- Mount Hawthorn Bike Boulevard a first for WA
- Shakespeare Street route to connect with existing cycling networks
Western Australia's first bike boulevard has been completed, improving safety and bicycle network connectivity for the Mount Hawthorn community.
Speaking at the official opening today, Transport Minister Bill Marmion said building bicycle boulevards was one way to provide people with the infrastructure needed to cycle for short trips.
"The Liberal National Government is committed to providing integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for West Australians," Mr Marmion said.
"Innovative transport infrastructure such as bike boulevards encourage more people to cycle by creating slower speed environments that connect to the wider cycling network.
"This project involved extensive community consultation, ensuring residents and families in the area were given their ideal facility."
The $835,000 Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard runs from Green Street in Mount Hawthorn and connects to the dedicated, separated bike lanes along Scarborough Beach Road.
Key elements of the project include:
- a 30kmh speed limit and traffic calming to ensure a bicycle/pedestrian friendly space
- restriction of turning movements for cars at Green Street
- reversal of intersection priority to make Shakespeare Street the through road
- landscape enhancements to improve the overall look and feel of the street.
The project was funded through the State Government's Safe Active Streets Program, with construction delivered by the City of Vincent.
"Possible future stages of the boulevard could potentially connect to the Leederville town centre, Aranmore Catholic College and Medibank Stadium," the Minister said.
"This Government is providing safe, easy options for getting around our city and continuing to enhance Perth's reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world."
Minister's office - 6552 6800