RACQ welcomes new Cairns safety measure

The State’s peak motoring body has backed a speed limit drop in Cairns, after a new study revealed the city had the most dangerous CBD in Queensland for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The Cairns Post reported Cairns Regional Council would today decide whether to drop the speed limit to 40km/h in the inner city, after new Department of Transport and Main Roads analysis found there were 171 crashes causing death, injury or requiring medical attention in the past five years.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club supported the recommendation to drop the CBD speed limit as it would better protect not only motorists, but vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

“Abbott and Aplin streets are the two worst 50km/h streets for fatal and serious crashes in Queensland, and for pedestrian and cyclist crashes, Spence and Abbott streets were named as the second and third most dangerous CBD streets,” Ms Ross said.

“Cairns CBD also has eight out of the top 20 worst 50km/h roads for pedestrian and cyclist crashes in regional Queensland.”

Ms Ross said speed limit signs should be highly visible on streets throughout the CBD area and accompanied by clear pavement markings at major entry points.

“Cairns is a tourism hotspot, and those on holiday may not always be keeping safety top of mind which can be particularly dangerous especially if they’re pedestrians or cyclists,” she said.

“While we’d prefer a crash not to occur in the first place – just like its efficacy in Brisbane’s CBD, a lower speed limit will reduce the risk and severity of the crash.”