$8 million of grants allocated to 50 active transport projects across 38 local governments
At least 57 kilometres of new bike and pedestrian infrastructure to be delivered over the next two years
Additional infrastructure to encourage more people to ride and walk more often
A record $265 million in walking and riding infrastructure over next four years
An $8 million McGowan Government investment will help create more than 57 kilometres of high-quality bike riding and walking connections across Western Australia.
As part of the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program, this funding will be shared by 38 local governments to deliver 50 projects over the next two years.
The State Government provides up to 50 per cent funding for eligible projects to help ensure infrastructure is continuous across local government boundaries, increasing safety and connectivity for the community as well as boosting tourism opportunities for local businesses.
Regional projects awarded funding for 2022-23 and 2023-24 span from the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions, all the way up to the Kimberley.
This includes major shared path and tourist trail projects in Albany, Harvey and Kondinin, which will provide essential connections between town sites and key local destinations and facilities.
In the metropolitan area, 12 projects stretching from Mandurah to Wanneroo will come to fruition with protected bike lanes and shared paths linking schools, medical services and shopping centres to existing networks.
The McGowan Government has a strong focus on well-connected and planned cycling and walking infrastructure, with $265 million allocated to projects over the next four years.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“The McGowan Government is investing a record $265 million dollars in active transport infrastructure over the next four years to encourage Western Australians to explore the State on their bike or by foot.
“The $8 million awarded as part of the grants program will support local governments to enhance recreational, commuter and tourism riding, and walking experiences for residents and visitors to the State.
“It is just one way we are working collaboratively with local government to ensure our active transport infrastructure is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
“There are huge benefits to walking and riding for everyone, which is why the WA Government continues to add to its record funding of bike and pedestrian infrastructure through the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program.”