CYCLISTS have received a boost after the State Government committed to build nearly 100km of cycle paths across Perth.
The Government will provide $129 million over the next four years to expand the cycling network by 95km.
Principal shared paths will be built as part of Northlink WA from Tonkin Highway to Muchea and along Reid Highway from Altone Road in Bennett Springs to West Swan Road in Middle Swan.
There is $45 million committed for shared paths in new major road projects and $55 million to fill gaps on the existing principal shared path network along the Mitchell Freeway in Osborne Park and Balcatta, Fremantle train line and Midland line in Bassendean.
Local governments will also receive $29 million in grants to develop bike plans and deliver cycling infrastructure such as shared paths and bike boulevards.
Premier Mark McGowan said while Perth had a good level of cycling infrastructure there were still many gaps.
“This investment will make sure cycling infrastructure is safer and more integrated with public transport, making life easier for busy West Australians,” he said.
“Each new Metronet train station will also be cycle friendly as part of the solution to ease Perth’s traffic congestion.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti believed it would encourage cycling participation and help reduce traffic congestion.
“These projects will provide pedestrians and bike riders with extended lengths of safe, high-quality path which will separate them from road users helping to ensure that everyone is able to travel safely while easing congestion,” she said.
Conservation Council of WA director Piers Verstegen welcomed the funding.
“Cycling is on the increase in Perth, but the lack of dedicated and safe cycling paths remains a major barrier to more people enjoying the benefits of this healthy and sustainable transport choice,” he said.
“Not only is cycling a great form of exercise, but it is also emission free – which means the more cyclists in the network, the cleaner and safer our air will be.
“More people cycling means less cars on the road, so even those who choose not to cycle will still reap the benefits from those who do.”