Wanneroo Council endorses $13m, four-year plan to connect cycle path network

Pic 489735p: Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Natalie Sangalli with Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard and club members Angelina Howard and John Robinson.
Pic 489735p: Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Natalie Sangalli with Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard and club members Angelina Howard and John Robinson.

THE City of Wanneroo’s cycle plan, endorsed by the council in December, aims to connect a network of paths and improve safety for cyclists.

The four-year, $13 million plan will see more than 46km of cycle paths built between Koondoola and Two Rocks, as well as upgrades or line-markings added to 35km of existing paths.

The plan aimed to “accelerate construction” of missing sections in the network, identifying links needed in Yellagonga Regional Park, to Yanchep National Park, and from Burns Beach to Mindarie.

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Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Cycle Plan 2018-19 to 2021-22 aimed to provide a safe cycle network linking to existing and future transport nodes, including the Metronet rail extension to Yanchep.

“It will also connect many of the City’s wonderful natural attractions and popular shopping and entertainment destinations,” she said.

“Once complete, the City’s cycle network will provide City of Wanneroo residents with the opportunity to replace their current primary mode of transport with cycling.”

Mrs Roberts said the City received “overwhelming community feedback” to create “a robust cycle network that will allow bike riders to cycle as a viable transport alternative”.

Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard said the plan would address gaps in the path and road networks to give children and adults safe and convenient alternatives to cars.

“Adding more lanes to our roads does not solve traffic congestion in the long run,” he said.

“You’ve just got to look at big cities to see that car-centric approaches ultimately fail.

“The bike plan represents bigger picture thinking to make active transport a genuine and safe alternative that will alleviate traffic congestion.

“Addressing the low rates of kids riding bikes will create a generational change in using active transport, with the added benefit of improving health and connection to the local community.”

The first phase of the plan will deliver cycle networks throughout the City and map out the potential for future cycle facilities at the Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep train stations.

The cycle paths will be built in conjunction with major transport projects funded by Western Australian Bicycle Network grants and State Government transport projects including, Mitchell Freeway extensions and the Wanneroo Road widening project.

View the cycle plan online or at the civic centre and libraries during office hours.