Days Road and Kedron Brook Road Upgrade

Principal Petitioner Andrew Methorst, Bracken Ridge
Date Closed Fri, 15 Dec 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 66 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council (BCC) the shortcomings of the proposed Days Road and Kedron Brook Road intersection “upgrade” plans. We believe that the proposed design is more hostile than the existing intersection for people who choose active travel. Currently Council states that the plans to upgrade this intersection will “reduce congestion, improve traffic efficiency and increase safety for all road users. These works will help cater for existing and future traffic demands along this busy corridor.” The current design appears to be aimed only at attempting to increase the flow of cars traveling right on to Kedron Brook Road in the morning peak, and left onto Days Road in the evening peak. The proposed design will be dangerous for outbound cycle traffic traveling north which needs to access Uxbridge Street (to the right). We believe that the left slip lane will encourage increased motor vehicle speeds to what we see now, and force northbound cyclists (heading to Uxbridge Street) to make this dangerous merge across the high-speed left turn lane. The other option currently displayed for people choosing active transport is to ride on the footpath and wait for two whole phases of traffic lights to cross Days Road. Observational studies elsewhere in Queensland have shown that most cyclists will choose not to use the signalised alternative provided by the Council due to delays so will choose the high-speed merge option. For inbound cyclists, the removal of the right turn out of Uxbridge Street will force cyclists to cross Uxbridge Street and ride on the footpath to the crossing lights. Crossing Uxbridge Street is dangerous due to possible collisions with traffic turning left off Days Road and using the footpath and the lights will incur delays. It's likely that many will choose not to comply and partake in U-turns on Days Road.

Kedron Brook Road is nominated by Council as a principal cycling route and is the most direct path for the many residents of the Grange, Newmarket, Stafford, Gordon Park, as well as other northern suburbs. Currently more cyclists use Kedron Brook Road each day than all the other northern BCC cycling routes combined, so the petitioners request that the BCC give priority to the safety and needs of cyclists using this intersection. We ask that BCC address the following issues in particular.

  • We ask that the northbound slip lane be lengthened and made compliant with Austroads standards.
  • That the speed limit be reduced to 30 km/h to increase merge safety with bicycle and motor traffic.
  • We are happy that the proposed Days Road crossing be included, but we also ask that the right turn out of Uxbridge Street be allowed for cycle traffic as it is now. To facilitate this, we ask that the bike lane be removed on Days Road (which is unlikely to be used), and this road width given to a refuge island in the middle of Days Road to enable the right turn, should bicycle users choose this option.
  • We ask that a physical separator be installed around the bike lane going southbound on Kedron Brook Road. We believe this will act to stop cars running wide into the bike lane that are turning right off Days Road onto Kedron Brook Road.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council alter the design of the Days Road and Kedron Brook Road intersection upgrade in Grange and Wilston.

Council is upgrading the intersection of Days Road and Kedron Brook Road to increase capacity, reduce congestion, increase traffic efficiency and improve safety for all road users.

Council has undertaken extensive traffic modelling to determine the best solution for tackling congestion at the intersection. Based on current and future traffic demands, a signalised intersection is the most appropriate treatment to address the identified safety and capacity issues while minimising the impacts of potential land acquisition on adjacent properties.

The safety of all road users is a priority for Council and is a key consideration in the design of the intersection upgrade. The current design carefully balances the needs of all road users to provide improved traffic flow for vehicles, as well as safer options for cyclists through cycle lanes and shared pathways.

Council has considered the requests made in your petition and in response provides the following information.

Your concerns about the safety of outbound cyclists travelling north onto Days Road from Kedron Brook Road are noted. The design provides two options for cyclists to safely enter Days Road from Kedron Brook Road.

Cyclists can merge into the right-turn lane, prior to the lane splitting into left and right-turn lanes, to enter the dedicated cycle lane at the intersection. As per the Queensland Road Rules, motorists driving 60 km/h or under must provide one metre clearance to cyclists performing this movement. Cyclists can then use the controlled right-turn movement to connect with the on-road cycle lane on Days Road and turn into Uxbridge Street if desired. Alternatively, cyclists can also use the dedicated bicycle ramp from Kedron Brook Road to connect with the off-road shared pathway and signalised crossing points at the intersection. This arrangement allows cyclists to enter Days Road from Kedron Brook Road through the method they are most comfortable with.

Your suggestion to lengthen the northbound cycle lane on Kedron Brook Road on approach to the intersection is acknowledged, however, this cannot be accommodated within the existing road reserve. The current design has been certified by a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ) as being in accordance with relevant guidelines including Austroads and is not expected to increase vehicle speed on Kedron Brook Road. Additionally, a road safety audit has confirmed the proposed design is safe.

Your request to reduce the speed limit on Kedron Brook Road to 30 km/h on the approach to the intersection is noted. Days Road and Kedron Brook Road are both classified as Suburban Roads in the Brisbane City Plan 2014 with posted speed limits of 60 km/h and 50 km/h respectively. These speed limits are considered appropriate for safe and efficient movement through the network and Council does not consider it necessary to further reduce the speed limits.

Your request for the right turn out of Uxbridge Street to be maintained for cyclists via the removal of bike lanes on Days Road and installation of a refuge island is noted. With the installation of traffic signals at the intersection, there are insufficient sight lines to maintain a safe right-turn movement from Uxbridge Street for both vehicles and cyclists. To accommodate the traffic signals, the lane layout on Days Road will be amended to provide an additional lane of traffic. This additional lane makes a right-turn movement from Uxbridge Street to Days Road a high-risk manoeuvre for cyclists. As the petitioners have noted, there is insufficient space within the road reserve to accommodate a refuge island with safe and sufficient storage for cyclists. The bike lanes on Days Road cannot be removed to provide additional space as they serve important guidance and delineation functions for vehicles and cyclists travelling northbound on Days Road from Kedron Brook Road. For these reasons, Uxbridge Street will be amended to left-in/left-out only for both vehicles and cyclists.

Following community feedback, Council modified the design for the southbound cycle access along Uxbridge Street to include a new central on-road cycle lane. This will allow cyclists to enter the central cycle lane and use the new traffic island before safely crossing the single lane on Uxbridge Street to join the shared pathway. Traffic modelling undertaken during the project design phase shows a low volume of left-turn movements from Days Road to Uxbridge Street and as per Queensland Road Rules, motorists must give way to pedestrians and cyclists crossing a road they are turning into.

You have also requested the installation of a physical separator between the southbound bike lane and the vehicle lane on Kedron Brook Road. The installation of the separator is not feasible due to constraints of the existing road reserve. Further, design investigations confirm there is sufficient space for vehicles to turn without encroaching into the bike lane and therefore a physical separator is not deemed necessary.

The project design has been reviewed and certified as in accordance with relevant guidelines, including Austroads, by a RPEQ. Additionally, a road safety audit has confirmed the proposed design is safe.