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Request for Speed bumps or speed restrictions on the south section of Miskin Street

Principal Petitioner Nicola Garrett, Toowong
Date Closed Mon, 30 Apr 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 3 signatures

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Although there are speed restrictions during school hours, traffic continues to race up and down Miskin Street, Toowong, creating danger for local residents and school children attending the two schools.

The petitioners request a way of slowing traffic either by using a permanent speed camera, speed bumps or other traffic calming methods. Random police speed checks are not enough to calm the traffic flow.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting speed bumps or speed restrictions on the south section of Miskin Street, Toowong.

Miskin Street is considered to be a district access road under Council’s road hierarchy. District roads facilitate the movement of people and goods within and through suburbs, including bus and heavy vehicle usage. An existing school zone is in place for the section of Miskin Street which passes Brisbane Boys’ College. 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. A pedestrian refuge provides a safe crossing point for pedestrians near the school. Pedestrian refuges encourage pedestrians to check for safe gaps in oncoming traffic and cross only one lane of traffic at a time.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed platforms and chicanes to discourage non-local traffic such as ‘rat running’ 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 road network.

For these reasons, your request for traffic calming on Miskin Street is unable to be supported.

Your feedback about speeding motorists has been noted. Council has reviewed the speed limit signage in the area and while the 50 km/h speed limit signs as well as the school zone signs are in good condition and located at visible locations, one potential improvement has been identified. Council proposes to install a ‘50’ pavement marking in line with the existing speed limit sign on the northern end of the street.

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.

Council will investigate if a SAM sign can be installed in Miskin Street, subject to a site analysis and support from the local councillor, Councillor Julian Simmonds.

Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Requests for mobile or fixed speed cameras are also assessed by QPS. 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.