- Thursday 05 November 2015
November marks a major milestone in the construction of the Sunshine Coast’s first separated bikeway, which will stretch from Mooloolaba to Minyama.
Two stages of the multi-stage Sunshine Coast Council project – Brisbane Road between Neerim Drive and Culbara Street (Stage 3), and Bindaree Crescent (Stage 4a) – are now well advanced since construction started in early September.
Stages 3 and 4a are due for completion by mid-December, weather and site conditions permitting.
As well as the bikeway, the project includes substantial streetscape upgrades such as major underground stormwater and service works and new footpaths, landscaping and car parking areas.
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the first separated bikeway on the Coast was a significant project for the region and would complete a vital link in the region’s cycling infrastructure.
“This bikeway is not your standard green paint and line marked cycle lane,” Cr Thompson said.
“It is a major piece of community infrastructure with a three metre wide bikeway separated from cars with two bike lanes, one for each direction.
“The bikeway is one part of overall streetscape improvements, which will revitalise sections of Brisbane Road and Bindaree Crescent and enhance the visual amenity of the area.
“There’s a common perception that this is just another bike lane for road cyclists, but it will actually provide a safe off-road route for recreational and commuter riders of all abilities including families.”
Cr Thompson said he understood the construction process was frustrating for business owners and residents.
“It is very challenging to build a major project such as this in an operational business and residential precinct and adjacent to a main road such as Brisbane Road,” Cr Thompson said.
“We have worked hard to ensure pedestrian access and traffic flow is retained along the Brisbane Road and Bindaree Crescent corridors as well as retaining as many car parking spaces as possible during construction.
“After taking on board comments from traders, we’ve reviewed the size and make-up of some of the barricades and replaced them wherever possible so the shops are more visible to motorists.
“We must take public safety very seriously and while there is demolition work underway the block-out screens are required to protect pedestrians.
“There has been unavoidable inconvenience but we are confident the end result, which includes an improved streetscape, will benefit everyone in the area.
“We are grateful to traders and residents for their cooperation.”
Cr Thompson said council had received positive feedback on the project as elements of the bikeway and streetscape improvements were revealed.
“Now we’re starting to see the bikeway come out of the ground it’s becoming much clearer how this will be a great asset for our community,” he said.
“Although we have major works coming up, some of which will require temporary lane and road closures, we will do our best to minimise inconvenience to traders, residents and the community wherever possible.
“To allow forward planning we have been keeping businesses and residents regularly informed about the construction schedule via a series of newsletters and emails as well as face to face meetings.
“We encourage locals to continue to support these local businesses during the construction period.”
This multi-million dollar project is jointly funded by Council and the State Government under the Cycle Network Grants Program.
Further details about the bikeway project are available on council’s website.
Upcoming road closures
- To complete extensive bikeway and pedestrian crossing works across the Brisbane Road-Elanora Avenue intersection, this intersection will be temporarily closed to all vehicles from Monday 9 November until the end of the month (weather permitting). Detour signs will be in place.
- A section of one lane of Brisbane Road (southbound between Bindaree Crescent and Elanora Avenue) will be temporarily closed from Monday 9 November (weather permitting). This will allow temporary parking for the businesses’ customers during the next phase of construction.
- On average more than 70,000 people ride bikes on the Sunshine Coast each week. Council surveys show that bike rider participation has increased by more than 60% in urban areas in recent 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.