Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Budget takes cycling investment up a gear

    16/05/2018 1:00 PM
     
    • Since elected, the McGowan Government has committed $157 million to new bike and pedestrian paths, as part of an integrated transport plan
    • The State Budget includes a total allocation of more than $134 million over the next four years
    • Funding brought forward to complete missing section of Fremantle Railway Principal Shared Path (PSP) 

    The McGowan Labor Government has continued its commitment to provide a safe, integrated and accessible cycling and walking network for Western Australians.

     

    Building on the most significant investment into cycling infrastructure in the State's history, this year's Budget will see a total allocation of more than $134 million over the next four years.

     

    This funding includes the bringing forward of $18.7 million for construction to start on the highly anticipated missing section of the Fremantle Railway PSP in 2018-19.

     

    Over the next four years, a total of $67 million will be used to close gaps along the Fremantle railway and Mitchell Freeway PSPs, completing an interconnected network of pathways extending 15 kilometres from the Perth central business district.

     

    To ensure continuity and to provide enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences, $31 million will be available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including safe active streets.

     

    Importantly, the McGowan Government has secured $5.3 million in 2021-22 from the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement, to continue the Bike Boulevard grant program and maintain WA Bicycle Network grants into the forward estimates.

     

    The four-year cycling plan also comprises more than $36.5 million for cycling and pedestrian facilities as part of major road projects.

     

    A map of the major bike and pedestrian paths planned for the next four years is available on the Department of Transport's website.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "Across the board there are huge benefits in allowing Western Australians to more easily ride their bikes, as part of the State's integrated transport plan.

     

    "This record funding will provide safe and continuous riding and walking facilities that will provide opportunities for those who want to ride their bike for leisure or as part of their daily commute.

     

    "One of the impediments to greater participation in cycling, for both commuting and recreation, is the disconnected nature of cycle path infrastructure.

     

    "People have long complained about the sudden end to the cycle path that follows the Perth to Fremantle railway line, forcing them onto the busy Curtin Avenue.

     

    "Prioritising construction of this missing link will address safety and accessibility concerns by providing a continuous off-road facility between Perth and Fremantle, reducing the potential for conflict with road traffic and providing a high-quality link to key tourist attractions."

     

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