Apr 26, 2019

Media Release – $4.8 million for cycling infrastructure in Melbourne’s West from Labor’s new national fund – Friday, 26 April 2019

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $4.8 million in cycling infrastructure to deliver the Napier Street Link, connecting existing cycle paths between West Footscray Station and the Maribyrnong River.

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the local infrastructure communities need, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

The $4.8 million in funding would be sourced from Labor’s $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy, the largest ever investment in cycling infrastructure from the Federal Government.

The project complements investment the Victorian State Government has made in the Dynon Road Cyclist Improvement projects to open up Melbourne’s west for cyclists.

The project has been identified by the Maribyrnong City Council as a priority and a Shorten Labor Government would ensure it is delivered.

The Napier Street Link will help more cyclists to feel safe on roads in Melbourne’s west, with the construction of a fully separated bike path between McNabe Avenue and Hyde St.

Despite Footscray and Brunswick being the same distance from the Melbourne CBD, almost three times as many Brunswick residents cycle to work as those in Footscray.

The safety of cyclists on the road and the quality of cycling infrastructure in Melbourne’s west is part of the reason for this relatively low cycling rate.

Labor’s investment will make cycling safer for everyone and encourage more people to get involved in cycling.