City of Albany gets a cycling infrastructure boost or does it?

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The City of Albany is to receive $900,000 of WA State Government funding boost over I think (why are these press releases not specific?) three years according to an announcement from the Transport Minister, Mr Buswell on December 13, 2013. According to the press release the $900,000 is “to plan and build significant bike network projects.” I am not sure exactly what significant projects Albany will get from $900,000 but.

The press release goes on to say that the funding “would be used to support the development of a Cycling and Trails Strategy for the City of Albany.” Hmm so we go from “to plan and build significant bike network projects” to “support the development of a Cycling and Trails Strategy for the City of Albany.”

But heck there is more …

“The city and the Department of Transport will work in close collaboration for the development of the plan and prioritisation of bike projects,” he said.

“Both organisations have forged strong relationships with members of the local cycling community and have recognised this to be imperative for the successful development of the bike network.

“The State Government is committed to supporting cycling in the Great Southern region, and strengthening the plans for Albany to develop into a bicycle-oriented city.”

The Minister said a number of projects were to be completed which would deliver a total of 5.7km of additional cycling infrastructure to the city.

“The projects include the construction of shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians through Eyre Park and Anzac Peace Park, and high visibility bicycle lanes for on-road cycling on Emu Point Drive, Golf Links Road and Troode Street,” he said.

Mr Buswell said a further 3km of cycling infrastructure was expected to be identified and developed following the completion of the Cycling and Trails Strategy.

“The next round of projects will be delivered with the balance of the funds,” he said.

Ahh so should the City of Albany expect more funds? Is this the “additional $20m across two years committed by State Government mentioned in the “Fact File.” Hard to say as that $20 m is to improve cycling infrastructure and increase bicycle network grants. Maybe if you know you can explain it to us all.

Honestly having read and re-read this press release I have come to the conclusion that the City is being given money for a bike plan and not much else given the cost now-days of a metre of shared path. I think the MInister is not being too honest with the good folks of the City of Albany. Maybe his office could explain to us mere mortals what is really going on. I have sent a request to the WA Liberals for a clarification.

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