A total of 30 local governments will receive a share of more than $3.5 million over two years to further improve Western Australia's bicycle network, as a result of the Department of Transport's 2016-17 grants program.
Each year, the Liberal National Government provides grant funding assistance to local government authorities for cycling infrastructure and the development of bike plans through the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the 2016-17 investment would see the creation of 15 kilometres of shared paths which would separate cyclists from motorists.
"This cash injection into WA's cycling network will help ensure local infrastructure meets the needs of the State's growing cycling community," Mr Nalder said.
The funding enables the further design and construction of a one kilometre-long, 2.5 metre-wide recreational shared path on West Swan Road, Henley Brook between Saunders Street and Gnangara Road. Planning and design funding has also been allocated for a shared path along Gnangara Road, Henley Brook between West Swan Road and Henley Brook Avenue by two kilometres to link with Ellenbrook.
Other significant projects include:
- a 1.4km extension of the Safety Bay Road shared path to complete the link to the Warnbro train station and cycling infrastructure along the coast
- a 1.6km shared path along Bussell Highway in Bunbury between Washington Avenue and Centenary Road
- a 900m shared path along Balmoral Road in Karratha between Tilbrook Close and Nickol Road
- a 1.2km shared path connecting Jurien Bay District High School to key areas in Jurien Bay within the Shire of Dandaragan.
Overall, the State Government has committed $44.6 million until 2019-20 for the Principal Shared Path program, local government grants and the bike boulevards program.
The State Government has been providing local government grants for cycling infrastructure since 1987
The State Government has allocated $44.6 million over four years to improve safety and bike network connectivity for all West Australians
Minister's office - 6552 6400