Perth-Fremantle shared path extension opens

A new 2.1 kilometre section of Principal Shared Path along the Fremantle train line that gives riders and walkers a safe, off-road route to travel between Perth and North Fremantle opened last month.

The four-metre wide shared path has been constructed between Victoria Street and North Fremantle stations, and provides new access points to North Fremantle Station and the Leighton Beach Boulevard.

A new concrete path connects to the Beehive Montessori School, and upgrades to pedestrian crossings on Curtin Avenue provide pedestrians with safe access to Mosman Beach and Leighton Beach car parks.

In 2019, a 3 kilometre section of path along the Fremantle Line was completed between Grant Street and Victoria Street, with data collected over the first year of opening showing a 139 per cent increase in bike traffic.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: "This path extension is a great asset for the Fremantle community and provides safe access to local amenities for walkers and riders of all ages and abilities, as well as a high-quality, connected trip between the City and North Fremantle.

"Every day more than 600 cyclists use the PSP north of Victoria Street Station and we expect this number to grow with the opening of this new section of path."

As part of WA Bike Month this October, the community is invited to participate in a free event by the Leighton Community Action Network Town Team to celebrate the opening of the new path section.

The 'Leighton Slow Roll' is an all ages and abilities bike ride from Victoria Street Station along the new shared path to North Fremantle Station on October 17, 2021. The ride finishes near Leighton Beach, with riders to collect stamps at checkpoints to claim a free brekkie roll or coffee at one of the local cafés.

See what else is planned for WA Bike Month here.

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