Noosa Parade Upgrade
Noosa Parade forms part of the SEQ Principal Cycle Network and is arguably one of Noosa’s busiest routes for pedestrian and cyclist activity. This activity is driven by its location within the tourist accommodation precinct and proximity to Hastings Street, Noosa Main Beach, and the Noosa National Park. Noosa Parade is a busy gateway into the Noosa Heads precinct at peak times.
The 1.2km major upgrade will provide improved and safer access for all road users by:
- reducing the speed limit to 40km/h
- providing dedicated and continuous on-road cycle lanes in both directions
- upgrading the northern pathway to 2.5m wide and 3m wide where possible
- upgrading the southern pathway to 1.5m wide
- providing eight mid-block pedestrian refuges
- installing improved LED lighting.
Work will also include enhanced landscaping and new trees that will provide extra shade and improve visual amenity.
Council is pleased to announce the Department of Transport and Main Roads awarded a $2.23m Cycling Network Local Government Grant to contribute up to 50% of construction.
The final designs are now available to view here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A copy of the final design will be released on Your Say Noosa in late March 2021.
Council anticipates being able to inform impacted residents and businesses with construction timing details in March 2021. Early work to relocate services will start in May 2021, with construction programmed to start in early 2022.
The central median will be narrowed to allow for the on-road cycle lanes and pedestrian refuges. There will be no impact on the width of existing traffic lanes. Some narrowing of the footpath and nature strip area on the southern side is also required.
While an on-road cycle path is provided, in Queensland, bike riders of all ages can legally ride on the footpath unless otherwise signed. Bike riders must keep left and give way to pedestrians.
Austroads’ guidelines recommend a desirable minimum path width of 2.5m for local access paths when developing engineering solutions to reduce conflict between pedestrians and bike riders.
This project will have minimal impact on existing on-street parking. While some parking will need to be removed for the installation of the pedestrian refuges, approximately 92 parks on the northern side and 114 parks on the southern side will be retained.
An arborist has assessed all the trees in the project site and, unfortunately, some of these trees are causing significant damage to private and public infrastructure.
Council will be planting new trees to replace trees removed. These new trees will not only improve visual amenity, but will also provide shade for people using the pathways and crossings.
Council is committed to investing in infrastructure to get more people riding a bike and walking across the shire. The Noosa Trails Masterplan, which launched in July 2020, seeks to create a world-class trail network linking the coast to the hinterland. The cost of this project once completed is estimated to reach $9 million. A $1.6 million Local Economic Recovery Grant has just been received to fund the first stage of the project from Pomona to Cooran.