New cy­cle­way a key con­nec­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

A NEW shared cy­cle­way on Goon­awarra Dr in Mooloolaba pro­vides a vi­tal con­nec­tion for cy­clists be­tween schools, TAFE and the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast fol­low­ing its com­ple­tion by Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil.

It’s the lat­est in a series of new cycling fa­cil­i­ties mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to ride safely on the Sun­shine Coast.

The pro­ject was jointly funded by Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Cy­cle Network Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants pro­gram, with the State Gov­ern­ment con­tribut­ing $275,000 to the pro­ject.

Main Roads and Road Safety Act­ing Min­is­ter Steven Miles said the State Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the safety and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the trans­port network for cy­clists.

“These works are a part of our Cy­cle Network Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants pro­gram, which has al­lo­cated $17 mil­lion to cycling projects across Queens­land in 2017–18,” Mr Miles said.

❝ Our re­cent cy­cle projects make a big dif­fer­ence for any­one rid­ing for trans­port, fun or ex­er­cise.

— Cr Con­nolly

The pro­ject linked the re­gion’s prin­ci­pal cy­cle network, con­nect­ing the underpass un­der the Sun­shine Mwy (at the west­ern end of Goon­awarra Dr) to the in­ter­sec­tion of Palm Dr.

Di­vi­sion 4 coun­cil­lor John Con­nolly said the cy­cle­way pro­ject had im­proved the look of the street with shade trees, in ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing ac­cess for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

“Pro­vid­ing easy and safe ac­cess for bike riders to travel be­tween some of our key ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties and other im­por­tant lo­ca­tions was es­sen­tial,” Cr Con­nolly said.

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