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Install a school crossing on Moreton Street outside Petrie Terrace State School

Principal Petitioner Kelly James, Petrie Terrace
Date Closed Sun, 24 Jun 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 31 signatures

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The front entrance to Petrie Terrace State School is very busy during the peak school drop off and pick up times, with lots of traffic coming from all directions (compounded by the fact a kindergarten is situated diagonally opposite the school). With no school crossing on the Moreton Street side of the school, children coming from that side of the road (including all of the pupils living in the suburb of Petrie Terrace) have no safe place to cross. At the top of the hill, it is difficult to see what's coming around the bend from Upper Cairns Terrace, as well as watching out for cars taking off from the school drop off zone, while at the bottom of the hill there are cars coming both ways in Moreton street, as well as turning left and right from Charlotte Street. Additionally, parked cars on Moreton Street opposite the school make it difficult to see traffic coming from the right when crossing towards the school. Given the area, which also features a popular park, is so heavily populated by children, it is only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured on this street or worse.

Given the serious safety issue posed, a school crossing needs to be installed on Moreton Street. Previous measures such as banning left turns from Charlotte Street into Moreton Street have only served to confuse people (as it's only at pick-up, not drop-off times) and create a false sense of security for those crossing the road (with plenty of drivers ignoring the signage). Children coming from the Paddington direction have a staffed crossing, but the children walking from the Petrie Terrace side are left to navigate a difficult and dangerous street (even with a parent present). All children deserve to be able to get to school safely, and with a crossing in place it may even allow more to walk to school, easing the current traffic issues.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council install a school crossing on Moreton Street, Paddington, outside Petrie Terrace State School.

Council has completed an investigation and considered your request. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the following information. 

An existing school zone with threshold markings is in place for the sections of Moreton Street and Dowse Street which pass the school. This zone provides a signed 40 km/h speed limit each school day from 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 4pm. School zones help to raise awareness of motorists to the presence of children and to drive with care. There are pedestrian refuges at the intersection of Dowse Street and Upper Cairns Terrace and another refuge island on Dowse Street near the intersection of Plunkett Street. These pedestrian refuges encourage pedestrians to check for safe gaps in oncoming traffic and cross only one lane of traffic at a time. The refuge island in the middle of Dowse Street is supervised during peak drop-off and pick-up times. There is also a zebra crossing to the south of the school on Charlotte Street.

Your request for a school crossing on Moreton Street has been noted. The Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has a program to provide supervised school crossings. Council will make representations to TMR to consider if a supervised crossing on Moreton Street is warranted.

In June 2014, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk established the independent Brisbane Parking Taskforce (the Taskforce) to advise Council how to respond to parking issues and to best manage on-street parking in the future. The Taskforce included representatives from RACQ, P&Cs Queensland, National Retail Association, Multicap, Taxi Council Queensland, Transport Workers Union, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Parking Australia and Council’s Transport for Brisbane, who reviewed more than 1,100 submissions from residents, schools and businesses.

In response to many school traffic and parking‑related issues contained in the submissions, the Taskforce recommended that all Brisbane schools develop and implement their own traffic management plan using a template prepared by Council. Council’s School Traffic Management Plans (TMP) template offers the benefit of establishing a more consistent approach to parking and traffic management across Brisbane schools, while allowing flexibility for schools to address specific local challenges.

Petrie Terrace State School has completed a TMP which resulted in several local improvements including a left turn ban from Charlotte Street into Moreton Street during peak school drop off and pick‑up times to prevent vehicles queuing over the pedestrian crossing and enhancement of the existing school loading zones. Council officers will continue to work with the school to make further improvements where possible.