Slower speed doesn't go far enough

A plan to lower a speed limit on a major Brisbane road would not go far enough to prevent crashes with pedestrians and cyclists according to RACQ, as the Club again called for Brisbane City Council (BCC) to release more detail on improvements planned for the notorious stretch.

Brisbane Times reported the dangerous stretch of road from Ipswich Road through Annerley Junction could be reduced from 60 kilometres per hour (km/h) to 40km/h after Brisbane City Council unanimously agreed to refer it to the joint State and Council speed management committee.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael admitted it was a complex and risky road environment. 

“We’re talking about a dangerous mix of shops, pedestrians, cyclists and multiple lanes of traffic that requires a comprehensive safety strategy including speed limit reductions as well as other infrastructure improvements,” Dr Michael said. 

“We want to stop the crashes from happening in the first place, not just see them happening at a slightly lower speed. We want separated infrastructure solutions so vulnerable road users aren’t interacting in the same space as cars and trucks in an unsafe manner. 

“We’d like to see Council improve cycling infrastructure, review on-street parking and look at installing pedestrian fencing to ensure people are crossing at the lights where it’s safe.” 

Dr Michael said the Club was willing to work with Council to develop their plan. 

“While we had limited early consultation on Council’s ‘Move Safe’ Brisbane plan, we look forward to engaging with BCC further on these safety issues and how they can best be addressed beyond simply dropping the speed limit.”