Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Speed Humps and Children Warning Sign

Principal Petitioner Mandy Ballington, Chapel Hill
Date Closed Sun, 27 May 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 9 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the fact that many car drivers driving down Moordale Street in Chapel Hill tend to speed on this road. At the Moordale park, number 67 plot (land number) there are two corners from either side. We have noticed that some people driving are unaware of the park, the blind spot and children playing and crossing the road. There are many children that live on this street, crossing roads to get to the park to play, or go to and from school. My concern with the driving habilts of drivers that don't have consideration that this is a residential area, and chances of a fatal accident of knocking a child over by car, or even killing a child at high speed around these corners is very high, due to the fact that both sides is a blind spot for drivers.

For this petitioner, I would like to request two speed humps, a children sign, and a speed sign of 10 km/h be put up for the safety of the children and adults. Please for the safety of our children. Thank you

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council install traffic calming in Moordale Street, Chapel Hill.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed bumps, platforms and chicanes to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, to discourage non-local traffic and to moderate vehicle speeds. 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.

In order to determine the priority of any works required in the precinct, Council will undertake a traffic survey. The survey will inform Council of the volume and speed of vehicles moving through the local area and any local traffic improvements which can be considered for implementation.

Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service (the 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).

The petitioners request for children signage has been noted. Council supports the installation of signage to raise the awareness of passing motorists to the potential presence of children travelling to the local park.

The petitioners request for a 10 km/h speed limit has also been noted. Council sets speed limits in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD specifies that 10 km/h is a special speed limit that may only be applied in shared zones and car parks with traffic calming devices. Shared zones are generally constructed in areas where the competing demands of pedestrians, cyclists, motorised vehicles and parking require a form of control which allows complete pedestrian mobility, while at the same time enhancing pedestrian safety. Such areas are generally characterised by heavy pedestrian demand generated by major education, business and/or tourist activities. Despite the pedestrian and children crossing activities generated by the park, as a local residential street, Moordale Street does not meet the criteria to be considered a shared zone and a 10 km/h speed limit is unable to be supported.

As a result of this investigation, Council will undertake a traffic count to determine the extent of any speeding through the area and will install children signage to raise the awareness of passing motorists.

Thank you for raising this matter.