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Missing bike path link completed

Published on Friday 13 March, 2020

Shared Path

It is now easier for bike riders and pedestrians to get around in Beckenham thanks to the completion of a shared path project, delivered by the City of Gosnells.

The project, funded in partnership with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and Department of Transport, extends a shared path alongside Railway Parade that previously ended at the border of the cities of Gosnells and Canning.

The City and Department of Transport each contributed $100,000 towards the project, while the PTA funded $165,000.

Mayor David Goode was joined by Member for Cannington Bill Johnston MLA and Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire MLA, to cycle the stretch of new path.

“Cyclists and pedestrians would be well aware that the path simply stopped at the City’s boundary, leaving people without easy access to Beckenham train station,” Mayor Goode said.   

“It was fantastic to see so many people using the new path and I look forward to continuing to create a safer path network for our residents,” he said.

Mr Johnston said the extension is important in improving the safety and accessibility for cyclists.

“Missing links in cycle paths make it harder to get around on two wheels, so I’m pleased to deliver on my commitment to fix this one. I thank the City of Gosnells for their contribution,” he added.   

Mr Tallentire has been an advocate for cyclists and improved path networks for many years.

“Riding a bike is a brilliant way to commute, you are getting exercise in fresh air and travelling for very little cost,” he said.

“Bike riders come in all shapes and sizes including serious commuters, recreational riders and family groups. Our quality shared path network is an encouragement to us all.” 

The City is currently in the planning stage of another joint path project which will see a 2.1km section of path built from William Street to Ladywell Street, Beckenham, connecting to the Roe Highway principal shared path.

The project between the City and the Department of Transport, through the WA Bicycles Networks Grant, will be delivered in two stages in 2020/21 and 2021/22.