RACQ lists Brisbane city's worst pedestrian routes

Brisbane CBD’s worst roads for pedestrians have been named and shamed by RACQ as the Club called for better safety investment to protect the city’s walkers.

Brisbane CBD’s worst roads for pedestrians have been named and shamed by RACQ as the Club called for better safety investment to protect the city’s walkers. 

Using AusRAP star ratings and crash risk analysis RACQ has revealed 15 popular roads which were the most dangerous for pedestrians in Brisbane’s CBD, South Brisbane and West End.  

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael told said the most dangerous roads were also some of Brisbane’s busiest for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  

“Anytime we see cars and people interact in the same area, like Ann Street, Adelaide Street, and Edward Street, increases the risk of crashes if there aren’t proper safety measures in place,” Dr Michael said.  

“In South Brisbane, the popular dining and entertainment precinct at Grey Street has had a shocking history with 13 crashes between 2014 and 2018, while Montague Road, with a 50 kilometre per hour speed limit also puts pedestrians at risk.”

Dr Michael said between 2014 and 2018, in Brisbane’s CBD, South Bank, West End and Fortitude Valley, while three pedestrians were killed more than 105 had suffered serious injuries.

“Adelaide Street alone, one of our busiest CBD roads, saw 22 crashes involving pedestrians.

“It is incredibly disturbing as these crashes leave a lasting impact on the individuals, families, and friends either grieving or supporting a loved one through injury.

Dr Michael called on Brisbane City Council to continue to look at interventions at high risk points on the network to make these key roads safer for walkers. 

“Roads with low infrastructure safety ratings including Wickham Street, Gladstone Road, Turbot Street and Montague Road could benefit from crossing improvements and traffic calming methods like pavement textures and kerb upgrades,” she said. 

“But no matter what upgrades are made all road users need to behave sensibly around our roads - pedestrians need to pay close attention to where they’re crossing and drivers need to ensure they’re alert, concentrating on the road and sticking to the speed limit.”

Road

Poor Pedestrian Decimal Star Rating
(< 3 out of 5 stars)

High Collective Pedestrian
Crash Risk

Riverside Terrace, Brisbane CBD

 

Montague Road, West End

 

Peel Street, South Brisbane

 

Ann Street
(City and Fortitude Valley)

 

Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Adelaide St, Brisbane CBD

 

Edward St, Brisbane CBD

 

Gladstone Road, West End

 

Turbot Street, Brisbane CBD

 

Grey Street, South Brisbane

 

Ernest Street, South Brisbane

 

Queen Street, Brisbane CBD

 

Albert Street, Brisbane CBD,

 

Felix Street, Brisbane CBD

 

Makerston Street, Brisbane CBD