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Improve Pedestrian Safety on Stanley Road, Camp Hill/Carina

Principal Petitioner Courtney Cameron, Camp Hill
Date Closed Thu, 07 Jun 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 18 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Councillor Ryan Murphy (Doboy Ward) and Councillor Kara Cook (Morningside Ward) the ineffectual pedestrian crossings on Stanley Road, Camp Hill/Carina, which creates a danger for residents and road users.There are 3 pedestrian crossings on this road, and due to the continual flow of traffic from Creek Road and Ferguson Road, these crossings are not effective and pose a danger to users as cars do not stop to allow pedestrians to cross.

Your petitioners therefore request traffic management practices to force drivers to slow before the pedestrian crossings (i.e traffic lights, speed bumps or chicanes), and calm the overall flow of traffic on the street to a safer level.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council improve pedestrian safety on Stanley Road, Camp Hill/Carina.

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

There are eight pedestrian crossing points along Stanley Road. These facilities include two signalised crossings, one at the intersection of Stanley and Creek Roads and another at the intersection of Stanley Road and Lunga Street. There are also three marked zebra crossings (which include pedestrian refuge islands) and three pedestrian refuges. 

Signalised pedestrian crossings generally provide the safest crossing option as they fully control pedestrian and vehicle movements. Zebra crossings grant priority to pedestrians over vehicles, and motorists are required to give way to any pedestrian on or approaching the crossing facility. Pedestrian refuge islands allow pedestrians to cross the road in two stages by providing for them to negotiate only one direction of traffic at a time. This is Council’s preferred treatment for locations without traffic signals as it encourages pedestrians to ensure the road is clear before crossing. 

Your feedback about motorists failing to give way to pedestrians has been noted. Council has no powers to enforce poor driver behaviour including reckless driving and failing to give way. The Queensland Police Service (Police) is the responsible authority for enforcing the Queensland Road Rules. Enforcement can be arranged by contacting the Police via Policelink on 131 444. Providing days and times this behaviour is more likely to occur can assist with targeted enforcement.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed platforms and chicanes to discourage 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 routes, 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 on suburban roads. Traffic calming treatments on suburban roads could also create broader problems by diverting traffic to the wider local road network. Due to Stanley Road’s intended function, the installation of traffic calming devices is not recommended.

To improve the prominence and safety of the existing un-signalised crossing points along Stanley Road, Light Emitting Diode (LED) signage can be installed. Council’s LED Road Signs program involves the installation of LED road signs to improve safety on Brisbane’s suburban streets. Council proposes to install enhanced LED signage on the approach to the zebra crossing on Stanley Road near Clara Street. This is supported by Councillor Kara Cook, Councillor for Morningside Ward. Council will also work with Councillor Ryan Murphy, Councillor for Doboy Ward, to investigate LED signage options for the zebra crossings near Mayfield Road and Mayrene Street. These signs will improve driver awareness of the road conditions and highlight the crossings to passing motorists.

As the prioritisation of LED signs is controlled by the respective wards across the city, the additional signs may need to have funding allocated in subsequent financial years.

The installation of traffic signals must meet criteria outlined by the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. As such, Council will undertake further investigations including a pedestrian count to determine if a signalised pedestrian crossing in the vicinity of Florence Street (or Mayfield Road) is feasible as part of medium to long‑term road network planning.