The Western Australian Government is investing $7.6 million for cycling infrastructure, which is to be matched by local governments.
Funding is hoped to create more than 100 kilometres of bike paths across the state.
Over the next two years this funding will be delivered through the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program.
It will provide 74 grants to 51 local government areas that have applied for the funding.
The $7.6 million WA Bicycle Network grants will be split between metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
Each path will aim to connect people to schools, tourism and community hubs.
In Perth, $3.77 million has been allocated to 23 projects including:
- Continuing the Railway Parade Shared Path from William Street to Ladywell Street in the City of Gosnells;
- Continuing the Canning Route 2 to connect Cannington to Willetton in the City of Canning;
- New protected bicycle lanes along Archer and Mint Streets in the Town of Victoria Park.
Regionally, $3.83 million will support 51 projects, stretching from Esperance in the south to Kununurra in the north. They include:
- The Bandy Creek Road shared path from Fisheries Road to Bandy Creek in the Shire of Esperance;
- The Northlink to Muchea shared path connection in the Shire of Chittering;
- The Wilson Street shared path project in the Town of Port Hedland.
A local company has also been awarded the contract to complete the existing shared path on the Kwinana Freeway between Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue.
This project will create 74 kilometres of uninterrupted pathway between Perth and Mandurah.
Georgiou will take on the $16 million project which includes building a new underpass beneath the Cranford Avenue on-ramp.
Perth-based Advanteering Civil Engineers have also begun an extension of the Freemantle Line shared path.
This project, worth $5.1 million, will result in a 2.1 kilometre shared path running from Victoria Street Station to North Fremantle Station.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said in the past year we have seen cycling participation increase dramatically and the McGowan Government is building the infrastructure to match.
“The WA Bicycle Network grants allow us to partner with local governments to deliver grassroots connections – to local schools, tourism attractions, town centres and more,” Saffioti said.
“As we have seen with our record investment in cycling infrastructure – when we put the paths in place, habits change and people use them.”