Pathway to safer cycling and walking in Rockingham

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham chief executive Michael Parker, Premier Mark McGowan and Mayor Barry Sammels.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham chief executive Michael Parker, Premier Mark McGowan and Mayor Barry Sammels. Credit: Chloe Fraser/Sound Telegraph/Picture: Chloe Fraser, Chloe Fraser/Sound Telegraph

Pedestrians and cyclists will soon have better and safer access to Rockingham’s key business, education and public transport precincts with $800,000 over two years committed to construction of a 3.4km shared path along Ennis Avenue.

The Ennis Avenue Shared Path Project will provide a north/south cycling link along Ennis Avenue from Rockingham Train Station to Patterson Road, as well as an east/west cycling route along Dixon Road between Patterson Road and Goddard Street.

The City of Rockingham secured $400,000 from the State Government’s WA Bike Networks Grants to construct the off-road shared path, connecting the Rockingham light industrial area, key educational facilities including South Metropolitan TAFE, the city centre and Rockingham Train Station.

As part of the grant, the City’s funding will be matched by the State Government, which will also provide $400,000 towards the project. Once complete the new shared path will improve safety for cyclists and efficiency of traffic flow on Ennis Avenue and will encourage more cyclists to travel along the route.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the new shared path would play a vital role in the City.

“Not only will this project improve safety along a busy arterial road, it’s also anticipated to improve traffic flows in the area with more people cycling and fewer motorists driving.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the shared path would make it easier for people to travel around Rockingham.

“Many people in Rockingham love being outdoors so it’s crucial to have the right infrastructure in place to improve safety for cyclists and the pedestrians,” he said.

Rockingham is one of 50 local councils sharing in more than $7.6 million in funding, which will add more than 50km to the WA Bike Network over the next two years.

The project is currently in the design phase with construction expected to begin by 2021/2022.

Meanwhile, the City of Kwinana were also successful in gaining funding for a two-kilometre link along Gilmore Avenue.

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