On the right path to better biking facilities

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In fact, the principal shared path (PSP) along the Kwinana Freeway between the Narrows Bridge and Thelma Street footbridge is the busiest in the metropolitan area, recording about 2500 bike movements each day.

Earlier this month, work started on a $3.1 million upgrade of the path and work is expected to begin soon on a new path along the Perth-Midland rail line, from Bassendean station to Success Hill station.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the two projects would make cycling safer.

His comment coincides with the release of the WA Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031, which will be a blueprint for metropolitan and regional cycling facilities.

‘The number of people cycling to work and for leisure in Perth has increased more than five-fold over the past 15 years and there has also been a 14 per cent growth in cycling on paths around the CBD over the past year,’ Mr Nalder said.

But Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren said delivering the plan would take much longer because funding was cut to around $12 million a year.

‘This means that, funding-wise, the bicycle network may go backwards. This is an ambitious plan, but it will take too long or never be completed if serious funding is not committed now,’ Ms MacLaren said.

‘Anyone living more than 15km from the CBD will have to wait until 2023 to get a principal shared path connection to the city.’

Mr Nalder said priority would be given to the construction of PSPs along freeways and rail lines and in a 15km radius of the CBD.

To view the plan, visit transport.wa.gov.au/WABN