THE new bike path through Cottesloe was opened by the State Government this morning.
“This path could be a premier promotional tool for tourism cycling to beaches, Fremantle and the Perth CBD,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
Ms Saffioti said Cottesloe Council was working with the Government to get cyclists to the beach from the $6.5 million, 2.8km section of the principle shared path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line, now reaching Victoria Street station in Mosman Park.
She said she would discuss with other ministers how to exploit the path’s potential, and work with neighbouring Claremont Council on an underpass keeping cyclists safe at that town’s expanding station.
The PSP’s next section of the path in the $18.6m project, through North Fremantle to Fremantle’s Victoria Street, is waiting for designs to be completed this year, with work starting in 2020, as part of work on a new Fremantle traffic bridge in about three years.
The PSP’s Cottesloe section was never completed by the previous Liberal government, but was demanded by cyclists to keep commuters, students and recreational bike users off dangerous Curtin Avenue.
“The new PSP will become the backbone for an active and connected community and we now need to build a network of local paths to connect to schools and shops in the neighbourhood, and make existing urban streets slower and more people friendly, like additional crossings over Marine Parade,” PSP campaigner Michael Thomas said.
Mr Thomas said older sections of the PSP to Perth now needed co-ordinated repairs from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
At the opening, few warnings were apparent to stop cyclists going across the Victoria, Salvado and Jarrad streets’ level crossings, and Lobby group West Cycle president Matt Fulton said he would ask that is fixed.
The PSP will now be landscaped with $120,000 split between the Cottesloe Council and Main Roads.