Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Liberal News

Additional $30m for city bicycle paths

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will spend an additional $30million building bicycle paths within 15 kilometres of the Perth CBD.

Premier Colin Barnett said it was clear that there was ever-increasing demand for convenient and safe cycling routes, and, if re-elected, a Liberal Government would provide these as a priority public transport project.

“We will continue to cater for increased demand for well-designed cycling routes as part of our balanced public transport plan,” Mr Barnett said.

“This will include an additional $30million to complete sections of the Principal Shared Path (PSP) network within 15km of the city, delivering commuters a safe and viable alternative to travelling by car.

“We have already committed $24.48million over the next three financial years to do more work on bike paths and associated facilities throughout the State.

“The Liberal-led Government has already delivered unprecedented levels of funding for bicycle paths, and not only in the Perth metropolitan area. We doubled grants to local governments to fix and build paths in regional WA.”

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the Liberal-led Government delivered the first comprehensive review of Western Australian cycling facilities in 16 years by releasing the Bicycle Network Plan in 2012.

“The Bicycle Network Plan has prioritised the completion of the Principal Shared Path network within 15 kilometres of the CBD, as well as new short-trip initiatives,” Mr Buswell said.

“The bike plan was a response to the large take-up in cycling across the State and will guide the development and implementation of cycling infrastructure in the next decade.

“Since 1996, the number of people cycling to work or for leisure has increased more than five-fold, with an estimated 300,000 cyclists per month taking to the roads and paths around Perth.

“With Perth undergoing significant population growth, we expect the popularity of cycling will also increase and this plan aims to improve cycling infrastructure and support the demand for safe, off-road cycle routes.”

The additional funding will be used to get work started on PSP priority projects:

  • Kwinana Freeway (Narrows Bridge to Mount Henry Bridge) - widening of the existing path at selected locations
  • Perth to Fremantle railway line - new path and grade separation from Grant Street to Fremantle
  • Glendalough to Balcatta along the Mitchell Freeway
  • Completion of the Bassendean to Midland station section of Perth-Midland path.

“Under the Bicycle Network Plan, the Liberal-led Government has doubled funding for metropolitan and regional bicycle network grants to local government, up from $1million a year to $2million for metropolitan councils, and up from $750,000 a year to $2 million for regional councils,” Mr Buswell said.

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