New cycleway a key connection for Coast
  • Monday 18 September 2017
An upgraded intersection on Goonwarra Drive in Mooloolaba

A new shared cycleway on Goonawarra Dr in Mooloolaba now provides a vital connection for cyclists between schools, TAFE and the University of the Sunshine Coast following its completion by council.

It’s the latest in a series of new cycling facilities making it easier for people to ride safely on the Sunshine Coast.

The project was jointly funded by council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, with the State Government contributing $275,000 to the project.

Main Roads and Road Safety Acting Minister Steven Miles said the Queensland Government was committed to improving the safety and accessibility of the transport network for cyclists.

“These works are a part of our Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, which has allocated $17 million to cycling projects across Queensland in 2017-18,” Mr Miles said.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.”

The project linked the region’s principal cycle network, connecting the underpass under the Sunshine Motorway (at the western end of Goonawarra Dr) to the intersection of Palm Dr.

Division 4 Councillor John Connolly said the cycleway project had improved the look of the street with shade trees, in addition to improving access for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Providing easy and safe access for bike riders to travel between some of our key education facilities and other important locations was essential,” Cr Connolly said.

“Sunshine Coast Council is committed to providing high quality cycling facilities for our community and making it as easy as possible for people to enjoy active modes of transport.”

Other improvements included changes to three intersections and changes to pedestrian crossing points to increase safety, upgrades to two bus stops and a new pathway.

This project followed the recent completion of a new cyclist and pedestrian bridge over Eudlo Creek, which provided a safer connection between Bli Bli and Maroochydore, and the latest stage of the Mooloolaba-Minyama separated bikeway, along River Esplanade.

“Our recent cycle projects make a big difference for anyone riding for transport, fun or exercise,” Cr Connolly said.

“There’s more cycling infrastructure to come across the Sunshine Coast this financial year, including a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Mayes Canal in Mooloolaba to connect the two complete stages of the separated bikeway.”