WA government to spend $8m on bikes and walking paths

Over 57 kilometres of bike and walking paths will be built across Western Australia, thanks to new funding by the State Government.

The $8 million investment, part of the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program will be shared between 38 local governments to deliver 50 projects over the next two years.

The funded projects, which span the entire state, include the following:

  • A shared path from Station Road to Bussell Highway in Busselton
  • A shared path in North Pinjarra
  • Two shared bike and footpath projects in Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • A coastal shared path upgrade from Forth Street to Holgate Road in Abbey-Broadwater
  • A coastal shared path at Halls Head Parade in Mandurah
  • Upgrades to the South West Highway Rail Crossing
  • Construction and maintenance of bicycle paths in Kununurra and Halls Creek

"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," says the WA transport minister Rita Saffioti.

The funds are a much-welcomed pledge by the WA Government to support active travel across the state. Last year, the National Walking and Cycling Participation Survey found that had increased by 6 per cent across Western Australia compared to 2019.

"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," says Minister Saffioti.

This article was made possible by the support of Bicycle Network's members who enable us to make bike riding better in Australia.