Major boost to cycling for the future

04 September 2017
The McGowan Government is delivering on its election commitment to crank up cycling infrastructure across Perth – providing the most significant investment in the State's history.
  • McGowan Government delivers election commitment to increase cycling infrastructure
  • A record allocation of $129 million over four years
  • Cycling infrastructure to be better integrated with public transport in line with METRONET objectives
  • Major boost to cycling infrastructure to help support local jobs
  • At least 95km of new cycling path to be built.

Stock image of a cyclist on a shared path

An investment of $129 million over the next four years will go towards a chain of new projects across the State's cycling network.

The $129 million will allow at least 95 kilometres of cycling path to be added to the network – as well as a range of community cycling initiatives.

The record funding includes $55 million towards filling gaps on the current Principal Shared Path (PSP) network around Perth and $29 million in grants for local governments. This represents a $46.3 million boost to cycling investment.

An additional $45 million will be invested in paths alongside new major road projects over the next four years.

The $55 million PSP roll-out will complement the McGowan Government's METRONET vision, transforming Perth's transport network with designated paths which cyclists and pedestrians can use to ease their daily commute.  

The strategic roll-out will prioritise paths within a 15 kilometre radius of the Perth CBD reinforcing the McGowan Government's plan to create a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth.

The gap-filling PSP expansion will include the following locations:

Mitchell Freeway PSP

  • Glendalough Station to Hutton Street missing link; and
  • Erindale Road to Civic Place missing link. 

Fremantle Line PSP

  • Grant Street to North Fremantle extension. 

Midland Line PSP

  • Success Hill Station to Railway Parade cul-de-sac missing link. 

To ensure a consistent approach to walking and cycling connections across the State, the $29 million for local governments will help develop bike plans and the delivery of new cycling infrastructure such as shared paths and bike boulevards.

PSPs will also be considered as part of all new major road projects, with paths to be included in the NorthLink WA construction, Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road Interchange upgrade and Reid Highway duplication.

As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to cycling, upgrades to secure bike spaces across the rail network are underway with Greenwood Station currently doubling the amount of bike spaces available.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"This investment will make sure cycling infrastructure is safer and more integrated with public transport, making life easier for busy Western Australians.

"Perth has a good level of existing cycling infrastructure but there are still a lot of gaps and dead ends.

"People want to ride their bikes, but want to do so safely with dedicated infrastructure.

"Each new METRONET train station will also be cycle friendly as part of the solution to ease Perth's traffic congestion."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"More principal shared paths are vital for encouraging cycling participation.

"The strategic expansion of the cycling network will coincide with our expansion of METRONET as part of our multifaceted approach to reducing congestion.

"These projects will provide pedestrians and bike riders with extended lengths of safe, high-quality path which will separate them from road users helping to ensure that everyone is able to travel safely while easing congestion.

"The Glendalough to Hutton Street project will include a section with full separation of pedestrians and cyclists to cater for high pedestrian movements to the train station."