Ivory Street, Fortitude Valley
|Principal Petitioner||Belinda Ward, Morningside|
|Closing Date||Sun, 30 Apr 2017|
|No. of signatures||49 signatures (View signatures)|
Residents draw to the attention of Council that the $1,011,000 allocated in the 2016-17 budget for modifications to the intersection of Ivory St and Boundary St, Fortitude Valley, will involve removing the footpath along the northern side of Boundary St. Removing this footpath will mean that people walking towards the CBD from the Story Bridge and Fortitude Valley will have further to walk, will have to cross Boundary St where there is no centre island, and will have to contend with vehicles exiting the River Place Apartments. The stated aim of the project is to provide right-turn movement from Boundary St into Ivory St to provide improved access and safety for motorists travelling from Howard Smith Wharves Precinct to the Story Bridge and Fortitude Valley. This plan to improve access for motorists will be to the detriment of people walking.
Your petitioners therefore request that Council does not proceed with the plan to remove the footpath along the northern side of Boundary St, Fortitude Valley, as part of the works to reconfigure the intersection of Ivory St and Boundary St. We ask that Council take into the consideration the safety and convenience of all road users, and take measures to encourage people to travel by active transport in preference to driving. We therefore request that Council close the down-bound lane of Ivory St to motor vehicle traffic, and repurpose this space so that cyclists and pedestrians have a connection between Boundary St and the Story Bridge’s western walkway which doesn’t involve stairs or the extreme gradient of Ivory Lane. We note that it is only a minor detour for motor vehicle traffic to access Boundary St via Ann St rather than via Ivory St, and that Ivory St is intended to provide local access only, but currently functions as a rat-run to Adelaide St and Queen St.