“This in­vest­ment will make sure cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture is safer and more in­te­grated with pub­lic trans­port, mak­ing life eas­ier for busy Western Aus­tralians,” he said.

“Each new Metronet train sta­tion will also be cy­cle-friendly as part of the so­lu­tion to ease Perth’s traf­fic con­ges­tion.”

Con­ser­va­tion Council of WA di­rec­tor Piers Ver­ste­gen wel­comed the fund­ing.

“Cy­cling is on the in­crease in Perth, but the lack of ded­i­cated and safe cy­cling paths re­mains a ma­jor bar­rier to more peo­ple en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of this healthy and sus­tain­able trans­port choice,” he said.

“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.”

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