Cyclists in Perth will have another 95 kilometres of cycling path to ride on following an investment of $129 million by the McGowan Government.
The election commitment to increase cycling infrastructure across Perth was announced today and will go to pathways and community cycling initiatives across the next four years.
The record funding includes $55 million towards filling gaps on the current Principal Shared Path (PSP) network around Perth and $29 million in grants for local governments. This represents a $46.3 million boost to cycling investment.
An additional $45 million will be invested in paths alongside new major road projects over the next four years. Tenders relating to the project will be listed on Australian Tenders and current Civil Construction Service tenders can be found here.
"This investment will make sure cycling infrastructure is safer and more integrated with public transport, making life easier for busy Western Australians," Premier Mark McGowan said. "Perth has a good level of existing cycling infrastructure but there are still a lot of gaps and dead ends. People want to ride their bikes, but want to do so safely with dedicated infrastructure."
METRONET Keeps Cyclists in Mind
The $55 million PSP roll-out will complement the McGowan Government's METRONET vision, transforming Perth's transport network with designated paths which cyclists and pedestrians can use to ease their daily commute. The strategic roll-out will prioritise paths within a 15 kilometre radius of the Perth CBD reinforcing the McGowan Government's plan to create a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth
To ensure a consistent approach to walking and cycling connections across the State, the $29 million for local governments will help develop bike plans and the delivery of new cycling infrastructure such as shared paths and bike boulevards.
PSPs will also be considered as part of all new major road projects, with paths to be included in the NorthLink WA construction, Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road Interchange upgrade and Reid Highway duplication
As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to cycling, upgrades to secure bike spaces across the rail network are underway with Greenwood Station currently doubling the amount of bike spaces available.
"The strategic expansion of the cycling network will coincide with our expansion of METRONET as part of our multifaceted approach to reducing congestion," Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said. "The Glendalough to Hutton Street project will include a section with full separation of pedestrians and cyclists to cater for high pedestrian movements to the train station."
The gap-filling PSP expansion will include the following locations:
Mitchell Freeway PSP
- Glendalough Station to Hutton Street missing link; and
- Erindale Road to Civic Place missing link.
Fremantle Line PSP
- Grant Street to North Fremantle extension.
Midland Line PSP
- Success Hill Station to Railway Parade cul-de-sac missing link.