Strategy to get more people walking and cycling
  • Thursday 14 October 2010

Council’s vision to get people out of the car and into more sustainable modes of transport is another step closer to reality, with the release of the Draft Active Transport Plan for public comment.

The Draft Active Transport Plan—now available on council’s website—is part of council's ongoing Our place, Our future campaign which aims to develop a strategic approach to planning the future of the Sunshine Coast region in partnership with the community.

The plan sets out the challenges and opportunities associated with getting the Coast community walking and cycling more often.

Integrated Transport Portfolio holder Councillor Vivien Griffin said that walking and cycling will play an important transport role in the future.

“Walking and cycling are becoming a natural part of our daily life, and by 2021 the amount of trips made this way will have doubled,” Cr Griffin said.

“These active transport modes, not only play important roles in creating a sustainable transport system for the Sunshine Coast, but it also help to improve our lifestyle, keep us healthy and contribute to the sustainability of the region.

“The more time we spend in our cars the less time we’re spending being active—so the health benefits are not only for the environment but for the person as well!”

Cr Griffin said that she encourages everyone to have their say on the Active Transport Plan before consultation closes on 8 November.

“The draft plan supports the Sunshine Coast Sustainable Transport Strategy—also out now for public comment—and provides a higher level of detail regarding walking and cycling,” Cr Griffin said.

“It places a new focus on and prioritises walking, cycling and public transport above personal vehicle use, through planning, development and urban design. The plan details the important supporting services and infrastructure such as end of trip facilities and safe, continuous and direct walking and cycling networks connecting people to where they want to go.

“The Active Transport Plan makes clear that providing sustainable transport networks with safe pathways, footpaths and on-road cycling facilities is key to our vision of sustainability.

“I invite the community to have their say on the Active Transport Plan.”

The feedback will inform the development of a final Sunshine Coast Active Transport Plan, which is anticipated to be presented to council for consideration by Christmas 2010.

The community is invited to have its say on the Draft Active Transport Plan by sending council a detailed submission before 4.30pm, Friday 8 November 2010.

If you would like a copy on CD, please call council’s customer service centre on 5475 7272.

Send feedback to ourplace@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or Sunshine Coast Council, Draft Active Transport Plan, Reply Paid 84374, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Qld 4560.