Sunshine Coast Council is undertaking planning to improve the active transport network for walking and riding, connecting Sippy Downs and Buderim.
The vision for the Ballinger and Stringybark roads Active Transport Link project is to significantly increase the number of people walking and riding. This will be achieved through the creation of an inclusive walking and riding outcome for people of all ages and abilities, including safety improvements for riders continuing on road.
Ballinger and Stringybark Road is recognised as a Priority A Route in the Queensland Government’s Principal Cycle Network (map below). This rating is the highest priority allocated to provide valuable and safe active transport connections for people walking, riding and using micro-mobility.
Queensland Government’s Principal Cycle Network
Sunshine Coast Council’s Corporate Plan for 2023-2027 outlines a ‘Strong Community’ goal which encourages a healthy and active community through planning and delivery of the transport network to support active transport modes (walking and cycling).
To align with the strategic priorities, Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy aims to increase cycling, especially on designated cycling routes.
The first stage of community engagement sought feedback in May 2023 and was a valuable first step. Input received helped Council understand what the community would like in this early planning stage.
The second stage of community engagement sought feedback in September 2023. Input received help Council better understand the issues and opportunities along this corridor, and the type of Active Transport Infrastructure that is important to the community.
Where to from here
Feedback received from the community engagement is helping to guide and inform the options analysis for the Active Transport Link
An options analysis report will be completed by Council to allow for the progression of future design phases relating to this project.