Trans­port boost

State Bud­get 2017-18.

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Justin Bian­chini

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.

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