New path to pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Thursday 14 June 2012

Travelling along David Low Way at Bli Bli will soon be safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists.

A new 1.3km stretch of pathway is set to be constructed between Erbachers Fruit Farm and the Eudlo Creek Bridge. Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the $925,000 project would be joint funded by Sunshine Coast Council and the South East Queensland Cycle Network Program funding scheme that is administered by the State Government.

"Developing safe and sustainable transport infrastructure projects was a key aim for Sunshine Coast Council as part of its ongoing commitment to improving safety, lifestyle and the environment," he said

"This new 2.5m wide off road pathway will be a major plus for the safety of pedestrians and particularly cyclists as it will provide them with an alternative to having to ride on the busy David Low Way alongside motor traffic."

A pedestrian refuge facility will also be constructed adjacent the entrance to the Waterfront Hotel. This crossing facility will be fully lit for night time use.

The project was originally raised through community consultation and requests from the Sunshine Coast Cycling Alliance. It forms part of council’s Strategic Pathway Network and provides an important link for council and also delivers a Priority Principal Cycle Network link.

Sunshine Coast Cycling Alliance Co-Convener John Stephen said the new pathway would be a welcome addition.

"This is a very important project for the safety of cyclists who travel this stretch of David Low Way and I look forward to its completion in the coming months," he said.

"The Sunshine Coast Cycling Alliance has worked with council to see this project come to fruition and I thank the council and the State Government for delivering what will be a great outcome for locals."

Construction of the new pathway will commence on 18 June and is expected to take around 16 weeks to complete (weather permitting).

Did you know that all pathways in Queensland are shared between cyclists, pedestrians and other wheeled devices (unless otherwise signed)? Everyone should keep left, keep the path clear and give way to pedestrians. For further information about sharing pathways, visit council’s website.

* aerial pictures of new pathway route available on request