Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Reduce Speeding Traffic Lang Street

Principal Petitioner Christian Edelkraut, Morningside
Date Closed Mon, 16 Jul 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 3 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the council the increase in traffic using Lang Street as a through way despite the street entry from Wynnum Road stating "local traffic only". The traffic passes through with high speed and the recently installed speed awareness sign (now taken down) seems to have had little effect. The local traffic signage is inconsistent and is not visible coming Richmond Road. The high traffic with commonly illegal speeds poses a great safety hazard to the residents and pedestrians as well high noise pollution due to hooning and excessive traffic.

We are petitioning that street calming strategies like speed bumps or speed cameras are being considered . Furthermore, that the consistency of the street signage gets revised and the speed limits and traffic restrictions get strictly enforced.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council install speed bumps in Lang Street, Morningside.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as slow points, speed 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 addition, community support to install traffic calming treatments is required as local traffic improvements can create strong reactions, both for and against. Council has previously consulted with residents in 2008 and 2011 for traffic calming in the local area. However, community support was not achieved and fell between the two periods. While the volume of traffic on Lang Street does meet Council’s requirements for traffic calming consideration, to date, support from residents in favour of a traffic calming scheme for Lang Street has not been identified and as such, is not being considered at this time.

To promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on suburban roads, Council has implemented the Speed Awareness Monitor (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.

The installation of SAMs throughout Brisbane is prioritised by the local ward councillors. Two SAM signs have been installed in Lang Street in recent times. The southbound sign was installed from late 2017 to March 2018. The results from the southbound sign indicate that those vehicles recorded over the speed limit dropped their speed by 7 km/h after passing the sign. The northbound sign was installed in July 2018 and is due to be in place until October 2018. Council will work with Councillor Kara Cook, the Councillor for Morningside Ward, to determine her priority for further SAM rotations in Lang Street.

Your feedback about the ‘Local Traffic Only’ signage has been noted. Council installs road signage throughout Brisbane in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In relation to ‘Local Access Only’ signage, these signs are not regulated and are for information only. While they can act as a deterrent to non-local traffic, they are unable to be enforced.

Speeding and driving recklessly are primarily behavioural issues which Council has no powers to enforce. The responsibility for addressing enforcement of poor behaviour and requests to install speed cameras fall under the responsibility of the Queensland Police Service (Police). Speeding and reckless driving 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.