More money per capita will be invested in cycling infrastructure in Perth than in any other capital city in Australia this financial year.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said $3.4million would be spent with road cycle lanes, dedicated cycle paths and bike racks among the priorities.
“Approximately $155 per capita (of the City of Perth’s population) will be spent on cycle infrastructure,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“That is the highest per capita spend for any capital city in the nation, and more than double that of what other local WA councils are spending.”
Investment in shared path and on-road cycle lanes for 2014/15 is $2.4million, and $300,000 has been allocated to an extension of the new shared cycle path on Mounts Bay Road between Mill and William Streets.
This month, the City of Perth council approved a concept plan for Murray Street that includes provision for dedicated on-road cycle lanes.
“Each year we assign $500,000 from our capital budget to implement cycle routes around the city, but we also use funds from other resources and projects,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“This week city cyclists have had access to free sessions with a “Bike Doctor” who specialises in all things cycling.”
Funded by the City of Perth and Healthier Workplace WA, BikeDr provides professional and convenient bike servicing and will offer free bike checks, minor servicing and puncture kits to city cyclists (see below for future session dates).
The City of Perth will also run a ‘pop-up’ bicycle event in Grand Lane next month (Tuesday 17 March) as part of the State Government’s Bike Week iniatitive.
Ms Scaffidi said it was a priority for the City to promote cycling as a healthy lifestyle option and transport alternative.
“With our growing population, rejuvenated public spaces, and a focus on activating all areas of the city, there hasn’t been a better time to get on your bike and explore Perth,” Ms Scaffidi said.
|Tues 17 March||7-9am||Grand Lane Bike Week Event|
|Tues 14 April||7-9am||Waterside of Riverside Drive|
|Tues 19 May||7-9am||TBC - McIver Staiton|
|Tues 16 June||7-9am||John Oldham Reserve|
Issued by Adam Westerhout, Communications and Public Relations Officer.
Ph: 9461 3429