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Western Australia's Vincent spends $2m on bike lane development

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Western Australia could soon trump Victoria as the country's most bicycle-friendly State. Cycle Traveller

Western Australia could soon trump Victoria as the country's most bicycle-friendly State as west coast cities up the ante on bike lane development.

Following Fremantle's declaration last year that it aims to become the 'Copenhagen of the South' with a $2 million investment in bike lanes over four years, lifting in its cycling participation rate from 2.8% to 5.8% by 2017, and Perth's pledge to spend $2.5 million over five years on cycling infrastructure the City of Vincent in the inner city region of Perth has raised the stakes.

The West Australian reported today that Vincent will spend $2.5 million over two years on the development on new bicycle lanes on a mission to become one of the country's most bike-friendly councils. Vincent aims to double its cycling participation rate to 4% with its sights set on a whopping 10% within the next decade, the newspaper reported.

Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremey Murray told the newspaper Vincent's investment was unprecedented in WA.

Situated on the edge of Perth's city centre, Vincent is strategically placed to design bicycle lanes and paths that would provide a safe passage for daily commuters to ride in and out of the city, consequently encouraging more people to ride to work and reducing congestion. The lanes would not only benefit local residents, but also cyclists riding into the city from the outer suburbs.

Bike lanes in the pipeline include a continuous path from Mt Hawthorn to the city centre via Leederville, as well as lanes along Oxford Street, Bulwer Street and Scarborogh Beach Road. Improvements will be made to Newcastle Street, Palmerston Street and Vincent Street.

It was reported that about $420,000 of the $2.5 million in funding would come from grants.

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Finally Bikes lanes on roads that go somewhere, yay!

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