Sunshine Coast cyclists to reap benefits

Sunshine Coast cyclists receive funding boost to improve infrastructure Cyclists across the state will enjoy safer, more connected infrastructure following a $17.5 million boost to Queensland's cycle network.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Sunshine Coast Regional Council had been awarded funding for four cycling infrastructure projects.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in cycling infrastructure to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes across Queensland," Mr Bailey said. "26 councils have been successful in receiving funding for 58 infrastructure projects as part of the Palaszczuk Government's Cycle Network Local Government Grants.

"The 2016-17 round of cycle grants will build almost 50km of cycling infrastructure across Queensland." Mr Bailey said Sunshine Coast cyclists would benefit from over $1.2 million funding for safer and improved infrastructure.

"A $1.1 million shared path will be constructed along the southern side of River Esplanade," he said. "The path will travel from the pedestrian and cyclist bridge across Mayes Canal to the location of the future bridge, where the path separates into a protected two-way cycleway and footpath.

"The cycleway will continue to the carpark across from Foote Street and will include completing missing sections to connect with the path along the harbour in Charles Clark Park."

Other projects include:

  •  $75,000 for the design of a cyclist and pedestrian bridge across Mayes Canal between Stages 4a and 4b of the Minyama to Mooloolaba Cycleway.
  • A further $77,000 for design and construction of 150 metres of 3m wide shared path connecting Nicklin Way to the Mooloolaba River shared path either side of the bridge across Parrearra Channel. 
  • $26,000 for design and construction of 184 metres of 1.8m wide, green paint cycle lanes at six intersections along Point Cartwright Drive. The intersections to receive the works are Parkana Crescent, Mawarra Street, Beltana Street, Nanyima Street and Adelong Crescent.

"These projects are jointly funded by the Palaszczuk Government and Sunshine Coast Regional Council." Work on the latest round of projects is expected to start progressively throughout 2016 and 2017.

The Palaszczuk Government invested nearly $37 million into cycling infrastructure in 2015-16, which is fantastic news for Queensland's growing population of cyclists.


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