Flagship project for sustainable transport
  • Tuesday 25 November 2014

Sunshine Coast Council, in cooperation with the State Government is proposing to design and construct a new separated two-lane, three-metre wide bikeway that will link the Mooloolaba Wharf area to Minyama.

This will complete a continued 96km coastal cycling pathway from Tewantin to Pelican Waters.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the separated bikeway would be the first to be built within an urban / business areas of the Sunshine Coast and a strong step forward to support our growing recreational and commuter bike riders.

“This is a flagship project for the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“Research shows that more than 70,000 people are riding bikes on the Sunshine Coast each week and there is an increase of over 60% in bike rider numbers in urban areas over the past two years.

“The construction of a well-located, well-designed two-lane, three metre wide protected cycleway along Brisbane Road will provide our first buffered zone between bike riders, motor vehicle traffic and pedestrians.

“The community wants us to encourage more bike riding across the Sunshine Coast as a healthy and environmentally-friendly mode of transport that will also help to ease traffic congestion and create a healthier community.”

Council consulted with the community during October and November regarding proposed opportunities and issues for the separated bikeway.

Based on that community feedback, Council has drawn up route options for testing at two Design Workshops that will be taking place in early December.

The purpose of each Design Workshop will be to report on community feedback and review and assess design and route options currently under consideration in accordance with engineering design and safety considerations.

Potential construction timing and staging will also be discussed.

The Design Workshops will be held at Mooloolaba Surf Club on Saturday, December 6, from 8.30am to10am and Tuesday, December 9, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

RSVP is essential. You can book a place at your preferred workshop by emailing: mooloolababikeway@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Once the final design is determined, construction is proposed to take place in stages over a number of years, pending funding approvals:
• January 2015 to April 2015 – final route and design determined
• May 2015 to June 2017 – start of staged construction of the separated bikeway

As well as improving safety and reducing conflicts between bike riders, pedestrians and vehicles, streetscape enhancements will form part of the project design including additional street trees, landscaping and lighting.

These elements will have the added benefit of revitalising and activating the areas around the proposed cycleway.

This important community asset links with the objectives of Council’s Active Transport Plan 2011- 2031; Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011-2031; and the State Government’s Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021.

The $2 million project will be joint-funded by council and the State Government under the Cycle Network Grants Program.

When complete, the corridor will deliver a best practice outcome for bike riding and promote and encourage tourism and economic development in line with council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033, the Active Transport Plan 2011-2031 and the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021.