Claremont council gives in-principle support to PTA offer for new shared bike path to Claremont station

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CLAREMONT council has given its in-principle support to a Public Transport Authority (PTA) offer for a new commuting and school bike path to Claremont station.

“We will now develop a detailed path design, which will allow the PTA to work out the potential cost of extending the path, and whether such a project would be viable,” a PTA spokeswoman said.

“However, at this stage there is no funding for delivery of such a project.”

At last week’s meeting, Claremont councillors backed extending a currently unfunded dual-use path along Graylands, Lapsley and Davies roads north of the station.

Claremont was chosen by the PTA for one of its station access projects, and it and the council have been working to create a concept design paid for by the PTA, and including a separated bike path along Lapsley Road and better crossings at nearby intersections.

A staff report said the PTA had investigated the extension after hearing about the council’s project to build the northern part of the route, which if extended could use a rebuilt Lapsley Road that runs east from the Claremont Golf Course.

The report said money could be saved by doing the path and the rebuild at the same time.

Councillor Kate Main, a bike path advocate, said the longer bike path would serve commuters, students and recreational cyclists.

“This shared path now goes to Mt Claremont Primary School, and it could now kink around to the Claremont Quarter and Scotch College,” Cr Main said.

Councillors agreed the PTA would have to cover the costs of designing the longer route, and any other cycling improvements including traffic lights or better intersections, before they consider any formal proposal later this year.

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