- Major increase in cycling infrastructure spend in Western Australia
- Mitchell Freeway bike path gets funding leading to a dramatic increase in use
- Cottesloe to North Fremantle bike path scheduled for 2020-21
Today the State Government has announced a significant investment into cycling infrastructure that will transform the connectivity for riders within 15kms of the CBD. WestCycle, the peak body for cycling in the State and Bicycling Western Australia both strongly support this announcement and commend the State Government and the Department of Transport for their continued focus on cycling as a mode of transport and a solution to congestion challenges that Perth faces. Todays announcement of $129 million increases the funding to the Principal Shared Path program to $55 million over 4 years representing a significant increase to previous budget forward estimates of around $7 million per annum. This is in addition to the funding to Local Governments through the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants as well as the Bike Boulevard program. In the lead up to the State election in March the cycling community called on all political parties to invest in cycling and prioritise cycling infrastructure as a means of improving the health of Western Australians and reducing congestion. Today we’ve seen a clear indication that the State Government recognises the benefits cycling brings to the community and they are taking it
Comments from Matt Fulton, CEO, WestCycle
“The Mitchell Freeway shared path is currently one of the more frustrating places to ride in Perth, it’s pleasing to see that the State Government has now committed to fixing this vital link in the riding network”.
“Research shows that for every kilometre a cyclist rides the economy saves $1.43, so taking intoaccount the increase usage of the Mitchell Freeway bike path the economy is set to generate approximately $10 million per annum on this stretch alone, meaning the project will repay the State many times over the life of the infrastructure”.
“Coupled with the State Governments commitment to introduce Minimum Passing Distance legislation, todays announcement is a positive move for the safety of riders that will see more and more people using a bike as a means of transport”.
Comments from Jeremey Murray, CEO, Bicycling Western Australia
“Today’s announcement will help make riding a bike much easier and safer. The Mitchell Freeway bike path has long been a broken link in the bike network and I am very confident we will see significant growth in the number of people cycling along this vital bike route.”
“This announcement brings a promise to return investment in cycling infrastructure back to levels reminiscent of the late 1990s and will represent the largest annual spend to the Principle Shared Path network on record.”