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Calm, quiet community street request drivers to slow down - Blackwood Rd, Deagon

Principal Petitioner Shelley Greene, Deagon
Date Closed Wed, 08 Aug 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 72 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council, about cars driving at speed down a quiet community street. Over the past few months, the road traffic driving at speed down Blackwood Rd is on the rise...from cars, motorbikes and utes. This street is a marked bicycle route, with young children, families and pets walking the street frequently. This has fast become a growing concern for the local residents as they feel it will only be a matter of time before something tragic happens. On 6/7 that fate became reality, when our small family pet being hit and killed by a heavy ute/vehicle driving at speed down what is normally a quiet, calm back street. This has to stop!!!

Your petitioners therefore request ...all drivers consider their surroundings, and just slow down. The local council install a speed detecting / monitoring device in the initial instance. Although this thought to be a challenge regarding reaching the speed limit. The best outcome would be to install 3-4 speed humps down Blackwood Rd to deter drivers from using this calm, family heavy backstreet as a speed strip in an attempt to prevent this fate for someone else’s family member.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council install a speed detecting/monitoring device along Blackwood Road, Deagon.

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.

Council’s investigation has included a review of the local traffic network. This review has identified that Blackwood Road provides access to a small number of residential streets, however, there is no through access from this catchment area. Accordingly, it is considered that any vehicles travelling on Blackwood Road are either local residents, their visitors or people conducting business in the area and there would be no reason for high volumes of non local traffic to use Blackwood Road as a shortcut. As such, Council has no current plans to investigate traffic calming measures on Blackwood Road at this time.

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.

In response to this petition, Council has arranged a traffic survey to determine the speeding behaviour on Blackwood Road and the results will be used by Council to inform any further investigations. In addition, Council will investigate if a SAM sign can be installed on Blackwood Road, subject to a site analysis and support from the local councillor, Councillor Jared Cassidy.

Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which 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.