Perth's first bike boulevard has been approved, improving safety and bike network connectivity in Western Australia.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Shakespeare Street Bicycle Boulevard, in the City of Vincent, had received endorsement from the council.
Mr Nalder said the Department of Transport had been working with the City to develop the demonstration bicycle boulevard, a low-speed street where cyclists have priority, along with local traffic.
"Building bicycle boulevards encourages more people to cycle by creating slower speed environments that connect to the wider cycling network. The boulevards will give bike riders a greater share of the street," he said.
Shakespeare Street was chosen because it is a direct, relatively flat route with low traffic volumes that also connects to the Scarborough Beach Road separated bike lanes recently installed by the council.
The department and the City will develop the design and construction schedule for the project in the coming weeks and this will be considered by the council next month.
The project is funded through the State Government's Safe Active Streets Program with construction being delivered by the City of Vincent.
"Possible future stages could potentially connect to the Leederville town centre, Aranmore Catholic College, Medibank Stadium, North Metropolitan TAFE Leederville campus, City of Vincent Library and the Loftus Recreation Centre," the Minister said.
The $3 million Safe Active Streets program is a key outcome of the Cycling Imagineering Workshop held in March 2015
Shakespeare Street is a Perth Bicycle Network local bicycle route that bike riders already use
The project has included extensive community consultation which began in November 2015
Minister's office - 6552 6400