Western Australia

53 bicycle projects across WA share in $2.7m of funding

THE West Australian Government last week announced that a total of 32 local governments will receive more than $2.7 million to improve the state's bike network, including bike paths around schools, through the State Government's latest grants program.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the investment would see the creation of 22.5 kilometres of bike paths and 3.2 kilometres of on-road bikeways.

It follows the release earlier this year of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031, which aims to support the expansion and promotion of cycling.

"Of the 53 projects, 14 are near schools and make good on our pledge in the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-31 to improve safety for school children," Mr Nalder said.

Five local bicycle plans will be prepared across the state and will help guide future grant submissions.

Overall, the State Government has committed $39.95 million until 2017-18 for the Principal Shared Path program, local government grants and Perth CBD projects.

Each year, grants are provided to local governments for cycle paths and the development of bike plans through the Regional Bicycle Network and Perth Bicycle Network.

More information about the Perth Bicycle Network Grants is available from <http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/25722.asp> and more information about the Regional Bicycle Network Grants is available from <http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/25728.asp>.

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