The cycleway connection between Mooloolaba and Minyama is an important link in council’s regional cycle network. It is the first separated cycleway within an urban/business area on the Sunshine Coast. The most recent stage of the cycleway, the Mooloolaba walk and ride bridge, was completed in late 2018.
The new bikeway suits cyclists of all ages and abilities and allows more people to travel safely by bike through this area between Minyama and Mooloolaba. It has improved access and safety, reduced traffic congestion and improved the streetscape with additional street trees, redesigned car parking, landscaping, lighting and drainage.
For planning, construction and funding purposes, the bikeway has been staged:
- map showing stages (PDF, 380KB)
- stage 5: Mooloolaba walk and ride bridge - Completed 2018
- stage 4B: River Esplanade - Completed 2016
- stage 4A: Bindaree Crescent - Completed 2015
- stage 3: Brisbane Road between Neerim Drive and Culbara Street - Completed 2015
- stage 2: Brisbane Road between Nicklin Way and Neerim Drive - On hold pending Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (DTMR) planning review of the Mooloolah River Interchange
- stage 1: Tuckers Creek bridge upgrade - Completed 2012.
Council has constructed a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Mayes canal (stage 5) as the latest improvement on the Minyama to Mooloolaba bikeway. The project was funded by council, in conjunction with the Queensland Government's cycle network local government grants program.
The bridge separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles travelling along Brisbane Road and spans the Mooloolah River between Bindaree Crescent and River Esplanade. The parkland areas on either side of the bridge have been upgraded with new seating, shelters, trees and plants. The bridge features decorative panel elements and is five metres wide. It has been designed to impose no new restrictions on navigation clearance of Mayes canal.
The project provides separated spaces for pedestrians and cyclist approaching the bridge and then minimises the interaction between them on the bridge using visual design treatments on the bridge deck.
Where to from here
Council is currently undertaking concept planning work for an extension of the cycleway from Foote Street to Parkyn Parade (stage 6). These investigations will be the basis of future detailed design and construction. The final stage 7 from Parkyn Parade to Venning Street is being delivered as part of the placemaking Mooloolaba master plan project.
The Minyama to Mooloolaba project now forms part of an extended Mooloolaba to Maroochydore (M2M) cycleway being developed in partnership between council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The 6km long M2M Cycleway between Minyama and the new Maroochydore CBD will include the previously delivered sections of the Minyama to Mooloolaba bikeway and will provide a high quality active transport corridor for the Sunshine Coast.
Community consultation and feedback has been an integral part of the development of the cycleway. An extensive stakeholder and community engagement process was undertaken to inform planning and progress to date. Council will continue to inform the community as the project advances.
On average more than 70,000 people per week ride bicycles on the Sunshine Coast. Council surveys show that bike riders in urban areas have increased by 30% per annum in recent years.
The cycleway will encourage sustainable modes of transport and boost local tourism and economic development in line with council's integrated transport strategy (adopted in December 2018) and the Active Transport Plan 2011-2031.
For more information, contact council.