City set to invest in pedal power

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said $3.4 million would be spent on items in urgent need of an upgrade, including road cycle lanes, dedicated cycle paths and bike racks.

Ms Scaffidi said it was a priority for the City to promote cycling as a healthy lifestyle option and transport alternative.

‘Approximately $155 per capita of the City of Perth’s population will be spent on cycle infrastructure,’ she said.

‘That is the highest per capita spend for any capital city in the nation and more than double that of what other local WA councils are spending.’

Investment in shared path and on-road cycle lanes for 2014-15 is $2.4 million and $300,000 has been allocated to an extension of the new shared cycle path on Mounts Bay Road between Mill and William streets.

Last month, the council also approved a concept plan for Murray Street, which includes provision for dedicated on-road cycle lanes.

‘Each year we assign $500,000 from our capital budget to implement cycle routes around the city, but we also use funds from other resources and projects,’ Ms Scaffidi said.

In addition, the City will host a pop-up bicycle event in Grand Lane on March 17 as part of the State Government’s Bike Week initiative.