The next link in the Gold Coast’s Oceanway has officially opened giving locals and visitors a new opportunity to explore the iconic Surfers Paradise coastline.
The opening of the Surfers South Oceanway is a significant milestone in linking the 36km network of shared paths.
The 1.6-kilometre section runs between First Avenue at Broadbeach and Laycock Street at Surfers Paradise creating a vital active travel link in one of the city’s busiest areas.
Councillor Darren Taylor said the completion of this section is another step closer to providing a continuous shared path from the Gold Coast Seaway to the New South Wales border.
“As our city continues to grow, we’re prioritising the delivery of a safe active transport network that encourages our residents and visitors to choose healthier and more sustainable ways of travelling,” Councillor Taylor said.
“We’ve already seen how popular other sections of the Oceanway are and I’d encourage people to come and explore this path to see the uninterrupted views for themselves.
“I’d also like to thank the residents and businesses for their patience whilst we’ve been building the Oceanway.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government has invested over $3 million to support the delivery of the Surfers South Oceanway through the popular Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.
“Investment in high quality and safe bike-riding infrastructure helps get more people riding, more often, and promotes healthy travel,” Mr Bailey said.
“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.
“We have committed $268.8 million in funding over the next four years to support and encourage bike riding across the state, improving facilities for locals and tourists alike.”
The Oceanway was jointly funded by the Queensland Government under its Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program and the City of Gold Coast.
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