Meeting needs of more riders
The new dedicated cycle path between the Bassendean and Bayswater train stations, opened in June. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

There is no doubt that an increasing number of people in Perth are choosing to cycle their way around the city.

Our climate and landscape make the prospect of bike riding an attractive one and the State Government is keen to provide better facilities for those who cycle to work and back, for leisure and exercise.

We have committed an additional $20 million over two years to improve cycling infrastructure and increase bicycle network grants across the State.

This increase included a doubling of the grants to local governments in Perth to $2 million for the two years to upgrade their cycle paths.

Those living outside the city have not been forgotten. Grants to local governments in regional WA doubled to $1.5 million in the first year and increased to $2 million the following year.

The Government is in the process of determining our next priority areas as we continue to grow the cycling paths network and I hope those interested in having their say had a look at the draft WA Bicycle Network Plan 2012-2021.

We are taking into consideration the comments received and revising the plan to ensure that we meet the needs of the community as best we can.

It is clear that when we build new paths in locations where we have determined there is demand, cyclists will make use of them.

The Bayswater to Bassendean bicycle path, which was opened in June, has seen a 61 per cent increase in cyclist usage compared with the same time last year after receiving $2.6 million for construction of the path.

Design work is under way for paths between Bassendean and Midland stations, along Erindale Road to Balcatta, from Shenton station to Loch Street, Cottesloe to the Montessori school, over the Narrows Bridge to Thelma Street and along the Kwinana Freeway between Scandrett Way and London Way.

The West Australian

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