Principal Shared Paths

In WA we do not have cycle paths, but a network of “Principal Shared Paths”. These are shared, often uneasily, between children, dogs, mothers pushing prams, pedestrians, joggers, gopher carts and cyclists.

Conflict is pre-progammed.

According to a letter received from  MainRoadsWA in March 2010, they spent about $800 million on road infrastructure in WA.  The spending on cycling infrastructure was as follows:

32 km of shared paths along the 72km length of the new Perth Bunbury Highway at a cost of $15 million

7.5 km of shared paths as part of the extension of the Mitchell Freeway to Burns Beach Road at a cost of $6.9 million

1 km of shared path as part of the extension from Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway at a cost of $2.7 million.

In addition about $0.5 million has been spent on minor improvements and lighting on the existing network.

Design has been completed and funding allocated by Dept of Transport for 1.8 km of shared path along the rail line from Tonkin Highway to Bassendean Station. Funding allocated was $1.2mio in 2009. Based on private conversations with government departments, the cost for this path has now blown out to $3.6mio, and because of the high cost it is not clear if and when it will be built. This translates to about $2000 per meter of path. In the meantime, the City of Canning have built 4km of Principal Shared Path fully lit for $690 per meter of path.

0.5 km of shared path from Claremont train station to Shenton road underpass

Cost per meter of Shared Path in West Australia

Cost /Grant $ Paths km Cost m
Nedlands 50000 2.070 48 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Canning 58770 1.725 68 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Nannup 90000 2.500 72 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Geraldton 202000 4.075 99 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Swan 50000 1.000 100 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Canning 40000 0.780 103 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Cambridge 24920 0.460 108 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Northam 133000 2.300 116 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Belmont 29000 0.500 116 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Joondalup 29000 0.480 121 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Belmont 14700 0.220 134 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Wanneroo 13500 0.195 138 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Wanneroo 11000 0.150 147 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Kwinana 612000 8.210 149 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Rockingham 45000 0.600 150 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Joondalup 120000 1.600 150 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Vincent 6500 0.085 153 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Belmont 7500 0.085 176 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Belmont 4250 0.045 189 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Merredin 88000 0.900 196 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Victoria Park 50000 0.450 222 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Joondalup 125000 1.000 250 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Vincent 48760 0.260 375 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Canning 775000 4.000 388 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Mosman Park 3465 0.015 462 BikeWest 2010-2011 Grants
Perth-Bunbury Hgwy 15000000 32.000 469 MainRoadsWA
South Perth 298000 0.824 723 Infrastructure Australia Grants
Gt.Northern Highway to Lennard Rd 3249495 4.300 756 MainRoadsWA
Reid Highway to Erindale Rd 794698 1.000 795 MainRoadsWA
Burns Beach Ext 6900000 7.500 920 MainRoadsWA
Gt.Northern Highway to Haddril Rd 3500000 2.500 1400 MainRoadsWA
Joondalup Drive to Wallawa Street 4973874 2.600 1913 MainRoadsWA
West Swan Rd 2700000 1 2700 MainRoadsWA
Totals 2929365 34.529 170 Average cost per meter all local councils
37118067 50.9 729 Average cost per meter for MainRoadsWA
Notes Cost per km is Grant * 2 divided by length
Not all paths are built to the same standard

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