Proposed Bli Bli development to provide long awaited road safety upgrades

Prue Oswin - Sidelines Traffic

Bli Bli has the potential to become one of the Sunshine Coast’s most connected communities as a result of new bike paths and improved accessibility proposed as part of the Parklakes Central master planned development.

Prue Oswin from Sidelines Traffic has undertaken numerous independent active transport safety studies within Bli Bli over the past few years and says the township has been gifted the long sought after opportunity to provide new safe connections across the community.

“Ongoing feedback from local families, schools as well as retirees has highlighted for a long period of time the importance of being able to safely access key destinations such as schools, shops and entertainment venues by walking, riding a bike or on a mobility scooter.  

“An example of this is one resident who lives directly across the road from the major shopping centre and said they have to drive their vehicle rather than walk as they do not feel safe crossing the current road network.  

“So a developer providing wider community safety upgrades than necessary for their development provides a unique opportunity for Bli Bli after many years of the community seeking such outcomes,” Ms Oswin said.

Map of the proposed Bli Bli cycle pathway

Among the developer’s proposals within the Parklakes Central master planned community is a dedicated community friendly bike path that will link into the existing network and provide an off road walking and bike riding network from Parklakes Drive to Bli Bli Village. Raised crossings which are by far the safest options available as per the Main Roads guidelines will also be provided.

Ms Oswin said the Bli Bli community have been calling for these facilities for a number of years as they will provide a safer alternative route for pedestrians and bike riders.  

“We’ve got a great opportunity to make Bli Bli an inclusive community by meeting the varied active transport needs of local people aged from eight to eighty. Best of all it will reduce the amount of short vehicle trips as it will connect people from across the whole community.

“For example a child from either of the local schools can safely walk or ride a bike all the way to Bli Bli shopping centre and back which is currently not an option.

“The opportunity to develop safer active transport options without awaiting community funding and red tape is something I’ve rarely seen in my time working in this field,” Prue said.

The Parklakes Central project is being undertaken by long term Sunshine Coast locals Peter Shadforth and Robert Flipp who are the developers of the award winning Parklakes 1 and Parklakes 2 communities.

The proposed community has been designed to facilitate multiple life stage and lifestyle options from low density, medium density and options for retirement village and over 55 resorts and is supported by a small retail and commercial hub.

Robert Flipp said that attendance at recent community engagement meetings with the local community, really brought home to him how important it was for the project to include and champion community led safety improvements.

“We’ve listened to this feedback as well as the recommendations of a highly regarded traffic management expert like Prue Oswin and ensured these safety measures were part of the proposal now put before Sunshine Coast Council.

“Parklakes Central is currently under the last stages of Council’s assessment process and upon approval we look forward to creating another high quality master-planned development,” Robert said.

Community members can view these safety improvements and other material on the development at Council’s website and even make a submission to better ensure the safety improvements are included in the works approved.

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