- $9.6 million in WA Bicycle Network grants support 47 new active transport projects across the State
- More than 62 kilometres of paths for people walking and riding to be delivered over two years
- Inaugural Active Travel Officer category included to support local governments to deliver active travel initiatives
Communities across 37 local government areas will benefit from $9.6 million in funding as part of the WA Bicycle Network (WABN) Grants Program.
This investment initiative assists local governments with the planning, design and delivery of active transport infrastructure, supporting people of all ages and abilities to walk, wheel and ride as part of their everyday journeys and experiences.
The latest round of funding will see 47 new projects delivered over the next two years, comprising of approximately 38 kilometres worth of paths and other infrastructure to improve the safety, connectivity and accessibility of active travel networks across the State.
In the metropolitan area $5.2 million has been committed towards 13 new projects, while regional areas will receive a share in $4.4 million to deliver 34 projects.
Combined with already committed projects and related initiatives, this brings the total WABN Grants Program commitment to $12.9 million, which includes the delivery of 62km of paths across 63 projects over 2023-24 and 2024-25.
The McGowan Labor Government 2022-23 State Budget includes $347 million over the next four years for more cycling and walking infrastructure for Western Australians.
The full list of projects to be funded through the latest round of the WABN grants program can be found on the Department of Transport website: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/wa-bicycle-network-and-grants.asp
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“Today as thousands of students ride, scoot and skate to school for National Ride2School Day, it’s clear there continues to be strong demand for safe, connected and accessible paths that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of Western Australians.
“Whether people cycle, scoot, e-ride or walk, it’s important that local precincts have accessible and welcoming infrastructure that connects people with where they need to go.
“Our WA Bicycle Network Grants facilitate a great partnership between State and local governments and continue to be a major contribution to making active transport safer, convenient and a more attractive option for more people, more often.”
Total Program allocation by region (2023-24 and 2024-25)