Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Traffic Calming Speed Humps - Redwood Street, Stafford Heights, QLD 4053

Principal Petitioner James Darrouzet, Stafford Heights
Date Closed Tue, 25 Sep 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 34 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of constant excess speeding in a residential and school zone on Redwood Street, Stafford Heights, QLD 4053. This issue has been ongoing for months/years and continues to be a severe risk to the lives of pedestrians, school children, families and animals that live on, go to school on (Stafford Heights State School) and use Redwood Street.

Your petitioners therefore request the implementation of traffic calming speed humps throughout Redwood Street, particularly between Stafford Heights State School and Appleby Road.

Council response

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. Traffic calming treatments are generally applied to local and neighbourhood access roads, 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 for district access roads. Traffic calming treatments on district access roads could also create broader problems by diverting traffic to the wider local traffic network.

In addition to the above, as Redwood Street is a bus route, the installation of devices such as speed platforms would not be supported. These modifications can have impacts on public transport due to buses potentially bottoming out on speed platforms and the physical impacts on operators and passengers, as well as the amenity impacts to nearby residents due to the noise generated by buses crossing the platforms.

For these reasons, your request for traffic calming on Redwood Street is unable to be supported at this time.

Your feedback about speeding motorists has been noted. To promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on suburban roads, Council has implemented the Speed Awareness Monitors (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.

To that end, it must be noted that Council has installed a SAM on Redwood Street facing eastbound traffic along the frontage of Stafford Heights State School.

In addition to the eastbound site, a future SAM site facing westbound traffic is currently listed for implementation during this financial year. While an exact location and timeframe are still being determined, once implemented, it is anticipated that the presence of these SAMs will have a positive impact on driver behaviour and result in reduced vehicle speeds in Redwood Street.

However, 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).