Premier Colin Barnett committed $24 million to create five scenic, tourism cycling routes which will highlight Perth’s cityscape, the Swan River, Perth Hills and the coastline.
A network of bike paths around Perth’s most picturesque destinations to attract tourists and recreational cyclists will be constructed by a re-elected Liberal Government.
- New bike paths around Perth’s most beautiful landmarks
- Additional $47 million committed to cycling infrastructure plus $9.3 million for mountain bike trails
“Between 2009 and 2016 the number of cyclists using Perth’s cycle network has grown by around 19 per cent, with 9,300 cycling trips undertaken each day in 2016 within the CBD area,” the Premier said.
“The opportunities and benefits of cycling are significant – cycling has a major role in reducing congestion on our roads, has numerous health and social benefits and has the potential to be a game changer for tourism in this State.”
The five Scenic Shared Paths (SSP) include:
- $15 million to develop a 30km Indian Ocean Beach Ride, a world-class cycling path along the coast from Hillarys to Fremantle, incorporating existing coastal paths and new paths to fill gaps as well as fully dedicated, separated, protected bicycle-only lanes for West Coast Drive, increasing safety for both groups and allowing for more pedestrians and cyclists to travel through the area.
- $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 allowing locals and visitors to Perth to have access to a safe and direct route from the CBD to the coast.
- The City to Surf Cycle Route – along with the Indian Ocean Beach Ride – will open up our world-class coastline and beaches to tourists staying in the city with a leisurely ride to the coast taking less than an hour.
- $3.5 million to develop a 12km Kings Park Cycle Loop allowing tourists to cycle around and through the park to access its many attractions and take in unparalleled views of the Swan River and Kings Park. The project includes cycle 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 providing cycling facilities on both sides of the Swan River between East Perth and the Garrett Road Bridge, connecting to the new Perth Stadium complex. Once 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. This route caters for the more experienced sports cyclists by way of on-road facilities shared with other vehicles. The signage and markings will provide an easy to follow route while highlighting the environment for other road users.
- $100,000 will also be provided to WestCycle to establish and maintain a guide to cycling in Western Australia highlighting scenic routes, mountain biking and sightseeing opportunities. This will be undertaken in conjunction with the departments of Tourism and Transport.
- More than $133 million already invested by the Liberal-led Government since 2008.
- Currently 23% of Western Australians ride a bike each week
- Mountain bike trails to be completed include;
- $4.3 million to create a trail network of national significance along the Collie River and Ferguson Valley.
- $2.7 million to deliver high quality and easily accessible recreational mountain biking destinations near Perth.
- $2.3 million investment in 45km of new mountain bike trails in the Porongurups, which will be a significant drawcard for the region.
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