New cy­cle­way a key con­nec­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT -

A NEW shared cy­cle­way on Goon­awarra Dr in Mooloolaba now 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 Queens­land 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.

The project linked the re­gion’s prin­ci­pal cy­cle net­work, con­nect­ing the un­der­pass un­der the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way (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. “Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing high qual­ity cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for our com­mu­nity and mak­ing it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple to en­joy ac­tive modes of trans­port.”

Other im­prove­ments in­cluded mak­ing changes to three in­ter­sec­tions and changes to pedes­trian cross­ing points to in­crease safety, up­grades to two bus stops and a new path­way.

This project fol­lowed the re­cent com­ple­tion of a new cy­clist and pedes­trian bridge over Eudlo Creek, which pro­vided a safer con­nec­tion be­tween Bli Bli and Ma­roochy­dore, and the lat­est stage of the Mooloolaba-Minyama sep­a­rated bike­way, along River Es­planade.

“Our re­cent cy­cle projects make a big dif­fer­ence for any­one rid­ing for trans­port, fun or ex­er­cise,” Cr Con­nolly said.

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