Safer cyclists Sandy Creek Park

Principal Petitioner Amanda Skeen, Tarragindi
Date Closed Fri, 18 Oct 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 5 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Councillor Krista Adams the section of road parallel to 1 Lana Street, Tarragindi, that leads down to Sandy Creek Park. This section of road has high traffic to the park and is also a busy area for cyclists. Cars and bikes are at risk due to speed at which cars come around the corner and bikes go down the hill towards the park.

Your petitioners therefore request a traffic calmer is created at the top of the little rise to slow cars and cyclists coming around the corner to go down the hill to make the area safer for all. A lot of children play in the dead end section of road near the park.

Council response

Your request for a traffic calming device has been noted. Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed platforms and chicanes to discourage use from non local traffic and to moderate vehicle speeds, providing a safer environment for all road users. 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.

Traffic calming is generally installed as a scheme across several streets to stop traffic being diverted to parallel streets and is not specifically installed to address speeding or as individual devices. In addition, traffic calming on a dead-end road would be a low priority and there are technical difficulties involved with placing traffic calming devices on roads with an incline. These include water run-off and drainage issues, and the device being a potential hazard which may cause a vehicle to lose control and run off the road.

Given the configuration of the local road network, it is considered that most vehicles travelling on Lana Street are residents or visitors accessing local destinations and there would be no reason for high volumes of non-local traffic. As vehicles in this area would be considered local traffic and due to the technical issues with installing traffic calming on an incline, Council has no plans to install a traffic calming device on Lana Street.

It is noted that the section of Vinray Street which leads to the local park is only 70 metres long from its intersection with Lana Street and it is unlikely that vehicles would be able to reach high speeds in such a short distance. However, speeding and reckless driving are primarily behavioural issues best handled by enforcement of the Queensland Road Rules by the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Speeding vehicle complaints, including reckless cycling behaviour, can be mitigated by regular enforcement by the QPS and they can be contacted via the Policelink service on 131 444.