- Thursday 20 August 2015
Construction is about to start on Sunshine Coast Council’s Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway, following extensive community consultation.
The two-lane (one direction each way), three metre wide bikeway is separated from vehicles and pedestrians, is the first of its kind in the region and will cater for the increasing number of recreational and commuter cyclists.
Two stages of the multi-stage project – Brisbane Road between Neerim Drive and Culbara Street (Stage 3), and Bindaree Crescent (Stage 4a) Mooloolaba – will be constructed from late August to mid-December 2015.
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said Council would ensure pedestrian access to businesses was maintained during construction.
“Pedestrian access and traffic flow will be retained along the Brisbane Road and Bindaree Crescent corridors during regular trading hours to minimise disruption for businesses along the bikeway route,” Cr Thompson said.
“To minimise inconvenience to businesses, residents and visitors we are scheduling work to take place in smaller sections along the bikeway route simultaneously to complete works as quickly as possible.
“We will ensure as many car parking spaces as possible are available during construction.
“The construction team will work closely with traders and residents during construction and temporary signage will inform people that businesses are open and trading as usual.
“Signage will also redirect motorists to alternative car parking areas.”
Brisbane Road business owner, David Ogg of Abcott Financial Services said he was looking forward to the bikeway being completed.
“We really like riding our bikes as a family however with no dedicated cycling areas Brisbane Road is just too dangerous at present for my wife and three children to ride,” Mr Ogg said.
“I will be a lot more confident riding with the kids when the bikeway is complete and I think it will encourage more people to use the bikeway for commuting, exercising and leisurely rides.
“I am a big supporter of getting people on their bikes more often. We grew up learning to ride and it is one thing that keeps people feeling young and healthy. It certainly beats driving when you can get on your bike instead.”
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.
- 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 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.”