Cy­clists want an­swers on paths

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Be A Lifeline For Lifeline - By JON BAS­SETT

CY­CLISTS want the State Gov­ern­ment to de­clare if a long-promised com­muter bike path through Cottes­loe will be funded in the State Bud­get in Septem­ber.

“The fact is cy­clists are forced on to dan­ger­ous Curtin Av­enue, or have to cross over and try and work their way through back streets or on Stir­ling High­way, so there’s no safe way,” Bi­cy­cling WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Mur­ray said.

As he spoke to the Western Sub­urbs Weekly, a truck locked its wheels 10 min­utes af­ter cy­clists had waited be­fore at­tempt­ing to ride against traffic be­cause they failed to see the end of the prin­ci­pal shared path (PSP) on Fre­man­tle rail­way line that ends at Grant Street Sta­tion.

Main Roads WA has con­firmed de­tailed de­sign work for the PSP’S ex­ten­sion south to the Cottes­loe train sta­tion would be com­pleted in June, but a spokes­woman said con­struc­tion was sub­ject to the Bud­get and Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions on its sched­ule.

PSP con­struc­tion to the sta­tion would leave a 4km gap at Ty­de­man Road, North Fre­man­tle, caus­ing cy­clists to con­tinue us­ing in­creas­ingly con­gested com­muter and truck routes along Curtin Av­enue and Port Beach Road.

Be­fore the March state elec­tion, La­bor said it would al­lo­cate an ad­di­tional $27 mil­lion for PSPS over the next four years, in­creas­ing PSP fund­ing to $20 mil­lion a year by 2019-20.

Mr Mur­ray said a PSP to Mid­land had been com­pleted by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment, but a Cottes­loe-north Fre­man­tle link was needed to join Perth’s and Fre­man­tle’s CBDS for com­muters, tourism and school chil­dren on bi­cy­cles.

“While we un­der­stand a lot of other projects may be wor­thy, we’re keen to un­der­stand from the Gov­ern­ment where are their pri­or­i­ties now,” he said.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said a range of PSPS were be­ing con­sid­ered ahead of the State Bud­get, and she would be look­ing at each project in de­tail in com­ing months be­fore an an­nounce­ment “in due course”.

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