The new Principal Shared Path (PSP) along Armadale Road officially opened today, creating a safe cycling link between Armadale and Cockburn Central.
Built as part of the $145 million Armadale Road duplication between Anstey Road and Tapper Road, the PSP creates a separate facility for pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel through the southern suburbs.
The new route adds an extra seven kilometres of path to the PSP network and connects growing suburbs such as Piara Waters and Harrisdale to quality cycling infrastructure.
It also means residents in Armadale and surrounds can travel on the Armadale Road PSP all the way to Cockburn Central.
Connectivity has been provided to adjoining roads, with crossing points at the following Armadale Road intersections: Ghostgum Avenue, Liddelow Road, Warton Road, Wright Road, Rossiter Avenue, Nicholson Road and Anstey Road.
Safety was a key aspect of the design, with the path set to the back of the road verge to provide as much distance from the traffic on Armadale Road as possible.
The new roundabouts on Armadale Road also have shared paths, and there is a crossing on Armadale Road to the west of Anstey Road near the Skeet Oval entry and bus stops.
Meanwhile, the McGowan Government is planning for the final link in the PSP along Kwinana Freeway between Leach Highway and Mount Henry Bridge.
The project design is being developed in close consultation with the City of Melville, to preserve vegetation and ensure local amenity is maintained for adjacent residents.
Local residents are invited to view plans and images of the proposed path and talk to project team members at a drop-in session on April 2, 2020, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, in Selway Road (adjacent to Cranford Avenue).
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“Now that the new seven kilometre section of the Armadale Road PSP is complete, I encourage the community to get on their bike or scooter, or lace up their walking or running shoes, and give it a go.
“The path creates a safe option for people of all abilities to ride and is also suitable for people walking.
“We have several cycling projects underway, and we look forward to getting started on a 500 metre missing link between Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue, along Kwinana Freeway.
“This project will improve safety by reducing the interaction between people riding, walking and driving on Selway Road.”
As stated by Armadale MLA Tony Buti:
“The Armadale Road PSP is one of many cycling investments in the wider Armadale area, which will help get more pedestrians and cyclists to their destinations safely.
“Through the Perth Bicycle Network Grants, we have been progressively extending and filling gaps in the shared path along Railway Avenue along the train line.
“This is a huge benefit to the whole community – from schoolchildren riding to school to commuters connecting to train stations.”
As stated by Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:
“The McGowan Government is committed to providing safe and continuous riding and walking facilities for the community and closing the missing links on the path network.
“The expansion of the PSP network is a key action of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan.”