The Brisbane City Council will slash the speed limit on Oxley Road in Corinda, beginning 28 May 2019, to improve pedestrian safety.
The Council has recently identified two locations where speed limits will be reduced from 60 km/h to 40 km/h starting Tuesday 28 May:
- Old Cleveland Road and Logan Road, Stones Corner (between Montague Street and the O’Keefe Street roundabout)
- Oxley Road, Corinda (between Hassall Street and Martindale Street intersections).
The announcement comes after similar speed limit reduction was implemented on Ann Street in the Brisbane CBD last November 2018. Pedestrian scramble crossing was also introduced at the Albert Street and Charlotte Street intersection, and the Albert Street and Mary Street intersection.
Beginning 20 May, variable message signs will notify motorists of the upcoming speed limit changes.
Yet to be finalised is the speed reduction through the intersection of Mains Road and McCullough Street in Sunnybank whilst the construction of a pedestrian crossing on Adelaide Street between Albert and Edward Street is also well underway.
These projects are part of the Citywide Pedestrian Safety Review interim report recommendations announced in September 2018. The Citywide Pedestrian Safety Review is aimed at identifying programs and projects that will help improve pedestrian and road users safety.
Call for separated infrastructure for pedestrians
In response to the Council’s announcement, the State’s peak motoring body — RACQ, called on the Council to consider implementing separated infrastructure for “vulnerable road users and motor vehicles,” in addition to speed reductions.
“Prevention of serious pedestrian incidents by removing the risk is the priority,” Mr Turner said.
“In addition to looking at reduced speed limits in high pedestrian risk areas, we want to see a greater focus on safety measures such as pedestrian fencing and a review of on-street parking which would better separate pedestrians and vehicles.
“Prevention of crashes is better than having them occur at a lower speed. Separation can keep traffic flowing while also protecting pedestrians,” RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said.