Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Upgrade bus shelters to provide adequate shade to prevent against sun damage

Principal Petitioner Bronte Hearn, Greenslopes
Date Closed Thu, 01 Feb 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 38 signatures

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Bus shelters around Brisbane do not provide people with adequate protection from the sun while waiting for the bus. Many of the current bus shelters do not provide a place for people to wait out of the sun. The roofs over many shelters do not stop sun penetration. With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70, this issue is of critical importance to protect the health and wellbeing of the community. Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia, with the majority of skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun. Skin damage from the sun can occur within 10 minutes of exposure, which is the amount of time many spend waiting for the bus.

Your petitioners therefore request that bus shelters around Brisbane be upgraded urgently to provide adequate shade.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting bus shelters around Brisbane be upgraded urgently to provide adequate shade.

Council is committed to delivering Australia’s most modern public and active transport for all residents and visitors to enjoy, including the Brisbane Metro. World-class public transport means more buses for the suburbs, fewer cars on the road and quicker, more comfortable trips.

Council manages approximately 6,500 bus stops across Brisbane. As part of a four‑year rolling program, Council is upgrading a number of bus stops with the aim to make public transport accessible to all people of all abilities in line with the standards defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. There is a high demand for bus infrastructure and each year Council works to prioritise locations across the city that will deliver the greatest benefits in terms of safety and amenity.

Your feedback about existing bus shelters has been noted. Council’s bus stop designs are based on standard design drawings and Council is reviewing the suite of standard drawings to provide improvements to shelter, comfort and amenity of public transport patrons. Your comments have been referred to Council’s Transport Planning and Strategy, Brisbane Infrastructure, for consideration as part of this process. It is important to note that changes to the overhead structure of bus shelters must be carefully considered to ensure they provide adequate shelter from weather but also do not protrude onto the roadway or block the footpath or nature strip, causing potential safety issues.

It is also understood that during peak travel times in the morning and afternoon, the angle of the sun means that it is not always possible to provide shade for waiting commuters. This is not a problem unique to Brisbane and cities around the world face similar challenges. The risk of sun damage in Brisbane’s climate is acknowledged, however, specific concerns about the risk of sun damage or any conditions resulting from it should be referred to Queensland Health as the responsible authority. Queensland Health can be contacted on 13 74 68 or via their website at www.qld.gov.au/contact-us.

Thank you for raising this matter.