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Children safety - Speed bumps and crossing for Norths St Josephs Junior Rugby League and Netball Club

Principal Petitioner Matthew Willims, Virginia
Date Closed Tue, 16 Oct 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 19 signatures

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Danger to children and pedestrians crossing Wellington Street to the junior rugby league club, park, pedestrian and  bike track. There have been a few close calls due to foot traffic across Wellington Street to the football club, park and pedestrian and bike track. Vehicles regularly don't obey speed limits along this road (it's a wide road) making for a number of close calls. Cars are often parked both sides of the street on days the rugby club is in use, requiring kids to cross the road. Also due to the location of fast food around the corner on Toombul Road, kids often cross the road to acquire snacks etc.

Suggest the installation of two speed bumps to each side of the rugby club and a pedestrian crossing.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council install two speed bumps and a pedestrian crossing at the Norths St Josephs Junior Rugby League and Netball Club on Wellington Street, Virginia.

Council recently completed an upgrade to this section of road, which focused on pedestrian and vehicle safety improvements at the intersection of Wellington Street, Downfall Road and Nixon Street, Virginia. This upgrade saw the installation of traffic islands to reduce the intersection width, which assists pedestrians by shortening the crossing distance across traffic lanes, and slows vehicle speeds in the vicinity of this intersection.

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.

It is noted that Wellington Street provides one of two accesses to the residential and low impact industrial areas in the Banyo area from Toombul Road. As such, it would be expected that almost all traffic utilising Wellington Street is doing so for local access purposes, and would therefore not be non-local traffic for which traffic calming would be a suitable deterrent. As such, a traffic calming treatment is not being considered for Wellington Street.

However, Council is aware of concerns from locals regarding vehicle speeds and accordingly, has previously installed a speed awareness monitor (SAM) along the park frontage from March to May in 2017, as well as 50 km/h speed limit signage. The data from the last SAM rotation indicates that it was very effective at reducing vehicle speeds, with an average reduction of 8 km/h observed in the speed of vehicles travelling above the speed limit on approach to the SAM. The SAM is due for another rotation in January 2019.

Council proposes to conduct traffic speed and volume counts early in 2019 once the school year has commenced and the rugby league club is back in season. This data will guide whether speeding remains an ongoing issue despite the previous efforts of Council, and whether additional measures could be considered.

Your request for a pedestrian crossing has been noted. Council investigates requests for pedestrian crossings in line with the requirements outlined in the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and in conjunction with Australian Standard 1742.10‑2009 (standard). There are specific guidelines within the standard as to where such crossings are appropriate with consideration to approach speeds, consistency of pedestrian demand, available sight distance and local environmental factors.

As part of the abovementioned investigations into vehicle speeds, Council will also conduct pedestrian counts near Warburton Park to determine whether a pedestrian facility across Wellington Street would be warranted. Again, these cannot be completed until the rugby league season commences in 2019, however, this data will guide what potential options are available to address the concerns regarding pedestrians crossing Wellington Street.

Council proposes to conduct these counts in the new year and will contact you with the outcome of the assessment once completed.

As speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, it 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).

Thank you for raising this matter.