The Sunshine Coast: A hotspot for new cycling infrastructure.
The new, dedicated three-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle bridge over Eudlo Creek on David Low Way is well underway and due for completion at the end of March. The bridge is being constructed to the north of the existing road bridge. The project is another example of the State Government assisting local councils to jointly fund cycling infrastructure projects under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, with the state government contributing $2.24 million to this project.
This bridge is part of a broader plan to improve cycling conditions along David Low Way between Bli Bli and Coolum Beach. On-road bike lanes are planned for four sections as part of the Queensland Transport Investment Program during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years. The sections are Mudjimba Esplanade to Petrie Avenue at Marcoola, Tamarindus Street to Boardwalk Boulevard at Mount Coolum, Warran Road to Williams Street at Coolum Beach and Godfreys Avenue to the Sunshine Motorway at Bli Bli.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the state government is committed to investing in cycling infrastructure to make it easier and safer for people to ride bikes across Queensland.
Elsewhere in the region, Stages 1, 3 and 4 of the Mooloolaba to Minyama separated bikeway are now complete. This on-road bikeway is a two-lane, three metre wide bike lane that will eventually link the Mooloolaba Wharf to Minyama (subject to funding). Stage 5 – a pedestrian and cycle bridge over Mayes Canal – has entered the design phase and a link to the Mooloolaba Esplanade is being considered under the Placemaking Mooloolaba Master Plan.
Stage 2 of the project – a section on Brisbane Road between Nicklin Way and Neerim Drive – is on hold due to the much delayed Mooloolah River Interchange Project. For more information, visit: www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au