Bikes on Bar­nett’s wish list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 -

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett says he and his wife may get on their bikes when an elec­tion-promised $24 mil­lion cy­cling net­work con­nects the Perth CBD, City Beach, Cottes­loe and Fremantle for com­muters and tourists.

“Lyn and I have been think­ing of get­ting a cou­ple of bikes since I an­nounced the moun­tain bike trails in the Porongu­rups re­cently,” Mr Bar­nett said.

The Lib­eral Party’s cy­cling strat­egy, re­leased two weeks ago, in­cludes promised fund­ing for sec­tions to com­plete five new cy­cle paths.

On the coast, $15 mil­lion is promised for a 30km In­dian Ocean Ride through Cottes­loe from Fremantle to Hil­larys, in­clud­ing sep­a­rate and pro­tected lanes on West Coast High­way.

The strat­egy of­fers $3.75 mil­lion for a 9.6km city to surf route from the Perth CBD to City Beach, $3.5 mil­lion for a Kings Park cy­cle loop and $1.5 mil­lion to up­grade fore­shore paths along the Swan River.

Mr Bar­nett said all the paths could be­come ma­jor at­trac­tions for Asian tourists, par­tic­u­larly for the boom­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in cy­cling by Sin­ga­pore­ans.

How­ever, Cottes­loe res­i­dents have long waited for the in­land cy­cling path on the Fremantle Rail­way line to con­nect where it stops at Swan­bourne and restarts in North Fremantle.

Mr Bar­nett said the coast route could also be used by com­muters and while it was a ”good idea” to con­tinue the rail­way line path through Cottes­loe, there was a lim­ited amount of money and “only so much one can do in one go”.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d465932

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett says he and wife Lyn may get bi­cy­cles to make full use of the new cy­cle paths he has promised.

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