- Friday 27 January 2017
The latest stage of council’s flagship separated bikeway, along River Esplanade in Mooloolaba, is now available for bike riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
It extends the first stage of the separated bikeway on Brisbane Road and Bindaree Crescent, which has proven popular with recreational and commuter cyclists.
The $950,000 project is a jointly funded partnership by council and the Queensland Government under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, with the state government providing 50 percent of the funding.
Sunshine Coast Division 4 Councillor John Connolly said this stage of the project was completed before Christmas in time for the summer holidays.
“People are already making good use of the new bikeway section,” Cr Connolly said.
“The bikeway contributes to a safer and easier cycling route between Minyama and Mooloolaba.
“It helps achieve council’s vision to be recognised as an active transport friendly place where people of all ages cycle and walk for enjoyment and transport.
“The Sunshine Coast’s first separated bikeway is proving to be well liked and enjoyed by our community.”
Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the state government was committed to improving the safety and accessibility of the transport network.
“In 2016-17, we provided a $17.5 million boost for cyclists through grants to 26 councils across Queensland,” Mr Bailey said
“Funding granted to Sunshine Coast Council for this project will provide better facilities for cyclists, improved safety and convenience of the local cycle network, and encourage more people to cycle more often.”
Resident Craig McDonald, who commutes between Lake Kawana and Cotton Tree, has praised the separated bikeway.
“With the recently completed section of bikeway I am able to ride the whole way to Cotton Tree without having to navigate much traffic.
“I incorporate a stop at Maroochydore for a quick swim before work and it’s such a great way to start the day.
“It’s great to be able to experience our public spaces on a daily basis using cycle pathways.”
Council is currently planning future stages of the bikeway, including a pedestrian/cycle bridge across Mayes Canal. These stages are subject to funding.