State Election 2017: Government pledges $4 million to improve cycling network

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THE State Government has pledged more than $4 million to improve Western Australia’s cycling network over the next financial year.

As part of the Department of Transport’s 2017-18 grants program, $4.1 million was allocated to 43 projects across 37 local governments, including the City of Swan.

Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the funding assistance would be used for cycling infrastructure and the development of bicycle plans.

“This funding into WA’s cycling network ensures local infrastructure and facilities meet the needs of the State’s growing cycling community,” Mr Marmion said.

“The investment will see the creation of 20km of shared paths which will separate cyclists from motorists, making life easier and safer for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.”

The City of Swan will receive a grant to upgrade 1.9km of shared pathway connecting Ellenbrook with the Swan Valley and Midland.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said the funding would be used for cycling infrastructure and the development of bike plans.

“This funding into WA’s Local Government cycling network ensures local infrastructure and facilities meet the needs of the State’s growing cycling community, especially for the City of Swan,” Mr Alban said.

“Ellenbrook’s Bus Rapid Transit project will also see a cycle path connecting the Ellenbrook residents with the Whiteman Park tourist facility.”

Over the next four years, the State Government will invest $90 million in cycling infrastructure through grants programs, bike parking at train stations, major projects such as the Mitchell Freeway extension and NorthLink WA, and development of the Principal Shared Path network.

The funding was made possible through the Department of Transport’s Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants.

For more information on the grants program and recipients, visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/wa-bicycle-network-and-grants.asp.