Council is working on a safe walking and cycling link along Karawatha Drive suitable for new and existing bicycle riders including children walking, scootering and riding to school.
Share your feedback on the proposed designs before 29 July, 2022 via the online survey.
As part of the Principal Cycle Network, Karawatha Drive has been recognised by Council and the Queensland Government as a Priority A route providing valuable walking and cycling connections to nearby schools, TAFE, local shops and Mooloolaba centre.
People riding along Karawatha Drive currently share the traffic lanes, and the road shoulder when no cars are parked, or share the footpath. This layout can lead to situations of stress for all road uses and needs improving.
Council has developed three concept design options that include a separated cycle track in between the footpath and road traffic lanes. All options will provide street beautification through landscaping and improve shade for people walking and cycling.
The concept design aims to achieve low stress walking and cycling networks suitable for all ages and abilities, providing transport choice suitable for new bike riders while reducing conflict with walkers.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Corporate Plan for 2022-2026 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 the mode share of people cycling, especially on designated cycling routes.
In 2020 Council undertook an initial consultation with residents to share a proposed concept design.
With the feedback from residents, it was established that the retaining of trees was valued higher than on-street parking.
Following further investigation, Council has investigated further options that best align with relevant guidelines and community feedback.
The design aims to achieve funding contribution from the Queensland Government and provide an attractive, direct, and low stress walking and cycling outcome that is safe for all users.
Where to from here
Council is seeking community feedback for three weeks, between 11 and 29 July 2022, via an online survey.
The feedback obtained during the consultation period will allow Council to better understand the preferences of people walking, scootering, riding, driving, and living along Karawatha Drive.
Council will close the loop by reporting the preferred option back to the community during August 2022.
This further feedback will inform and refine the design. Construction is scheduled to commence late 2023.