Wheatbelt towns on track for bike path developments

Wheatbelt towns on track for bike path developments

Goomalling, Toodyay and York residents are among those to share in a $7.6 million boost to walking and cycling paths, which will add more than 50 kilometres to the WA Bicycle Network (WABN) over the next two years.

As part of the annual WABN grants scheme, the state government will match funding with local governments, who have successfully applied for the funding.

The grants program will assist local government authorities with the planning, design and construction of bicycle infrastructure, with funding split evenly between metro and regional areas.

This funding will support projects on Bowen Street and High Street in Goomalling, Jarratt Pass in Toodyay, and Henrietta and Forrest streets in York.

In addition to local government infrastructure projects, funding has also been committed to continue the Your Move Connecting Schools program, which aims to improve bicycle access, wayfinding, bicycle education and end-of-trip facilities at schools.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti said tourist trails in Chittering will kept connect local towns and attract tourists to the regions.

"There are countless benefits to walking and riding, which is why the WA Government continues to add to its record funding of cycling infrastructure through the WA Bicycle Network grants scheme," she said.

"To get more people riding more often, we need to build safe and accessible facilities, which is why we have prioritised facilities that connect communities to the primary cycle network and public transport hubs."