Local use only signs and reduction in speed limits

Principal Petitioner Ruth Zunker, Taringa
Date Closed Sun, 14 Apr 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 8 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the traffic use along Harrys Road and Stanley Terrace, Taringa. A lot of school children walk along these roads to the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology. This area has become a thoroughfare for trucks and buses. In addition, a lot of cars zoom through this section with little consideration for the road conditions and current use by residents and school children. I feel this area has become unsafe for local residents and school children.

Your petitioners therefore request a review of speed limits in the area and, in addition, request the installation of local use only signs to limit the use to those that live in the area.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council review the speed limits and install local traffic only signs on Harrys Road and Stanley Terrace, Taringa.

Your request for a speed limit review has been noted. Speed limits throughout Brisbane are set in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), taking into consideration the intended road function, road geometry and adjoining land use. MUTCD guidelines ensure speed limits are applied consistently throughout Queensland, with neighbourhood roads having set speed limits up to 60 km/h.

In response to this petition, Council has conducted a traffic survey on both Harrys Road and Stanley Terrace to determine the volume and speed of vehicles using these local roads.

The results indicate that 85% of all vehicles were travelling at or below the posted speed limit which shows very good compliance. In view of this, Council is satisfied that the current speed limit of both corridors is appropriate. It is noted that 40 km/h speed limits are generally only installed on local residential streets where existing traffic calming creates a low-speed environment. Both the lack of traffic calming and the speed data support retaining the existing speed limit and there are no plans to change the existing 50 km/h speed limit at this time.

The survey results also showed that the proportion of heavy vehicles on Harrys Road and Stanley Terrace are 6.1% and 5.4% respectively. Considering the connectivity that the two streets offer in the local network and the nearby land use including the local car dealerships, the percentages are considered acceptable and not out of line with similar local streets across Brisbane. A review of the Queensland Government’s crash database of the past five years has not identified any heavy vehicle crashes along the two road corridors.

Speeding is a driver behaviour issue which can be mitigated by enforcement through the Queensland Police Service (QPS). As such, any specific incidents of vehicles speeding should be reported to the QPS via Policelink on 131 444 for targeted enforcement.

Your request for ‘local traffic only’ signs has been noted. These signs are typically installed for local streets that experience a high number of non-local users who are defined as motorists that do not have a travel origin or destination within the local area. Streets that experience a high number of non-local road users are generally associated with unexpectedly high traffic volumes. The surveys showed that Stanley Terrace has an average two-way traffic volume of 822 vehicles per day (vpd) which is considered to be consistent with its surrounding land use and connectivity within the network. Harrys Road was found to have a two-way volume of 2,165 vpd.

While the volume on Harrys Road may be inflated by the local car dealerships, the relatively high traffic volume compared to Stanley Terrace indicates a level of non-local traffic use.

As a result, Council supports the installation of a ‘local traffic only’ sign on Harrys Road. However, it should be noted that these signs are advisory only and are designed to discourage use by non-local traffic but cannot be legally enforced by the QPS.