Traffic Islands or Speed Bumps on Macoma Street, Banyo

Principal Petitioner Nakia Brighouse, Banyo
Date Closed Sun, 31 Dec 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 5 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Northgate Ward Office that cars, trucks and motorbikes often travel at speeds in excess of 50 km/h down Macoma Street, Banyo. Our concern is due to the increased traffic down this street as a result of the Summerlin Estate, this will be occurring more often. This is a danger to residents and should be re-addressed. This has previously been addressed in a past petition where, as a result, 50 km/h signs were installed on the street, however this has not addressed the problem.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Council consider installing traffic islands or speed bumps down Macoma Street to slow the speed of traffic.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council consider installing traffic islands or speed bumps on Macoma Street, Banyo.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed bumps, platforms and chicanes to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, to discourage non-local traffic such as ‘rat running’ and to moderate vehicle speeds. There is a high demand for traffic calming across the city and Council must prioritise funding to those projects that deliver the greatest benefit in terms of safety and amenity for the wider community.

A traffic count was undertaken on Macoma Street from 21-27 August 2015 and the results indicated that, at the time, the traffic use on the street did not warrant traffic management devices. This was due to the lower than average vehicle volumes and relatively compliant vehicle speeds. While the average vehicle speeds along the street were under the posted speed limit, there were some higher vehicle speeds recorded and it is considered that the majority of those driving at higher speeds were locals.

As a result, 50 km/h signs were installed in late 2015 to address this issue. However, as use of the area may have changed the way the street is now being used, Council will undertake a new traffic survey. If the survey indicates that vehicles are speeding and rat-running, Council will list this street for future funding in line with other citywide priorities. Once funding has been approved, detailed design and community consultation will be undertaken. If the majority of affected residents and the local councillor support the proposal, it will then be installed.

Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service (Police). Speeding vehicle complaints are able to be mitigated by regular enforcement by the Police and they can be contacted on 13 HOON (13 46 66).