Noosa Councillor Jess Glasgow with Zabe owner Samantha Mitchell where the bike parking trial is about to happen.
Noosa Councillor Jess Glasgow with Zabe owner Samantha Mitchell where the bike parking trial is about to happen.

Make way for bike set

NOOSA’S parking priorities may be about to turn full “cycle” rather than circle as part of a Tewantin trial to remove a car space for a stash of two-wheeler transports.

Zabe Espresso Bar is leading the charge by gaining Noosa Council permission to remove a parking space to accommodate a Lycra-clad, coffee-seeking parking crush from 6-9am.

Council intends to monitor the success of the request by Zabe to free up footpath space with a mind to possibly rolling out the set up along Noosa’s busy cafe strips.

Keen cyclist Councillor Jess Glasgow is keen to see this bike trial succeed given Noosa’s cycle culture.

There can be more than 20 bikes many mornings stacked on footpaths competing for pedestrian space and causing some local concerns, which triggered Zabe to request a six-month trial for a bike storage facility in car space.

“Cycling is the coming mode of transport, it might be only something small, but small things lead to big things in the long run,” Cr Glasgow said.

“This is the happy medium between being able to park your bike and walk down the footpath.

“Yes, you’re going to get some frustrated car drivers, but there is no reason why every prominent coffee shop in the Noosa Shire can’t have sufficient bike (parking) space,” Cr Glasgow said.

Zabe owner Samantha Mitchell would like to end the straggle of parked bikes “all down the street”.

“Sometimes there can be like 20 plus, we did have a bike parking (rack) at the front but someone complained to council about that taking up too much footpath.”

A council transport officer has told Zabe it can proceed with the trial at the cafe’s expense to install the bike holder in the western parallel car space clear of the bus stop departure area.

Signs will advise the public that: “This temporary bicycle storage facility is permitted by Noosa Council to be installed within this carparking space between the hours of 6am to 9am as a trial to reduce bicycles parked along the footpath”.