The State Government will invest in new bike and pedestrian paths in a bid to provide a safe and accessible cycling and walking network in WA.
$134 million will be provided as part of an integrated transport plan including $67 million over the next four years to create an integrated transport plan, building on the most significant investment into cycling infrastructure in the State’s history.
The funding will include bringing forward $18.7 million for construction to start on the missing section of the Fremantle Railway Principal Shared Path (PSP) in 2018-19.
$67 million will be used to close gaps along the Fremantle railway and Mitchell Freeway PSPs, completing an interconnected network of pathways extending 15 kilometres from the Perth CBD.
“Across the board there are huge benefits in allowing Western Australians to more easily ride their bikes, as part of the State’s integrated transport plan,” transport minister Rita Saffioti said.
“People have long complained about the sudden end to the cycle path that follows the Perth to Fremantle railway line, forcing them onto the busy Curtin Avenue.”
“Prioritising construction of this missing link will address safety and accessibility concerns by providing a continuous off-road facility between Perth and Fremantle, reducing the potential for conflict with road traffic and providing a high-quality link to key tourist attractions.”
$31 million will also be available for planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including safe active streets to ensure continuity and enhance recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences.
Meanwhile, the State Government has also provided $5.3 million from the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement in 2021-22, to continue the Bike Boulevard grant program and maintain WA Bicycle Network grants over the next four years.
The four-year cycling plan will also comprise more than $36.5 million for cycling and pedestrian facilities in major road projects.
“One of the impediments to greater participation in cycling, for both commuting and recreation, is the disconnected nature of cycle path infrastructure,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This record funding will provide safe and continuous riding and walking facilities that will provide opportunities for those who want to ride their bike for leisure or as part of their daily commute.”