Walking and Cycling Strategy

Overview

The updated Noosa Cycling and Walking Strategy will re-establish a vision for cycling and walking in Noosa Shire for the next 20 years (2020-2040).

The key objectives are: 

  • Facilitate cycling and walking for transport, recreation, health, and tourism.
  • Establish a clear vision for cycling and walking for the Noosa Shire.
  • Align with the transport vision outlined in the Noosa Transport Strategy 2017-2027.
  • Capture best practice and emerging trends in cycling and walking.
  • Develop detailed network plans of the existing and future networks.
  • Nominate appropriate design standards for implementation.
  • Develop an implementation plan for the delivery of the network, including 5 and 10-year capital works programs.
  • Provide targeted consultation with community, and business stakeholders.
  • Identify supporting strategies and action plans to help achieve the 20-year vision.

 

Background

Recognising the important roles that walking and cycling play in Noosa for transport, recreation and health, Noosa Council developed the Noosa Cycling and Walking Strategy 2004-2016. 

The out-dated Noosa Cycling and Walking Strategy 2004-2016 will act as a reference document and the updated NCWS will reflect the latest Council and State Government policy updates including:

 

Community Engagement

Noosa Council has undertaken considerable community engagement to date through the Noosa Transport Strategy, Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan and Noosa Trails Master Plan. It is anticipated that the draft Noosa Cycling and Walking Strategy will refine the directions of these existing documents, with input from key stakeholders both internal and external to Noosa Council. 

A Project Reference Group of external stakeholders has been established and workshops are underway to assist with the delivery of the draft Noosa Walking and Cycling Strategy.

We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their commitment and time:

  • Noosa Bike Shop and Bike On
  • Ecotekk
  • Noosa Trailblazers
  • Zero Emissions Noosa
  • Noosa Residents and Ratepayers
  • Noosa Parks Association
  • Tourism Noosa
  • Noosa Triathlon Club and Ironman
  • Peregian Beach Community Association
  • Cooroy Area Residents Association

 

The draft Noosa Cycling and Walking Strategy will be available for community feedback via Your Say in late 2020. Keep an eye on council’s Facebook page to stay up-to-date with key dates.

 

Noosa Fun Facts

Demographics

  • 60% of Noosa’s population lives in the south-east corner of the Shire, which covers ~10% of the Shire.
  • 40% of the population lives in the Noosa Hinterland, which covers ~90% of the Shire.
  • The largest age group in Noosa is 55-64 years making up over 16% of the population.
  • Approximately 40% of Noosa’s population is over 54 years of age.
  • 71.2% of Noosa residents work within the shire with most jobs being located in the Tewantin, Noosaville and Noosa Heads areas.
  • 71% of workers drive to work with only 3.4% of people walking and 0.9% of people cycling.

 

Did you know that of all car trips in Noosa:

  • 10% are less than 1km
  • 30% are less than 3km
  • 50% are less than 5km!

 

 

For further information please email mail@noosa.qld.gov.au and include “Walking and Cycling Strategy” in the subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Council is updating its Cycling and Walking Strategy (NCWS) and developing an implementation plan which will incorporate walking and cycling for transport, recreation and health. The NCWS will include connections to the Noosa trail network, mountain biking tracks and competitive cycling opportunities. 

    The NCWS will re-establish the vision for cycling and walking in Noosa for the next 20 years (2020-2040), prepare updated network plans and produce a five and ten year implementation program. It will include both infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions to achieve the vision.

  • Council has budgeted $250,000 in the 2019/2020 Budget.

  • Cycling and walking routes will be assessed and prioritised against the following criteria which align with state government criteria and will give Noosa Council the best chance of obtaining state grant funding:

    • Strategic Priority
    • Attractiveness and comfort
    • Network enhancement
    • Connectivity
    • Demand
    • Safety improvement
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Project feasibility and deliverability.
  • Considerable community engagement has been completed through the current Noosa Transport Strategy, Noosa Sport and Active Recreation Plan, Noosa Trails Master Plan and the previous Walking and Cycling Strategy 2004 – 2016. It is anticipated that the updated NCWS will simply refine the directions of these existing documents. Therefore early consultation has been refined to a target group of community and business stakeholders through a Project Reference Group.

    The draft Noosa Shire Cycling and Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan will be released on Noosa Council’s Your Say page for public consultation in late 2020.

  • The project reference group was formed on an invitation only basis, endorsed by the previous mayor and senior Council staff. The reference group includes representatives from local businesses, tour guides, sports clubs, Zero Emissions Noosa, residents and ratepayers associations, Noosa Parks Association and Tourism Noosa.

  • The draft Noosa Shire Cycling and Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan will be released on Noosa Council’s Your Say page for public consultation in late 2020.

    If you would like to make a suggestion in the meantime, please submit your enquiry to mail@noosa.qld.gov.au and include “Cycling and Walking Strategy” in the subject line.