Construction has begun on a vital upgrade of pedestrian and cycle facilities on the David Low Way over Eudlo Creek.
Member for Buderim Steve Dickson said this jointly-funded upgrade between State Government and Sunshine Coast Council will link existing cycle facility upgrades which have been delivered over the past four years.
“Sunshine Coast Council has delivered these upgrades under the State Government’s Cycle Network grants program between Bli Bli and Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, and this final link will connect the cycle network.”
A new stand-alone cycle and pedestrian bridge is to be constructed north of the existing traffic bridge and will provide a 3 metre wide path separating cyclists, pedestrians and motorised mobility devices from motor vehicle traffic.
Mr Dickson said: “I have been lobbying for this vital safety upgrade since 2010 and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally a reality.
“I have had residents telling me horror stories of close calls with trucks while cycling across the narrow bridge and elderly residents tripping on the dangerously uneven surface. The pedestrian and cycle facilities on the existing bridge provide no safety barrier between vehicles and pedestrians.
“I thank these residents for their patience while I fought to secure funding for this critical safety upgrade.”
Mr Dickson said that the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ extensive consultation conducted in the development of the new 2017 Queensland Cycling Strategy found that around 760,000 Queenslanders ride a bike each week and another 1.53 million would ride if the conditions were right.
“It is critical cyclists are supported by good planning and investment in safe cycling infrastructure.
“The consultation found that a critical component of better connected cycling infrastructure needs to be greater investment in cycling infrastructure which is physically separated from motorised traffic.
“Increasing the accessibility of cycling infrastructure will see reductions in traffic congestion and environmental impact by getting more cars off the road and health and fitness benefits for cyclists.”
The State Government is contributing $2.24 million towards the project (made up of $740,000 from the State Government’s Cycle Network grants program and $1.5 million from the Department of Transport and Main Roads).
[ENDS] 23 November 2016