This section of the path is located along the southern side of Safety Bay Road between Eighty Road and Old Mandurah Road. Built to the Perth Bike Network standard, the path will be 2.5 metres wide and will complete the Southern Bike network as defined by the Department of Transport.
Mayor Sammels said the path was due to be completed in early May and would improve safety and bike network connectivity for cyclists in the Rockingham region.
“Cycling is an increasingly popular past time that is not only good for your health, but also helps ease traffic congestion,” Mayor Sammels said. “This final stage will complete the 4.2km path the City has been building over the past two years. When it’s finished cyclists will be able to ride all the way from the Baldivis town centre to Warnbro train station, and connect with existing bike paths to the Rockingham city centre and the coast.”
The final stage of the path is the most technically challenging section of the project because of the uneven terrain on the south side of Safety Bay Road. An extensive and complex retaining wall system will need to be built along 1.2 kilometres of the path, on top of which will be a 1.8m high AcoustiMax 50 noise-reducing fence to increase privacy and security for local residents. Adding to the challenge, existing services, including a high pressure gas line and a sewer pumping main, need to be protected or relocated.
“Preservation of trees and vegetation has been a major consideration throughout the project. The City has worked hard to minimise environmental impact by using good design principles and limiting the construction area to ensure as much of the existing vegetation as possible can be retained,” Mayor Sammels said.
The entire path, including previous stages, will cost $3.2 million, including $1.2 million contributed by the Department of Transport.