FREMANTLE and Cockburn have been awarded more than $500,000 in cycling grants on the eve of WA Bike Week (March 15-24).
As part of the McGowan government’s bike plan, Freo council was given $175,000 to improve cyclist safety at the intersection of Queen Victoria, Parry and Adelaide Streets near Princess May Park. Cockburn got $380,000 for a 2.5-kilometre shared bike path along the oil pipeline in Spearwood.
Fremantle deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham said the funding would help to make Fremantle a more bike-friendly city.
“…the current layout of the intersection is confusing for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists,” she said.
“The cycle lanes on the approaches stop before they reach the intersection, which means at a critical point there are no line markings or priority for cyclists.”
As part of the WA bike network grants scheme, the state government is matching funding for 50 council cycling projects over two years.
More than $6.4 million will be shared between 40 local governments, creating about 55km of new cycle and pedestrian paths.
Melville and East Fremantle councils missed out on funding this time, but Melville is still celebrating Bike Week with a series of educational programs, including bike maintenance and how to get back into cycling.
Melville’s Evan Biggs, 83, is one of the many seniors who still loves to ride.
He’s a well-known member of his local bike group and says he has no plans to hang up the handlebars anytime soon.
“It’s an easy way to keep fit; if you’re feeling tired just go a bit slower,” Mr Biggs says.
“It’s just the case of a very brief refresher course to give you the confidence to get back on the bike, and with so many cycle paths you don’t need to go on the road.
“I am not a racer, the bike’s only half my age and we seem to get along together.”
Bike Week events (March 15-24):
• Light Me Up Ride, 6pm, Saturday March 16, South Beach
• Rusty Riders, 2-6pm, Sunday March 17, Booyembarra Park
• Cycle School (6-10 year olds), 3.30-5.30pm, Thursday March 21, Fremantle PCYC
• The Great Freo Scavenger Hunt, 2-5.30pm, Sunday March 24, South Beach
• Back on your bike, Saturday March 16 and 23, 9am-11am, Blue Gum Community Centre
• Bike maintenance, Sunday March 17, 9am-noon, Mount Henry Reserve East
• Community Ride, Monday, March 18 and 25, 6pm-8pm, Piney Lakes Education Centre
More info: http://www.melvillecity.com.au/bikeweek2019