Today Liberals WA announced their cycling commitments ahead of the 2017 State Election. The key takeaways are detailed below.
NEW BIKE PATHS AROUND PERTH’S LANDMARKS
A network of bike paths around Perth destinations to attract tourists and recreational cyclists will be constructed.
A commitment of $24 million will create five Scenic Shared Paths that will highlight Perth’s cityscape, the Swan River, Perth Hills and coastline.
The five Scenic Shared Paths (SSP) include:
- $15 million to develop a $30 million Indian Ocean Beach Ride – running along the coast from Hillarys to Fremantle, incorporating existing coastal paths and new paths to fill gaps as well as protected bicycle-only lanes for West Coast Drive.
- $3.75 million to develop a 9.5km City to Surf Cycle Route from Perth Arena to Haydon Bunton Drive, along Salvado Road, Alderbury Street and on Oceanic Drive to City Beach.
- $3.5 million to develop a 12km Kings Park Cycle Loop allowing tourists to cycle around and through Kings Park to access its many attractions. The project includes paths on Thomas Street and Kings Park Road.
- $1.5 million for the upgrade of 3.5km of path to complete the Swan River Cycle Circuit, which will provide cycling facilities on both sides of the Swan River between East Perth and the Garrett Road Bridge, connecting to the new Perth Stadium. When finalised this will create a 29km loop, with options for cyclists to complete the whole length, a 10km (South Perth only) option, or a 19km East Perth option.
- $150,000 to complete the Perth Hills Cycling Route from Guildford to Kalamunda.
$100,000 will also be provided to WestCycle to establish and maintain a guide to cycling in Western Australia.
$23 million from proceeds of the partial sale of Western Power will be used to construct a 1.9km shared path between Hutton Street and Glendalough. This will create a fully connected cycling route along the Mitchell Freeway from Joondalup to the Perth CBD.
$9.3 million for mountain bike trails including:
- $4.3 million to create a trail network of national significance along the Collie River and Ferguson Valley – 70km of new trails in Wellington National Park
- $2.7 million to deliver high quality and easily accessible recreational mountain biking destinations near Perth – 40km of trails in John Forrest and Beelu national parks
- $2.3 million investment in 45km of new trails in the Porongurup National Park, providing tourism opportunities for the region