Cycling will get a boost in WA with grants to improve biking infrastructure as the state gets set to kick off Bike Week.
The State Government will provide $6.4 million for infrastructure as part of the Western Australian Bike Network Grants scheme, matching funding for 50 local cycling projects over two years.
The grant funding assistance will go to local government authorities for planning, design and construction of bicycle infrastructure with funding split across the Perth metro area and regional WA.
Significant projects in Perth include $380,000 to the City of Cockburn for a shared path along the Spearwood oil pipeline, $401,000 for the City of Gosnells to build a 1.3km shared path connecting Beckenham and Kenwick train stations.
The City of Nedlands will also receive $290,000 to build a 2km shared path connecting to Fremantle to Perth shared path, major sporting centres and schools.
Regional projects will include $315,000 to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley to complete a cycling loop around the Kununurra town centre, the Shire of Collie will receive $210,000 to build a shared path as part of stage four of the Collie River Trail.
The projects will add at least 95km of new bike path across the network, while the WA Bike Network Grants will result in an extra 55km of path over the two years.
Bike Week 2019 begins on Friday and will run until March 24.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the grants for the bike network will “allow Western Australians to more easily ride their bikes.”
“Across the board there are huge benefits in allowing Western Australians to more easily ride their bikes,” Ms Saffioti said.
“To get more people riding more often, cycling needs to be accessible and safe, with facilities that encourage new riders to give it a go.”
She said it would improve biking paths for people who chose to ride.
“These grants support local governments to deliver high-quality, continuous and safe cycling infrastructure that is connected to local amenities and integrated with public transport providing opportunities for those who want to ride their bike for leisure or as part of their daily commute,” she said.
“The grants program is just one of many ways we are working collaboratively with local governments to enhance recreation, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to the State.”