New speed limits set to save lives and make shopping precincts safe

November 28th, 2018

Speed limits will be lowered at three new locations across Brisbane in the first quarter of 2019, with six other precincts identified for future reductions in speed.

Council’s Infrastructure Committee has approved new 40km/hr speed zones at Old Cleveland Road Stones Corner, Oxley Road Corinda, and Mains Road and McCullough Street Sunnybank.

Sections of Vulture Street West End, Station Road Indooroopilly, Riding Road Hawthorne, Flinders Parade Sandgate, and Lutwyche Road have also been earmarked, among others, for future reductions.

The news follows the recent introduction of a 40km/hr speed limit on Ann Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, welcomed Council’s action to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. 

“Lower speed limits save lives – we applaud this commitment to protecting community safety,” she said.

“This move will make busy community precincts much safer for people who walk and ride, in areas where Queensland seniors and young children are very active.

“According to United Nations data, even just a five per cent cut in the average speed reduces the number of fatal crashes by 30 per cent, and 47 countries have already implemented lower urban speed limits and laws that allow local authorities to further reduce speed limits to protect people on foot and riding bikes.

“It’s essential to set lower speed limits in precincts where people walk, ride, and cross the street frequently.

“Setting slower speed limits in designated precincts across Brisbane city will save lives, significantly reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, and create a nicer world in which to live and ride.

“Lower speed limits also help to stop vehicles rushing through traffic lights to try and beat gridlock.

“Lowering speed limits has been proven time and again to prevent crashes and save costs, which are ultimately always borne by the community.

“47 countries around the world have already implemented these commonsense practices to protect vulnerable road users, adopting a strong focus on infrastructure and laws that discourage high-risk driving.

“Concerted investment to improve on-road bike lanes and build new separated cycleways is also critical – providing lifesaving protection for people who walk and ride by eliminating risks of collisions involving motor vehicles – giving all road users greater peace of mind.

“While individual awareness is important, we cannot emphasise strongly enough the fact that if a vehicle impacts with a pedestrian or bike rider at a high speed, the person is likely to be killed or seriously injured – and we have a responsibility to make our streets safe in all circumstances.

“Slowing down speed limits will accelerate our work to achieve the goal of zero deaths on our roads and across Brisbane city.

“I commend Council’s Infrastructure Committee and Chairperson Amanda Cooper,” Ms Savage said.

Bicycle Queensland analysis of road crash data found that a 10km/hr reduction in the speed limit in Brisbane CBD in 2009 reduced the average crash cost in car crashes involving a cyclist by $30,000 per crash, from about $250k to $220k – lowering the number of fatalities and serious injuries over a five-year period.

ENDS.

Move Safe – New Initiatives

Speed limit reductions (including village precincts)

Council will reduce the speed limit across the following locations:

  • Ann Street, Brisbane (reduced from 60 km/h to 40 km/h between Creek Street and the Riverside Expressway on Monday 5 November 2018)
  • Oxley Road, Corinda (to be introduced in the first quarter of 2019)
  • Mains Road and McCullough Street, Sunnybank (to be introduced in the first quarter of 2019)
  • Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner (to be introduced in the first quarter of 2019).

Council will investigate speed limit reductions in the following village precinct areas by early 2019:

  • Beaudesert Road, Moorooka (Durack Street to Hansen Street – also listed in Senior Citizens’ Safety Zones)
  • Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche (Felix Street and High Street)
  • Station Road, Indooroopilly (Moggill Road and Coonan Street)
  • Vulture Street, West End (Montague Road and Franklin Street)
  • Riding Road, Hawthorne (Main Avenue and Dutton Road)
  • Flinders Parade, Sandgate (Second Avenue and Ninth Avenue).

Senior Citizens’ Safety Zones

In locations where there are significant numbers of people over 60 years of age walking, there are alterations that can be done to improve the safety for people crossing. These could include signage to alert drivers to the presence of slower-moving pedestrians and increase to the crossing time to cater for slower walking speeds.

Two of the identified village precinct speed reduction projects (Beaudesert Road, Moorooka, and Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner) can be considered as significant numbers of people over 60 struck by cars in the past 10 years.

  • Beaudesert Road, Moorooka – 4 pedestrian crashes over 10 years requiring medical treatment
  • Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner – 4 pedestrian crashes over 10 years requiring hospitalisation.

Council will investigate Senior Citizens’ Safety Zones at these locations by mid 2019.

Road safety reviews

Council will conduct road safety reviews by qualified Road Safety Auditors to assess locations where improvements could be made. These reviews will consider all road users and suggest measures to eliminate or mitigate risks and occur at:

  • Forensic Crash Unit attended locations  (in 2017, the FCU attended 156 crashes in Brisbane, including 21 pedestrian crashes
  • Ipswich Road, Annerley – by mid 2019 (current posted speed limit – 60 km/h)
  • Boundary Street, West End – by mid 2019 (current posted speed limit – 40 km/h)

Four-lane road zebra crossing reviews

Council no longer installs zebra crossings on four-lane roads, but there are a number of locations where they still exist.

Due to changes in design standards, zebra crossings are no longer installed by Council on four-lane roads as pedestrians can be exposed to long crossing distances or be hidden behind traffic in adjacent lanes.

Council proposes to investigate possible improvements at the following locations with existing zebra crossings by December 2019:

1.         Orange Grove Road, Salisbury

2.         Logan Road, Woolloongabba

3.         Logan Road, Holland Park West

4.         Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill.

Council will soon conduct a trial of ‘Smart Crossings’ at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Lemke Road, Fitzgibbon and at Shaw Road, Kedron. These crossings use detection technologies (of people waiting at crossing and while they are on the crossing) to monitor whether a pedestrian or a number of pedestrians are waiting to cross and how quickly they complete their crossing.

Recommendation 1: Ann Street speed reduction – Introduced Monday 5 November 2018

The Ann Street speed reduction was introduced on Monday 5 November 2018 to improve safety for all road users. The speed reduction was from 60 km/h to 40 km/h on Ann Street (between Creek Street and the Riverside Expressway) in the Brisbane CBD.

The speed reduction also brings this section of Ann Street into line with the majority of CBD streets that are 40 km/h.

Recommendation 2: Albert St scramble crossings – Wednesday 28 November 2018

Scramble crossings will be introduced at the following Albert Street intersections on Wednesday 28 November 2018:

  • Project 1: Albert Street and Charlotte Street intersection
  • Project 2: Albert Street and Mary Street intersection

Council will install highly visible signage at both intersections to advise pedestrians of the scramble crossings.

Scramble crossings allow pedestrians to cross the intersection in all directions at one time. They also help to improve safety by removing conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians. The revised traffic signal sequencing will mean that vehicles will no longer turn across the travel path of pedestrians on a green signal.

Recommendation 3: Village precinct speed reductions

Council proposes to reduce the speed limit from 60 km/h to 40 km/h at the following locations by the first quarter of 2019:

  • Project 1: Oxley Road, Corinda
  • Project 2: Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner
  • Project 3: Mains Road/McCullough Street, Sunnybank.

Recommendation 4: Adelaide Street mid-block crossing – to be introduced mid 2019

Project 1: Council will install a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights on Adelaide Street between Albert and Edward Street, to provide a safe crossing alternative for pedestrians.

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