- State and local governments working together to ensure a seamless cycling experience
- McGowan Government investing $134 million in cycling over four years
- Follows recommendations of recent Parliamentary report and audit of cycling investment
- State Government continues to fill cycle route gaps across Perth and Peel
Ahead of Bike Week 2019, the McGowan Government has announced it has started developing the ultimate blueprint for the future cycling infrastructure across the Perth and Peel regions.
The Perth and Peel plan will feed into the wider planning for the Long-Term Cycle Network for WA, which is already underway. Several regional cycling strategies across the South-West regions have already been released, identifying a range of priority projects.
The development of a consistent network recognises that consensus at local and State Government levels is essential for the success of a truly integrated riding and walking experience.
Improved planning consistency across State and local governments was a key recommendation raised in the recent Parliamentary report, Further Along the Path, which examined how governments can facilitate better outcomes for cycling infrastructure.
The aim of the project is to ensure that both tiers of government are working towards the delivery of an interconnected system providing multiple transport options, recreational opportunities, safety and support for tourism and commercial activity.
Already, the McGowan Government is overseeing a $134 million investment over four years into building at least 90 kilometres of new bike paths. Major projects currently under construction include:
- Fremantle Railway PSP from Grant Street to Victoria Street;
- Mitchell Freeway PSP from Goody Close (near Glendalough Station) to Hutton Street;
- NorthLink WA PSP from Reid Highway to Muchea, passing Ellenbrook; and
- Armadale Road PSP from Tapper Road to Anstey Road.
The consultation between State and local governments for the Perth and Peel cycling plan will take about two years to complete, while the regional components are being developed as part of the Regional 2050 Cycling Strategies project that is already underway.
When a consensus is reached, the proposed network will guide funding allocated through the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Western Australia is a cyclist's dream, with a combination of great weather, favourable terrain and a picturesque landscape - it is the perfect place to walk and cycle.
"While we have a good level of existing cycling infrastructure, we know that improving connections across local government boundaries is key to encouraging more people to ride their bikes.
"Our current focus is filling the gaps on Perth's major cycling routes, with planning and construction on many already underway.
"The Perth and Peel plan will enable us to get to a grassroots level to see how people want to get around - to the shops, to sport, to work and to places like train stations.
"As METRONET gathers momentum, it is very important we plan for the cycling links that will feed into our future stations and precincts."
Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA and cycling ambassador Chris Tallentire:
"This project will result in a blueprint to ensure State and local governments work together towards the delivery of an integrated network that will provide further opportunities for those who want to ride for leisure or as part of their daily commute.
"Meanwhile, in the regions there will be a focus on supporting the growth plans of cities and towns, linking them together and with key tourism attractions such as trails and landmarks.
"This is one of many projects where the State Government is working collaboratively with local governments to improve cycling and walking connections for all Western Australians.
"As a keen cyclist, I look forward to working with the various local governments and communities across Perth and Peel to map out how we can boost our cycling infrastructure."
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