Shared Path Upgrades in City of Joondalup

Rachel Orbuck
City of Joondalup

The months of April and May saw the City of Joondalup celebrating the completion of three shared path upgrades. Myself and my colleague Wes (Transport Project Officer) who was largely involved in the shared path project planning, organised three activation events. I delivered the events at each shared-path location over the course of three weeks with different school and community groups alongside important guests.

Eddystone Avenue Shared Path, Cragie (23/04/2024)

The new 2.5m wide red asphalt shared path on Eddystone Avenue, Craigie, has replaced a 1.2m wide footpath. It is 1.8km long and connects Whitfords Avenue in the south to Craigie Drive in the north. This project was co-funded by the City of Joondalup and DoT’s Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program. To celebrate the path, Wes and I led a group ride with Craigie Heights Primary School students, Your Move teacher champion Paris Browne-Harmer before pausing for photographs with Meredith Hammet MLA (representing Minister for Transport), the City’s Mayor Jacob, Central ward councillors Cr. Pizzey and Cr. May, and Craigie Heights Primary School Principal Mr. Gary Bryant. Students enjoyed familiarising themselves with the pathway that provides a safe and accessible cycling route to school and students displayed amazing bicycle riding safety after recently completing three lessons of Bike Education, funded by Your Move Connecting Schools Grant.

Hepburn Avenue Shared Path, Padbury (03/05/2024)

Running along Hepburn Avenue from Hillarys Boat Harbour roundabout to Gibson Avenue, Padbury, a new 3m wide red asphalt shared path connects residents with surrounding infrastructure and students with a safe route to school. This project was the first stage of the State Government funded Hillarys Cycle Network Expansion through the Cycling Election Commitment package. The shared path activation event involved Padbury Catholic Primary School students, Principal Margaret Williamson, and Assistant Principal Peter O’Mara. Recently register with Your Move, Padbury Catholic Primary School are keen to get active transport initiatives up and running at their school. We took some photos to celebrate the new path with Caitlin Collins MLA (representing Minister for Transport), South-West Ward councillor Cr. Christine Hamilton-Prime, and Sophie from DoT. We then enjoyed a return ride part way down the length of the new shared path. This event recently featured in Perth Now!

Whitfords Avenue (west) Shared Path, Kingsley (07/05/2024)

The new 3m wide red asphalt shared path on the southern side of Whitfords Avenue from Forest Hill Park to Barridale Drive, Kingsley, provides a quality connection to Whitfords Station. In fact, majority of our community guests – Over 55 Cycling Club - and DoT representative Sophie travelled to the activation event via train and rode along the new path to reach the event location! Meeting at Flinders Park, we took some fun photos alongside Jessica Stojkovski MLA (representing Minister for Transport), and South-East Ward councillor Cr. John Chester. Myself, Sophie and the Over 55’s Cycling group embarked on a 5km loop ride after the photoshoot accessing Roberston Road Cycleway before having a coffee together at Dome Café, Kingsley. We chatted all things cycling and it was wonderful to chat with community members so passionate about bike riding.

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James (Your Move)

Wow Rachel and Wes - what an effort and what a result 😁. You have earned a big 271 points for this huge story on all your recent launches - 80 points for the infrastructure upgrades to local schools, 60 for your other routes, 22 points for getting the media coverage, 30 for your launch events (and a bonus 30 for doing 3 of them!) and a 'final' 20 points for this huge writeup. I'm raring to test those new routes out!

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