Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
$1 Million Boost For Perth Cycling Facilities
Victor P Taffa
Perth’s Pedestrians and Cyclists will enjoy an expansion of the city’s bicycle network after the State Government awarded $1 Million in grants for 59 infrastructure projects.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said 19 local governments had been granted funding through the Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program, administered by the Department of Transport’s Bikewest team.
“Perth is recognised for its world-class cycling facilities and these grants will further improve our attractive cycling and pedestrian infrastructure for residents and tourists.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Minister said the grants would fund 20 km of bicycle lanes, almost 10 km of shared paths and more than 250 new bicycle parking spaces to be constructed in the Perth Metropolitan Area.
The biggest grant of $124,620 was awarded to the Town of Cambridge for the construction of new shared paths, upgrades to existing paths, secure bicycle parking and painting of shared path symbols.
Mr. O’Brien said a total of 94 project applications had been received from 23 local government councils, indicating strong demand for cycling infrastructure and the success of the program.
“The Perth Bicycle Network program helps reduce congestion on our roads, cut vehicle emissions and improve the health and wellbeing of the community.” the Minister said.
“It is also attracting a great number of visitors who ride bicycles to experience Perth’s beaches, urban parks and the Swan River.”
Nearly $13 Million has been awarded through the Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program since it was launched in 1996 by the Court Coalition Government.
The program offers funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the development and implementation of cycling infrastructure, facilities, planning and promotional projects.