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Petition to slow traffic in Land Street

Principal Petitioner Irene Henderson, Toowong
Date Closed Thu, 03 May 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 27 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the danger to children and other pedestrians crossing Land Street near the access to the underground tunnel to the riverwalk along Coronation Drive, and children's play area in Moorlands Park. Motorbikes and cars with very loud mufflers are increasingly using Land Street as a speed way and the associated noise pollution, apart from the danger to any person using Land Street is a major concern.

This petition therefore requests that in the interest of safety of children and pedestrians, we, the citizens of Land Street ask the Brisbane City Council to explore the potential for Local Area Traffic Management. This is especially timely with the proposed second tunnel being built for the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians who use the riverwalk along Coronation Drive. Any method to slow traffic in Land Street would be to the benefit of safety for local residents, especially children.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council slow traffic via traffic calming in Land Street, Toowong/Auchenflower.

Traffic calming involves the installation primarily of devices such as speed platforms and chicanes to discourage non-local traffic such as ‘rat running’ and to moderate vehicle speeds, providing a safer environment for all road users. Traffic calming treatments are generally applied to Local and Neighbourhood Access routes, which primarily provide access to dwellings, residential buildings and other local streets with limited traffic movements. Traffic calming devices, which inherently impact on the efficient movement of people and goods, are unsuitable on suburban roads. Traffic calming treatments on suburban roads could also create broader problems by diverting traffic to the wider local road network.

For these reasons, the petitioners’ request for traffic calming on Land Street is unable to be supported.

In response to your concerns for pedestrians and cyclists, a review of the existing Council facilities has been carried out. There are bike lanes on both sides of Land Street connecting the Bicentennial Bikeway and the off-street cyclist facility in Moorlands Park. Crossing Land Street near the tunnel is facilitated by two signalised intersections offering safe crossing options. A third signal on the western end of Land Street provides a safe crossing along the Sylvan Road corridor. The existing facilities are considered to provide a range of options for safely crossing Land Street while exercising due care and attention.

Council recognises the value of improving safety along its active transport network. Council’s Transport Planning and Strategy branch is currently reviewing its Active Transport Network Plan and will investigate options to improve active transport safety along Land Street as part of this review.

Your feedback about speeding motorists and noisy vehicles has been noted. Council will commission a traffic survey on Land Street to determine the extent and volume of any speeding. As traffic calming is not supported on Land Street, these results will inform Council if a lower speed limit could be utilised to curb poor driver behaviour. An officer will contact you to discuss the results once they have been received.

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

Thank you for raising this matter.