Council to start design for next stage of flagship separated bikeway
  • Thursday 20 April 2017
Bike wheels on bikeway

The design for a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Mayes Canal in Mooloolaba, connecting the two complete stages of the region’s flagship separated bikeway and adjacent pathways, will soon get underway.

The dedicated off-road cycle link, which would mark arrival into Mooloolaba, is part of council’s endorsed Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.

Council determined at its April Ordinary Meeting today that designs would progress for a 5m wide pedestrian and cycleway bridge, with construction expected to begin in the 2017-18 financial year subject to State Government grant applications.

Division 4 Councillor John Connolly said the new bridge had the potential to be an entry statement into Mooloolaba.

“The bridge will incorporate distinctive architectural detailing to reflect its important location and significance within the Mooloolaba landscape,” Cr Connolly said.

“Several factors had been considered in determining the width and type of bridge structure, including visual appeal and the increasing number of people embracing active transport in Mooloolaba and wider Sunshine Coast region.

“The two completed stages of the Mooloolaba to Minyama bikeway are being used by cyclists of all ages and abilities, for commuting and recreational rides, and is proving to be a very worthwhile investment for our community.

“This bridge will connect those sections, making it easier and safer to ride, run or walk into Mooloolaba.

“It will also remove the need for pedestrians and cyclists to travel over the nearby traffic bridge on Brisbane Road.”

The bridge will form a vital link in the region’s overall active transport network and forms part of the Coastal Pathway.