Glen Elmes welcomes major boost to local cycling infrastructure

Sunshine Coast cyclists will soon benefit from an allocation of $577,500 in State Government grant funding for cycling infrastructure.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said funding has been awarded to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council through the 2013-14 Cycle Network Local Government Grants program for the delivery of two cycling infrastructure projects.

$220,000 has been awarded for the upgrade of cycling facilities along Gibson Road in Noosaville,” Mr Elmes said.

Planned works will upgrade 1.5 kilometres of cycle lanes to widths of 1.5 to1.8 metres as well as upgrading four roundabouts with green treatments and advanced storage boxes.

New on-ramps and off-ramps will be constructed to connect on and off-road facilities along with the upgrade of 280 metres of off-road footpath to a 2.5 metre wide shared path.

A new crossing refuge will be constructed and a data counter installed.”

Mr Elmes said the other $357,500 was awarded for the upgrade of the 690 metre long and 3 metre wide Sunshine Beach shared pathway along David Low Way between Bicentennial Drive and Cooyar Street.

“These works are part of a $6.3 million pool dedicated to projects that are identified as being part of the Connect To initiative,” he said.

“The Connect To initiative supports projects that connect to significant transport hubs such as Park’n’Ride’s, currently being planned, designed or built.

“The funding of these projects is part of the State Government's commitment to delivering better cycling infrastructure and planning.”

These projects are two of 28 projects to receive a fifty per cent funding grant in the latest round of Cycle Network Local Government Grants which awarded a total of $12 million to seven south-east Queensland councils for the delivery of 20km of cycling facilities.

For more information about the Cycle Network Local Government Grant program and on cycling initiatives, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.