Western Australia

Budget takes cycling investment up a gear

The WA Government has continued its commitment to provide a safe, integrated and accessible cycling and walking network for Western Australians.

Building on the most significant investment into cycling infrastructure in the State’s history, 2018’s Budget will see a total allocation of more than $134 million over the next four years.

This funding includes the bringing forward of $18.7 million for construction to start on the highly anticipated missing section of the Fremantle Railway PSP in 2018-19.

Over the next four years, a total of $67 million will be used to close gaps along the Fremantle railway and Mitchell Freeway PSPs, completing an interconnected network of pathways extending 15 kilometres from the Perth central business district.

To ensure continuity and to provide enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences, $31 million will be available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including safe active streets.

Importantly, the WA Government has secured $5.3 million in 2021-22 from the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement, to continue the Bike Boulevard grant program and maintain WA Bicycle Network grants into the forward estimates.

The four-year cycling plan also comprises more than $36.5 million for cycling and pedestrian facilities as part of major road projects.

A map of the major bike and pedestrian paths planned for the next four years is available on the WA Department of Transport’s website.

Source: WA Government