Grassroots community movement
Noosa residents are being urged to collaborate on a grassroots project to help make cycling the number one choice of transport for Noosa residents in our daily commutes and recreational use.
A collaboration between Zero Emissions Noosa (ZEN), Open Noosa, Ecotekk and Grassroots Alliance, the participatory mapping experiment aims to highlight trouble spots along Noosa’s existing cycling infrastructure.
The group’s vision is for Noosa to be an active transport community by providing a smooth, efficient, enjoyable and safe cycling experience for residents and visitors alike.
Open Noosa Editor Bettina Walter started the Cycling Bubble Map building on the learnings from the Glossy Team Sunrise Mapping experiment where residents posted photos of cockatoo food trees to lobby for their protection from an imminent development.
“If we can measure and map the current experience, we can then evaluate and create a sound and workable strategic plan which we will lobby local and state government to implement,” Ms Walter said.
An initial stakeholder briefing session was held to find the best way to collaborate on the project with a Cycling Queensland representative providing some insights from other similar programs.
Byron Bay Council recently embarked on an extensive ten year bike access and mobility plan called Walk-Roll-Ride where excellent community engagement is leading to some great outcomes for the local community and tourists alike.
Noosa has long suffered from traffic congestion over peak times and during school drop off and pick up times. A well connected shared bicycle and pedestrian network will make cycling the best option for daily short commutes. It will reduce congestion and improve overall health and wellbeing.
Residents are urged to upload photos to The Bike Bubble Map!
The map will create an overlay with images of great existing paths, danger spots, signage problems and linkage needs.
The group will then evaluate the findings and present a connectivity plan to Noosa Council and Member for Noosa, Sandy Bolton MP, to action.