Upgrades postponed

PLANS for cycling infrastructure upgrades near schools in Cockburn have been put on the backburner.

Twelve months ago, the State Government offered $3m so that a number of projects identified in the Department of Transport’s 2015 Cycling Imagineering Workshop report could be implemented.

There were about 30 improvement areas identified across Perth.

Among ideas for Cockburn were improvements to cycling and walking connections at Phoenix Primary School, Bibra Lake Primary School and Perth Waldorf School.

At the time, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the DoT was close to reaching agreements with several local governments.

A year on, the minister, and information in the recent state budget, revealed the $3m would not be spent on connections to Cockburn schools.

“This funding has been put towards the planning and development of Western Australia’s first three bicycle boulevards in the Cities of Bayswater, Belmont and Vincentas well as separated cycle and pedestrian paths in the City of Joondalup,” Mr Nalder said.

The State Government will supply the DoT with $8.6m to spend on cycling infrastructure in 2016-17.

Mr Nalder said the City of Cockburn would receive $45,000 to develop its detailed bike and walk plan.

“Cycling projects for the City of Cockburn will be considered as part of this plan,” he said.

“In addition, bicycle shelters are being installed as part of the Aubin Grove Train Station development.”

A principal shared path on the south side of Armadale Road to link the Kwinana Freeway to Tonkin Highway was also included in the Imagineering Workshop.

Cycling lanes on Armadale Road should be included as part of plans to widen the road.