Cottesloe fills missing link in Perth to Freo bike path

Chris Tallentine and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Chris Tallentine and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

CYCLISTS will no longer be forced to battle truck traffic through Cottesloe after work started to fill a gap in the route connecting Fremantle to Perth this afternoon.

“This section of the Perth to Fremantle path, which comes to a dead end in Cottesloe, has been an issue for more than a decade and the State Government has made its extension a priority,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

The gap left by the previous government caused cyclists to mix with dangerous Curtin Avenue and Port Beach Road traffic from Cottesloe to North Fremantle.

Last year, $18.7m was allocated for the 4m-wide path from the Grant Street Station, Cottesloe to Mosman Park’s Victoria Street Station by mid-year.

Planning continues for its route from Victoria Street, through North Fremantle, across the Swan River traffic bridge and into the port city.

Current concepts place it behind the Beehive Montessori School, with is own spur path for students, in plans due for completion about May, before construction in late 2019-20.

The path through Cottesloe will have a bicycle counter, lights, signs and landscaping.

The landscaping includes $120,000 combined from the government and the town’s council for saplings to replace about 30 trees and 20 large shrubs on the route along the Fremantle railway line.

However, about 200m of the path will have a replacement route if a new Eric Street bridge is built in Cottesloe.

Ms Saffioti said use of the path by tourists riding to Fremantle and beaches was hoped to be one of the additional benefits of the route, which her government recognised was needed for continuous commuter riding between the two largest business districts in Perth.

It would provide safety for students and recreational riders in the western suburbs.

“The path will also provide important connections to local amenities such as public transport, the Mosman Park activity centre and Cottesloe Primary School,” she said.