Cottesloe's path to nowhere gets new destination
COTTESLOE’S path to nowhere is set to get a new destination after the State Government today put out to tender work to construct an 2.8km extension.
The shared path that runs along busy Curtin Avenue then ends abruptly at Grant Street has long been a source of aggravation for cyclists who are forced to move onto the road frequented by trucks when the path ends.
The extension will run along the train line from Grant Street to Victoria Street station, separating pedestrians and cyclists from motorists.
The dangers posed by the pathway were raised as a matter of urgency in a newsletter from former member for Cottesloe Colin Barnett back in 2004.
“Currently the Perth-Fremantle dual use path comes to a grinding halt at the intersection of Curtin Avenue and Grant Street forcing the merger of cyclists, pedestrians, trucks and motorists at an extremely dangerous point, where two lanes become one,” he wrote.
“It is essential that this path be extended as soon as possible to avoid the inherent conflict and potential for loss of life.
“I am open to any alternate suggestions ... However, as the local member I cannot sit back and watch this dangerous situation escalate any further.
“The safety of all those who use this road is can no longer be ignored.”
Work is due to start ion the path extension in December and should be finished mid-next year.
The Government has plans to extend the path all the way to the Swan River.