- Last updated:
- 24 Jan 2017
Council has undertaken extensive community consultation as a part of the Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway Project. Council will keep the local community updated as the project advances.
The connection between Mooloolaba and Minyama is an important link in council’s Principal Cycle Network Plan. It will be the first separated bikeway within an urban/business area on the Sunshine Coast.
The new bikeway suits cyclists of all abilities and allows more people to travel safely by bike through this area. It also fills a missing link in the Coastal Pathway between Coolum in the north to Pelican Waters in the south. It has improved access and safety, reduce traffic congestion and improved the streetscape including additional street trees, car parking reconfiguration, landscaping, lighting and drainage.
For planning, construction and funding purposes, the bikeway has been staged:
- Map showing stages
- Stage 1: Tuckers Creek Bridge Upgrade. Completed 2012.
- Stage 2: Brisbane Road between Nicklin Way and Neerim Drive. On hold pending planning outcomes from the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (DTMR) review of the Mooloolah River Interchange.
- Stage 3: Brisbane Road between Neerim Drive and Culbara Street - Completed 2015.
- Stage 4a: Bindaree Crescent - Completed 2015.
- Stage 4b: River Esplanade. Completed 2016
- Stage 5: Mayes Canal pedestrian/bikeway bridge design phase to be undertaken in the 2016/17 financial year (construction subject to funding).
The latest stage of Sunshine Coast Council's flagship separated bikeway, stage 4b along River Esplanade in Mooloolaba, is now available for bike riders of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
It extends the first stages of the separated bikeway on Brisbane Road and Bindaree Crescent, which has proven popular with recreational and commuter cyclists.
Features of Stage 4b of the Separated Bikeway project include:
- A new, shared pathway (pedestrians and cyclists) in the park adjacent Mayes Canal
- A new, separated bikeway for cyclists of all abilities along River Esplanade between Mayes Canal and Foote Street
- No net loss of public car parking numbers
- Landscaping improvements along the bikeway route and the Charles Clarke Park public car park
- A major upgrade to the Charles Clarke Park public car park
- A new (disability compliant) picnic table and chairs adjacent to the Charles Clarke Park public car park
- Improved lighting at key nodes of the bikeway route and public car park
- Storm water upgrades.
Where to from here
Planning for future stages is occurring. A pedestrian/bikeway bridge over Mayes Canal (no vehicle access) is currently in the design phase. Link to the Mooloolaba Esplanade are being considered as part of the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan. Council will continue to inform the community as the project advances.
On average more than 70,000 people per week ride bikes on the Sunshine Coast. Council surveys show that bike riders have increased by more than 60% in urban areas over the past two years.
Council’s Sunshine Coast Active Transport Plan 2011-2031 includes a vision for “the Sunshine Coast to be recognised as an active transport friendly place where people of all ages walk and cycle for enjoyment and transport, our community values our quality active transport infrastructure and has programs that improve our lifestyle, health and sustainability.”
The Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway Project will help achieve that vision.
The design and route of the two-lane, 3m wide separated bikeway that council sought comment on are below:
- Principal Cycle Network plan (study area marked in red on the)
- Stage 3 Brisbane Road (Neerim Drive to Tuckers Bridge)
- Stage 4a Bindaree Crescent (Tuckers Bridge to Mayes Canal)
- Stage 4b River Esplanade (Mayes Canal to Charles Clark Park)
The project was jointly funded by council and the state government under the Cycle Networks Grants Program.
The bikeway will encourage environmentally friendly modes of transport and boost local tourism and economic development potential in line with the Queensland Cycle Strategy 2011-2021 and council's Regional Economic Development Strategy and the Active Transport Plan 2011-2031.