CYCLISTS returning from a morning ride out to the end of the Mooloolah River breakwall.
CYCLISTS returning from a morning ride out to the end of the Mooloolah River breakwall. Che Chapman

Coast cycling funding boost

THE Sunshine Coast was shaping to become the best place in Queensland to ride a bike thanks to its geography and a local government commitment to support the sector.

Bicycle Queensland chief executive officer Ben Wilson said the Minyama to Mooloolaba segregated cycle lane was close to being best practice for safe bike way provision.

Mr Wilson was speaking after a Queensland Government facilitated forum on a new cycling strategy for the state.

It followed an online survey involving 5300 people, written submissions and workshops.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a two-year action plan would focus on what needed to be done immediately to get more people riding.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $162 million into high-priority cycle infrastructure over the next four years, including more than $84 million in cycle infrastructure on the state-controlled network.

Bike lanes along sections of David Low Way and Nicklin Way on the Sunshine Coast were included in the roll out.

Mr Bailey said the funding was in addition to nearly $17.5 million awarded to local governments through Transport and Main Roads' Cycle Network Local Government Grants program which matches dollar commitments from local government.

Mr Wilson said the challenge was to provide the facilities to get more people onto bikes who wouldn't ride because they were too scared of the risk.

The key was segregated cycle lanes.

He said the Stay Wider of the Rider campaign was working well and electric bikes, which travel at speeds to 30kph but did not require registration, now held 10% of the market.

Mr Wilson praised Mayor Mark Jamieson and Sunshine Coast Council for its commitment.