Works come to path

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

WORK fi­nally started to fill a gap in the cy­cling route con­nect­ing Fre­man­tle to Perth through Cottes- loe last week.

“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.

How­ever, about 200m of the 4m-wide path will need an al­ter­na­tive route if a new Eric Street bridge is built in Cottes­loe.

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

Last year the Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated $18.7 mil­lion for the path from the Grant street sta­tion in Cottes­loe to Mos­man Park’s Vic­to­ria Street Sta­tion by mid-year.

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

Cur­rent con­cepts place this sec­tion be­hind the beach­side Bee­hive Montes­sori School, which will have its own spur con­nec­tion for stu­dents, in plans sched­uled to be com­pleted about May be­fore planned con­struc­tion starts in early 2020.

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

Fund­ing for land­scap­ing in­cludes $120,000 from the gov­ern­ment and Cottes­loe Coun­cil for saplings to re­place about 30 trees and 20 large shrubs on the route along the rail­way line.­mu­ni­ d489850

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Chris Tal­len­tire on the bike path from Cottes­loe to Fre­man­tle. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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