Shared path between Drummond Cove and Sunset Beach under construction as part of Geraldton cycling program

Jamie ThannooMidwest Times
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti
Camera IconTransport Minister Rita Saffioti Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

Construction has begun on a 3.5km-long shared path along Chapman Road, as the State Government moves onto the second stage of the Geraldton Cycling Network Expansion program.

A 3m-wide red asphalt path, costing $1.8 million, will provide a cycling route between Sunset Beach and Drummond Cove and is expected to be complete in late 2023.

The program’s first stage, a shared path between Hillview Drive and Chapman Road was completed in December 2022, and stage three, a 4.5km path along Brand Highway from Tarcoola Beach to Cape Burney is currently being designed.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said more cycling infrastructure would greatly benefit Geraldton.

“For more than a decade, the community has been asking for off-road shared paths so they can safely ride, walk or scoot throughout Geraldton — and our Government is delivering on that,” Ms Saffioti said.

Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton said the community was eager for the path.

““I know the community is very excited to see this project begin. They will be chomping at the bit to get on their bikes and scooters and get on that path,” Ms Dalton said.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the aspirational project was more than 10 years in the making.

“Over the years the community’s desire for an off-road shared path connecting Drummond Cove, the City’s northern most suburb, to the City’s cycle network never wavered and it became one of the top priorities in the Geraldton 2050 Cycling Strategy.

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