Blanket CBD slow down not necessary: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has urged councillors to slow down on a proposed plan to reduce the speed limit from 40km/h to 30km/h.

Courier Mail reported Labor councillors would call for a trial of 30km/h speed limits on all CBD streets where the speed limit was currently 40km/h.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club would not support a blanket reduction in the CBD network but said lower speed limits could be considered on a case by case basis.

“Places where this may work are streets where there is high pedestrian and cyclist activity and speed limit changes are typically supported by streetscape changes,” Dr Michael said.

“It’s already rare for motorists to be able to cruise at speeds close to the 40km/h limit for extended periods of time due to traffic volumes and the number of intersections in the city.”

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It was also reported Lord Mayor Graham Quirk revealed Brisbane City Council would begin a citywide pedestrian safety review, which would consider changes to speed limits.

“We have recently seen a spike in the number of pedestrian incidents and this is clearly an issue that requires urgent attention,” Cr Quirk said.

Dr Michael said RACQ would support the review but said it was important pedestrians took responsibility for their safety when moving around the city.

“We encourage all road users to take extra care in congested and multi-use areas of the city like the CBD. That includes pedestrians, who need to be attentive when crossing the road and obey pedestrian crossing signals,” she said.

“If a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the lower the impact speed is, the more likely it is that the crash will be survivable for the pedestrian. However, even at low speeds a vehicle can cause injury to pedestrians due to its mass, so we should focus on reducing the risk of a collision occurring.”

Dr Michael said the Club would encourage council to consider reducing the speed limit of Ann and Turbot street from 60km/h to 50 km/h.