Two new bike paths for Cockburn

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TWO bike paths will soon be installed in Hamilton Hill and Spearwood after the City of Cockburn received a state government grant.

The $320,000 grant will be used to construct a 1.2km shared path from Carrington Street to Blackwood Avenue, as well as a 1.36km shared path from Phoenix Road to Angus Avenue.

A further $60,000 has been committed to the project in 2020/21, with the overall state contribution matching the $380,000 of funding from the City of Cockburn.

City of Cockburn TravelSmart officer Jillian Woolmer said the project would join to an existing path that ran from Blackwood Avenue to Phoenix Road.

“The path will be constructed from Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill following the BP oil pipeline reserve to Angus Ave, Spearwood,” she said.

“The off road path through the residential area will be 5 km in total when completed.

“The oil pipeline path is like a green spine through the suburb and links to existing and proposed paths to Fremantle, connects to the green wetlands to waves routes and Stock Road.

“Traffic congestion will reduce if people can walk and ride more easily to local shops and local schools.”

She said detailed designs were being finalised and, pending approval, construction was proposed to begin during the 2019/20 financial year.

Last year, the City of Cockburn received a similar $50,000 state government grant for the “detailed design of 3km protected bike lanes” on Rockingham Road.

As part of the project the City had planned to reduce Rockingham Road to one lane in each direction between Hampton and Phoenix roads to install median islands and a two-way bike path, but Ms Woolmer said that had been impacted by a Western Power assessment for undergrounding power along Rockingham Road.

“Underground power would enable the shared path to be constructed on the verge, retaining a four lane configuration,” she said.

“This is the preference of Rockingham Road residents and businesses, determined by the public consultation survey.”