THE City of Armadale will receive more than $650,000 in State Government funding over the next two years to extend the Railway Avenue bike path.
The $658,582 grant will be used to create an extra 1.53km of shared path along Railway Avenue, adding to the path which ends just south of Sherwood Station and continuing it through to Challis Station.
The funding will be split over two years, with $329,291 allocated for this year and $329,291 for 2019-20.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti said the hope was that the path would eventually extend through to Gosnells and then onto Perth.
“I am very pleased that my community has been awarded the third largest amount in the latest round of Perth Bicycle Network Grants,” he said.
“The expansion of cycling paths in my electorate will be of major benefit to many – whether they be school children riding to school, those seeking to improve their fitness through cycling and also those, including the elderly, who wish to cycle in a safe environment.
“This, of course, will also benefit motorists by providing greater separation between cyclists and motorists.
“My hope is that eventually members of my local community will be able to cycle from Armadale to Perth solely via riding on cycling paths.”
The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale also benefited from the funding, receiving $30,000 for the detailed design of a 3.55km shared path on Thomas Road.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said increasing Perth’s network of bicycle paths would improve the connection between local communities.
“This cash injection into WA’s bike network will help ensure infrastructure is continuous across local government boundaries and provide enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to WA,” she said.