Yeerongpilly Green road safety risks and hazards identified

Principal Petitioner Stephen Dowdle, Tennyson
Closing Date Mon, 30 Sep 2019
No. of signatures 173 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Brisbane City Council and the local Speed Management Committee our view that while we welcome the Queensland Government development at Yeerongpilly Green in close proximity to the Queensland Tennis Centre, the works to date have given rise to road safety risks and hazards that may result in collision, injury or fatality.

The petitioners would hate to see a serious traffic incident severely diminish the reputation of the Yeerongpilly Green project particularly in its infancy. We believe these risks and hazards can be mitigated by implementing the actions we are requesting. We understand that the Brisbane City Council is committed to ensuring the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists across our city’s road network, and it is on that basis that we respectfully submit this ePetition.

A new 70 kph sign has been installed on the southbound lanes of Fairfield Road, in the median strip just before motorists turn right into King Arthur Tce and head west. This new section of King Arthur Tce has relatively short distances between multiple sets of traffic lights, with two vehicle lanes and a bicycle lane in each direction. Also there is a side road. We feel that 70 kph is an excessive and potentially dangerous speed to be travelling on this section of road. We feel that 50 kph is a reasonable speed limit for this section of road considering the hazards.

Continuing westbound along King Arthur Tce, just past Bedivere St and as two lanes merge into one immediately before a pedestrian crossing, a new 60 kph sign has been installed. We have observed motorists speeding up in the left lane to then cut in front of vehicles in the right lane, just as the lanes merge before the pedestrian crossing. We believe this is a poor road design and has created a safety hazard. If someone steps onto the crossing either everyone has to stop as they are merging which creates the risk of vehicle collision, or worse, a vehicle collides with the pedestrian(s) which could result in a fatality. We feel the current speed limits are too high and a pedestrian crossing should not have been installed immediately following a traffic merge.

After the pedestrian crossing and continuing west along King Arthur Tce, the road leads downhill to a four way roundabout with limited visibility. We feel that 40 kph is a reasonable speed limit for this section of road considering the hazards. Travelling eastbound on King Arthur Tce, the speed limit is 40 kph in the area of the Queensland Tennis Centre, however just past the roundabout and entrance to the Tennyson Reach visitors car park, a new 60 kph sign has been installed. In the morning peak hours, the sun is in the eyes of motorists travelling east, the road is curved, and the A-pillar in most vehicles obscures part of the pedestrian crossing and approach from the motorist’s view. We feel that 60 kph in this section of King Arthur Tce is excessive; and combined with other factors such as the curvature of the road, vehicle blind spots, and sun in the eyes restricting vision, does lead to an increased risk of collision which may result in injury or fatality.

The Queensland Tennis Centre hosts both major and minor events throughout the year. We have observed pedestrians walking from the area of Ortive St towards the Tennis Centre, on the footpath on the northern side of King Arthur Tce. This new footpath ends at the roundabout, and when people realise this they tend to walk diagonally across the road on their way to the Tennis Centre. This creates a safety hazard that may lead to collision, injury or fatality. We feel there should be adequate signage well before the roundabout advising pedestrians to cross the road and continue to the Tennis Center using the footpath on the southern side of King Arthur Tce. We think that the recently installed pedestrian crossing should be removed, and a new pedestrian crossing installed in a safer location, at the western end of the on-street parking on the southern side of King Arthur Tce.

There is a Shared Zone in Queens Way, which forms part of the spine leading to and from the Yeerongpilly Station. A 50 kph sign has been installed within metres of the 10 kph Shared Zone. This is confusing to motorists and we have observed many vehicles not even slowing down in advance of the Shared Zone. We feel that the signage should be simpler and less confusing to motorists, by reducing the speed limit to 40 kph and removing the 50 kph sign adjacent to the 10 kph Shared Zone.

At the western end of Godiva Ave, the footpath on each side of the road slopes down to the road level, tactile indicators are installed on each side of the road, and there are walking feet signs on each side of the the area that is clearly intended to be a crossing. There are however, no white stripes painted on the road where pedestrians, including those with mobility difficulties, are expected to cross. We believe this area should be upgraded so that it becomes a proper pedestrian crossing.

Your petitioners therefore request the following changes be made to reduce the risk of road safety incidents in and around Yeerongpilly Green:

1. In the section of King Arthur Tce, between Fairfield Road and Bedivere St, where there are two vehicle lanes in each direction, reduce the speed limits from 60 and 70 kph to 50 kph.

2. In the section of King Arthur Tce, between Bedivere St and the roundabout on the eastern side of the Tennis Centre, where there is one vehicle lane in each direction, reduce the speed limit from 60 kph to 40 kph.

3. Remove the existing pedestrian crossing located at the merge on King Arthur Tce. Install a new pedestrian crossing at the western end of the on-street parking on the southern side of King Arthur Tce.

4. Install a sign at this new pedestrian crossing to say “Cross Here For The Tennis Centre”.

5. Remove the 50 kph speed limit sign adjacent to the 10 kph Shared Zone in Queens Way.

6. Reduce the speed limit from 50 kph to 40kph in Queens Way.

7. Install a pedestrian crossing at the western end of Godiva Ave.

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