A NEW 2km shared path along Gnangara Rd between Henley Brook Ave and West Swan Rd will create a continuous cycle path from Ellenbrook through the Swan Valley to Guildford.
The 2.5m wide shared path will allow tourists and residents to visit the Swan Valley on two wheels, while also providing the wider Ellenbrook community better access to commuting routes in Guildford.
A $200,000 pre-committed grant from the McGowan Government will enable the City of Swan to build the cycling link.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said a cycle path on Gnangara Rd had been a missing link for quite some time and the new shared path would give residents more choice in how they got to school, work or to the Swan Valley.
Ms Saffioti said it was anticipated the City of Swan would start construction of the new shared path in late-2018, with completion set for mid-2019.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas welcomed the grant, which would help expand the city’s cycle network along Gnangara Rd.
“Dedicated cycle paths provide a safe cycling environment to encourage riders of all ages to get on their bikes and stay active,’’ he said.
“I’m sure that all the cycling enthusiasts in our community will be eagerly looking forward to this new infrastructure.”
Ms Saffioti said cyclists would have more options than before as shared paths alongside road projects such as the NorthLink WA, Reid Hwy widening and New Lord St were completed.
New bus routes such as the 355 from Ellenbrook to Whitfords provided more options as would the planned 353 through Brabham and Dayton along with the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook line.
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said the new cycle path would provide a much-needed alternative transport option for Ellenbrook and Aveley residents to explore the Swan Valley and access to commuting routes in Guildford and surrounding areas.
The City of Kalamunda will receive funding for the design and construction of a 580m shared path on Welshpool Rd East.
The state government has committed to providing $15,000 in 2018-19 and $135,000 in 2019-20.
By Anita McInnes