We all love good news for cycling.
A week ago we woke up to the headline “Cycle City Perth” and learned about a $72mio spend for cycling.
It sounded like new money and a boost for sustainable transport, with the possibility of funding some demonstration projects in the suburbs as well as the continuation of the PSP program.
The budget papers show that the reality is a bit more modest. On the positive side, there is some continued funding for cycling infrastructure.
Budget 2015/16 to 2018/19 for cycling
Funding for the Principal Shared Path network
Total over four years: $27.07 million
Funding for cycling projects in local government areas
(Perth Bike Network Funding and Regional Bike Network Funding)
$2.66mio for both programs ($1.33mio each)
Total over four years: $10.64 mio
Total WA spend over four years: $37.71mio
The rest of the money that makes up the $72.1 mio headline (over four years) is for projects associated with major roads, co-funded by the Federal Government (e.g. the Gateway projects includes about 22 km of shared paths)