Major Coast road to become more cycle-friendly
IMPROVEMENTS to cycling safety on the David Low Way have been announced as part of a $7.74m Queensland Transport Investment Program to be rolled out over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years.
The David Low Way is already considered one of the best roads in terms of safety in Queensland and is the route which attracts the most number of regular riders.
Sunshine Coast Tri Club president Grant Edwards said the David Low Way was relatively flat and had good road shoulders, attributes that drew cyclists from across the region.
He said there were plenty of other areas the government needed to consider particularly into the hinterland.
"I ride regularly between Bli Bli and Noosa and it is outstanding by comparison with other roads,'' Mr Edwards said.
"It's the most popular ride on the Sunshine Coast."
What is needed he said, and must be considered, is maintaining bike lanes. He warned cyclists would not ride over broken glass and grit that was pushed to the shoulders by other road users.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Transport and Main Roads' Cycling Infrastructure Policy encouraged cycling as an alternative transport mode and complemented funding programs to provide cycling facilities across the state network.
"We're committed to improving the safety of our transport network and promoting the growth of cycling on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Bailey said.
"More people cycling more often to work, school, or for recreation helps to manage increasing demands on our transport infrastructure.
"It reduces congestion and air pollution and improves people's health and well-being."
Upgrades between Bli Bli and Coolum Beach will include: Mudjimba Esplanade to Petrie Avenue, Marcoola; Tamarindus Street to Boardwalk Boulevard, Mount Coolum; Warran Road to Williams Street, Coolum Beach and Godfreys Avenue to the Sunshine Motorway, Bli Bli.
Mr Bailey said the department would begin engaging with key stakeholders and affected residents along David Low Way over coming months.
"Cycling is a key part of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle, and we are pleased to deliver these improvements for locals and visitors to the coast," he said.
"Once completed, it will provide better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of cycle networks between Bli Bli and Coolum Beach and encourage more people to cycle, more often."