The Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to improving Western Australia's cycling network with $4.1 million granted to 43 projects across 37 local governments, as part of the Department of Transport's 2017-18 grants program.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the funding assistance would be used for cycling infrastructure and the development of bicycle plans.
"This funding into WA's cycling network ensures local infrastructure and facilities meet the needs of the State's growing cycling community," Mr Marmion said.
"The investment will see the creation of 20 kilometres of shared paths which will separate cyclists from motorists, making life easier and safer for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.
The funding enables the planning of four new bike boulevards and an intersection upgrade in the City of Fremantle to make the busy junction of Queen Victoria, Parry and Adelaide streets safer to cross, by introducing cycle head starts and traffic light phasing.
"Four of the successful projects are part of the Connecting Schools Program which is aimed at improving bicycle access and end-of-trip facilities for local schoolchildren, which is great news for parents and families," the Minister said.
Over the next four years, the State Government will invest $90 million in cycling infrastructure through grants programs, bike parking at train stations, major projects such as the Mitchell Freeway extension and NorthLink WA, and development of the Principal Shared Path network.
Projects receiving grants include:
1.9km shared path in the City of Swan connecting Ellenbrook with the Swan Valley and Midland
3.1km shared path along Pinjarra Road in the Shire of Murray connecting residential areas to the Pinjarra town centre
950m shared path completing the link between Collie and Allanson
1.4km bike boulevard along Moorland Street in the City of Stirling to link the train station to residential areas around Birralee Park and ultimately Scarborough Beach
Funding was made possible through the Department of Transport's Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants
The State Government has been providing local government grants for cycling infrastructure since 1987
Minister's office - 6552 6800