Work cycle starts
Bike paths construction begins.
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.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Parliamentary secretary Chris Tallentire on the Cottesloe to North Freo bike path.