- Monday 09 November 2015
A new continuous 2.2km cycle corridor through Maroochydore will make it easier for recreational riders, commuters and experienced cyclists to travel in the area.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council had started designing the route after it received a grant of almost $1 million from the State Government as part of its Priority Cycle Route Improvement Program.
“This grant from the State Government allows council to progress with the design and construction of a priority route along Alexandra Parade, through Cotton Tree, and on to Horton Parade,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This project is great news for anyone who travels by bicycle be it for health and fitness, transport and shopping, or fun with family and friends.
“An easier route will encourage more people to ride bicycles by providing safer on-road facilities along desirable routes that connect community facilities and businesses.”
Mayor Jamieson said the cycleway would make it easier to travel in Maroochydore as traffic increases.
“Maroochydore is a vibrant activity centre that attracts a broad range of Sunshine Coast residents and visitors accessing employment, extensive business and retail facilities, restaurants and entertainment venues, and the beach,” he said.
“Most people currently access the area by car but council’s Sunshine Coast Sustainable Transport Strategy (2011-2031) aims for active transport to play a greater role, which will help the region become Australia’s most sustainable.
“As Maroochydore grows the amount of traffic, pedestrians, buses and cyclists will increase – the route through Cotton Tree provides a safer alternative to Aerodrome Road.”
- The route will travel along Alexandra Parade from Parker Street, onto Sixth Avenue, King Street, Cotton Tree Parade, The Esplanade, Cornmeal Parade, across the Cornmeal Creek bridge and finishing at Horton Parade.
- Sunshine Coast Council will design and construct the cycleway. Council will liaise directly with nearby businesses to keep them informed during the design stage and before construction starts.