Work cy­cle starts

Bike paths con­struc­tion be­gins.

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jon Bas­sett

CY­CLISTS will no longer be forced to bat­tle truck traf­fic through Cottes­loe af­ter work started to fill a gap in the route con­nect­ing Fre­man­tle to Perth.

“This sec­tion of the Perth to Fre­man­tle path, which comes to a dead end in Cottes­loe, has been an is­sue for more than a decade and the State Gov­ern­ment has made its ex­ten­sion a pri­or­ity,” Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said.

The gap left by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment caused cy­clists to mix with dan­ger­ous Curtin Av­enue and Port Beach Road traf­fic from Cottes­loe to North Fre­man­tle.

Last year, the Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated $18.7m for the 4m-wide path from the Grant Street sta­tion in Cottes­loe to Mos­man Park’s Vic­to­ria Street sta­tion.

Plan­ning con­tin­ues for its route from Vic­to­ria Street, through North Fre­man­tle, across the Swan River traf­fic bridge and into the port city.

Cur­rent con­cepts place it be­hind the Bee­hive Montes­sori School, with its own spur path for stu­dents, in plans due for com­ple­tion about May be­fore con­struc­tion in late 2019-20.

The path through Cottes­loe will have a bi­cy­cle counter, lights, signs and land­scap­ing.

The land­scap­ing in­cludes $120,000 com­bined from State and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to re­place about 30 trees and 20 large shrubs on the route along the Fre­man­tle rail­way line.

How­ever, about 200m of the path will have a re­place­ment route if a new Eric Street bridge is built in Cottes­loe.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d489850

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary Chris Tallentire on the Cottes­loe to North Freo bike path.

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