A DIRECT link to Perth CBD, more Swan Valley paths and improved connections to Malaga have made cycling and walking around City of Swan easier than ever.
In the last financial year, 83km of walking and cycling trails were added to City of Swan’s network, with an additional 175km built over the last four years.
A $3.8 million cycle path connecting Midland to Perth CBD was completed in September, enabling a safe new option for commuters and enthusiasts.
The State Government-delivered path starts at the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Morrison Road, then follows the Midland train line route to provide an uninterrupted 15.8km journey into Perth.
Midland-Guildford ward councillor Ian Johnson said improved walking and cycling infrastructure had economic and health benefits for the community.
“When people opt to cycle or walk, we’re reducing congestion on our roads, saving money on parking and fuel, and improving our health by exercising,” he said.
In Altone Place, the final section of the Marshall Road shared use path between Beechboro Road and Malaga Drive was also completed in September.
Altone ward councillor David Färdig said the path would serve as an important link between Malaga and the areas further to the east such as Bennett Springs, Beechboro and Caversham.
“These are suburbs of significant population growth, while Malaga serves as an important employment hub in the City of Swan,” he said.
There is also more cycling infrastructure in the works.
In March, the City will be completing the final section of a shared-use path in the heart of the Swan Valley on West Swan Road.
The new section will connect with the existing West Swan Road to Gnangara Road, allowing visitors and residents to harness pedal power to enjoy the Swan Valley’s many offerings.
Meanwhile, planning and design funding has also been allocated for a shared-use path to connect Ellenbrook with the Swan Valley.
This path is planned to run along Gnangara Road between Henley Brook Avenue and West Swan Road, creating a 2km link for thousands of Ellenbrook and Aveley residents to the picturesque Swan Valley.