By Kent Acott, The West Australian
The Greens will today unveil a new funding framework that would see 6600km of separated bike paths in Perth - covering 50 per cent of all metropolitan roads - by 2029.
The framework needs 3 per cent of the State Government's transport budget, or about $64 million, to be spent on cycling infrastructure each year.
Another $8 million would come from the Federal Government and $8.7 million from local government authorities based on per capita funding of $5 per ratepayer.
The Greens 2029 Perth Bike Plan, which was described by Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremey Murray yesterday as "the most detailed and research-driven bike policy in Australia", also proposes an 1800km network to link all schools, shops, train stations and employment hubs.
Other new paths would fill gaps in existing cycling networks and connect neighbourhoods with major destinations.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said Perth had a clear appetite for cycling and even more people would take it up if safety was improved.
The Barnett Government recently increased bike infrastructure funding to $20 million over the next two years.
Under the Greens plan, other proposals include:
Mr Murray said the strategy was ambitious but had the potential to transform the bicycle network and substantially increase the number of people riding bikes.
Copies of the strategy are available at scottludlam.org.au/bikevision
Dated - 16.11.2012