Perth is experiencing worsening road congestion. The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit estimated that congestion in Perth will cost $3.1 billion per annum in 2031.
Walking and cycling are increasingly important in congested urban environments for providing a healthy, affordable and convenient alternative to private vehicles. Active transport can reduce congestion by replacing a proportion of short private vehicle trips, generally those under 5 kilometres.
Perth has one of the lowest rates of walking and cycling commuting trips in Australia. Each day there are an estimated 4.2 million private car trips in Perth, with 2.8 million of these trips being under 5km.
There is a lack of dedicated active transport connections that link key strategic centres in Perth. It is estimated that only 41% of the 1,297km of identified Primary bike network, and 34% of the 1,564km of identified Secondary bike network are completed. The remainder of these networks are either non-existing or require significant upgrades and replacement.
The Perth Active Transport Program is a network of identified gaps between key destinations to provide active transport routes in targeted locations to reduce congestion through mode shift.