Bike riders in Bunbury, Western Australia, have a new path to smile about, with an upgrade along Estuary Drive between Willinge Drive and the railway crossing officially completed last week.
The three-metre wide shared path with kerb barriers separating it from the road allows for safer and more accessible active transport between Bunbury and Australind.
Mayor Gary Brennan was chuffed with the health and safety benefits this will bring to the community, telling the South Western Times “It looks great, it’s a lot safer and its just part of what the city (council) does.
“We are very proud of the fact that we’re able to do a lot of work on those different areas.
“When you look at our pathways, we’ve spent several million dollars on them over the last few years and the community benefits.”
This project was partly funded by the Department of Transport through its Western Australian Bicycle Networks Grants program and the Federal Government Roads to Recovery program.
The next stage of improvements will commence in the next 12 months and will see the road continue to be upgraded up to Pelican Point.
Thinking about jumping on the bike?
If this upgrade has made jumping on the bike more appealing to you, we have a whole catalogue of tips and resources to help you unlock the benefits of active transport.
From tips on getting started, to road rules, information on bike maintenance and general know how - you can find it all at bicyclenetwork.com.au/tips-resources.
Image: City of Bunbury engineering officer looking over the works. South Western Times