- Last updated:
- 14 Mar 2019
Council has undertaken extensive community consultation as a part of the Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway Project. The most recent stage of the bikeway (Stage 5), the Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge, was completed in late 2018.
The connection between Mooloolaba and Minyama is an important link in council’s Principal Cycle Network Plan. It is 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 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 planning outcomes from the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (DTMR) review of the Mooloolah River Interchange.
- Stage 1: Tuckers Creek Bridge Upgrade. Completed 2012.
Council, in conjunction with the Queensland Government's Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, has constructed a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Mayes Canal (Stage 5). The bridge separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles travelling along Brisbane Road and spans the Mooloolah River between Bindaree Crescent and River Esplanade. It connects the two previous stages of the region's flagship separated bikeway and adjacent coastal pathways. 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 and 66 metres long. It is a similar height to the current Brisbane Road vehicle bridge and has been designed to impose no new restrictions on navigation clearance of Mayes Canal.
It is an entry statement into Mooloolaba with architectural features and landscape works along the approaches in the adjacent parklands.
The project provides separated spaces for pedestrians and cyclist approaching the bridge and then minimises the interaction between them when crossing the bridge via visual design treatments on the bridge deck.
The Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge improves access and safety for cyclists and pedestrians, reduces traffic congestion and improves the streetscape including park landscaping, lighting and drainage.
More information about the bridge can be found in the Community Update.
Where to from here
Further links 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[1068KB] (study area marked in red on the)
- Stage 3 Brisbane Road (Neerim Drive to Tuckers Bridge)[3944KB]
- Stage 4a Bindaree Crescent (Tuckers Bridge to Mayes Canal)[4608KB]
- Stage 4b River Esplanade (Mayes Canal to Charles Clark Park)[4318KB]
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.
For more information, contact council's project coordinator on (07) 5475 7272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.