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Eton Street - Traffic calming and footpaths

Principal Petitioner Lara Wallrock, Nundah
Date Closed Fri, 20 Apr 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 56 signatures

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Eton Street has become a thoroughfare for cars trying to avoid traffic on surrounding main roads (Sandgate Road and Rode Road). The cars rat-run their way up and down Eton Street, breaking the speed limit of 50 km/h. There are many children who live in Eton Street and it is a significant threat to their safety allowing these cars to speed up and down what should be a quiet residential street. Should a child run out onto the street chasing a run away ball, they would not stand a chance if hit by one of these speeding vehicles. There are also a number of car yards at the bottom of Eton Street whose employees continue to test drive vehicles up and down Eton Street, again at speeds well over the speed limit of 50 km/h. Complaints have been made to the car yards, however nothing has been done or if it has, it has had no effect whatsoever. The residents of Eton Street are extremely concerned about this issue and that if nothing is done by Council then the unthinkable will inevitably occur.

The residents of Eton Street therefore request that Council install traffic calming on Eton street to slow the speed at which traffic is able to travel up and down the street. Footpaths also need to be installed down at least one side of the street to enable pedestrians, including children who walk to local schools, wheelchairs etc. to safely travel up and down Eton Street without having to run the risk of walking on the side of the actual road. With cars travelling at the speeds they are, it is lethal walking down the side of Eton Street.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting traffic calming and footpaths in Eton Street, Nundah.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed platforms and chicanes to discourage use from non-local traffic and to moderate vehicle speeds, providing a safer environment for all road users. 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.

In response to your petition, Council has undertaken two traffic surveys on Eton Street in May 2018 to determine if the installation of traffic management devices is warranted. The surveys were undertaken between Sandgate Road and Windsor Street (location 1) and also between Windsor Street and Imbros Street (location 2). The survey at location 1 reported 1,215 vehicles per weekday and that 85% of vehicles travel at speeds of 50 km/h or less for eastbound traffic and 53 km/h or less for westbound traffic. The survey at location 2 reported 1,569 vehicles per weekday with 85% of vehicles travelling at 49 km/h or less for eastbound traffic and 51 km/h or less for westbound traffic.

These results are very similar to another survey undertaken at both locations in January 2017, and have highlighted that overall traffic volumes have remained consistent and the majority of vehicles are travelling in accordance with the posted speed limit.

The traffic volumes obtained are under the expected capacity for Eton Street, given that it serves a large residential precinct, and its connectivity to the arterial road, Sandgate Road and the local Nundah State Primary School. Therefore, it is considered at this stage that Eton Street does not warrant any traffic calming treatments.

To promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on suburban roads, Council has implemented the Speed Awareness Monitor (SAM) program. SAMs are installed for a minimum of one month and increase motorist awareness of their travelling speed by acting as a reminder to adhere to the speed limit. The citywide program has seen a marked decrease in the number of motorists travelling over the speed limit when passing the signs, with an average speed reduction of more than 8 km/h across all sites since the program began in late 2013.

The installation of SAMs throughout Brisbane is prioritised by the local ward councillors. In response to this petition, Council will work with Councillor Adam Allan, the Councillor for Northgate Ward, to determine his priority for installing a SAM to reinforce the speed limit on Eton Street in the coming financial year.

Your request for footpaths in Eton Street has been noted. In the 2017-18 budget, funds are evenly distributed between each Ward to build new footpaths and make local park improvements. The local councillor decides which new footpath projects are to be funded from their Ward Footpath and Parks Trust Fund following consultation with adjacent property owners.

The petitioners’ request for a new footpath in Eton Street, Nundah, has been forwarded to Councillor Allan for consideration as part of the Ward Footpath and Parks Trust Fund program for Northgate Ward.

Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Speeding 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.