New pathway and cycle lanes for Park Place
  • Thursday 04 November 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will replace an old highly used pathway in Caloundra with a new footpath and on road cycle lanes to provide better and safer access for local users.

The four week project, scheduled to start 15 November, includes the replacement of the existing Park Place and Bowman Road footpath with a 2.5m wide pathway and on-road cycle lanes.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the community had approached him about the pathway being too narrow for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The narrow pathway was not wide enough to cope with such a high volume of traffic,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Luckily, the fence for the caravan park was on an incorrect alignment and by liaising with them, we've managed to gain a bit more room.

“We’ll be adding both on road cycle lanes and widening the footpath and if the weather is kind, we’ll have everything complete by Christmas.

“The trade off unfortunately is that we’re going to have to remove a number of trees along Park Place, however we’ve modified the design a number of times to keep as many trees as possible and the path will skirt round those older native trees.

“Council has a responsibility to provide decent safe infrastructure while taking care of the environment—I think we’ve achieved a good balance with the final design.