Queensland's popular Mooloolaba to Maroochydore Cycleway has been granted $6.7m from the Palaszczuk Government for the next stage of upgrades.
Stage six of the project involves creating a three metre wide bikeway along the Alexandra Headland foreshore, which Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Baily hopes will "build on the coast's popularity as a destination for bike riders."
This follows the announcement last week of a second stage of bikeways on David Low Way at Marcoola.
Clearly the benefits of investing in bike infrastructure for the popular tourist region is not lost on Mr Baily, who told Mirage News, “not only will this encourage more people to ride their bike, it will also deliver a $5 economic return for the region for every dollar invested as part of this project.
“What better way to explore the coast foreshore than by riding your bike, stopping into a local café and exploring all the region has to offer.”
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council is pleased to be working with the State Government to deliver the M2M Cycleway in stages.
“We know more people in our region want to walk, run and ride and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.”
“By providing dedicated infrastructure, separated from cars, the M2M Cycleway will encourage people to get out and use active transport options for their daily commute, helping to achieve our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”
Community consultation will start later this year to inform planning for the 6km-long link, providing off-road connection from Mooloolah River, near the Sunshine Motorway at Minyama, to Maroochydore City Centre.