City of South Perth receives $52,500 in bicycle network funding

The Member for South Perth, Mr John McGrath MLA, said residents in the City of South Perth will soon enjoy improved cycling facilities following the announcement of $52,500 in State Government funding through the Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grant Program.

Mr McGrath said the funding will go towards preparation of the City of South Perth bike plan and for bicycle parking at Sir James Mitchell Park.

“The new cycling infrastructure will improve the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities, provide new healthy transport opportunities and reduce vehicle emissions within the City of South Perth,” Mr McGrath said.

 “The Perth Bicycle Network program is also helping to reduce congestion on our roads while giving people a healthy alternative to get about.”

Administered by the Department of Transport’s Bikewest, the program offers funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the development and implementation of cycling infrastructure, facilities, planning and promotional projects, and so far $13million has been spent under the grants program since first established in 1996.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien, who announced the latest grants earlier, said 19 metropolitan councils would share in a total of $1million for improvements to the Perth Bicycle Network.

“Perth is recognised for its world-class cycling facilities and these grants will further improve our cycling and pedestrian infrastructure for residents and tourists,” Minister O’Brien said.

For more information on the Perth Bicycle Network and the Local Government Grant Program, ring (08) 9216 8000 or visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/pbn

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