Peak hour clearway on Kedron Brook Road for cyclist safety.

Principal Petitioner Stephen Amos, Stafford Heights
Date Closed Fri, 03 Nov 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 285 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the hostile nature of Kedron Brook Road to the needs of an increasing number of people riding bikes. Kedron Brook Road is the connector between the CBD and the bike path along Kedron Brook. From Kedron Brook riders can access many local suburbs in safety. However, the large volume of traffic and hostile cycling conditions on Kedron Brook Road is a significant barrier facing residents who wish to access the CBD by bicycle. The footpath is narrow and is used for café dining so is not practicable for use by bicycle riders. Car parking on Kedron Brook Road occupies the road shoulder and forces cyclists to either ride in the lane or next to parked cars where doors being opened is a significant risk. This causes contention between motorists transiting the area and the safety of bicycle riders. While there are alternative routes, these all have their own hazards and are significantly longer than the direct Kedron Brook Road which is a further disincentive to active travel. Kedron Brook Road is nominated by Council as a principal cycling route and is the most direct path for the many residents of the Grange, Newmarket, Stafford, Gordon Park, as well as other northern suburbs. Currently more cyclists use Kedron Brook Road each day than all the other northern BCC cycling routes combined. The worst times for this contention are the week day peak hours, and the road presents little problems outside this time.

This petition therefore requests that Kedron Brook Road have a full length bi-directional peak hour clearway installed. This would mean that there would be no parking going South between 7 and 9am Monday to Friday, and no parking northbound between 4 and 7pm Monday to Friday. This would enable people to ride safely on the shoulder of the road without having to occupy the traffic lane to avoid parked cars and opening doors, while retaining parking for motorists on the other side of the road, as well as all the existing parking in sidestreets. BCC has successfully implemented these clearways on Sylvan Road and Annerley Road, where it has stated the following:

"As part of Council's commitment to improving cyclist safety on Annerley Road, a 12-month trial of peak hour bike lanes was conducted to provide a safer environment for cyclists along this route during busy periods. The project aimed to better balance the needs of cyclists, businesses and other road users by restricting parking when cycle use is at its highest." The petitioners see this providing a significant safety and amenity benefit to people trying to access the CBD by bicycle from the north, while acknowledging and minimising the impact on motorists who wish to park along this road.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council install a full-length bi-directional peak hour clearway on Kedron Brook Road, Wilston.

Council acknowledges the importance of Kedron Brook Road as one of the busiest on-road cycle routes on the northside. The road connects the Kedron Brook and Enoggera Creek Bikeways and provides the main commuter cycling corridor for many northside cyclists travelling to the CBD.

The petitioners’ comments about the hazard of parked cars to cyclists have been noted. Council works very hard to balance parking across the city to meet the needs of all road users. Due to the number of commercial properties through the middle section of Kedron Brook Road, the on-street parking provisions are regularly used and relied on for the businesses within the centre. The petitioners’ request to introduce peak hour bike lanes along Kedron Brook Road may enhance the road for cyclists by providing a designated space during peak hours, but could also restrict access to local businesses and residential properties by motorists.

The petitioners’ comment about the trial of peak hour cycle lanes in other locations across Brisbane has also been noted. When considering any project, local conditions determine the appropriate design and further investigation is required to determine if peak hour bike lanes would suit Kedron Brook Road.

In response to these petitions, Council intends to carry out an investigation of potential cycling upgrades on Kedron Brook Road and a network investigation of other north-south cycling opportunities in the area, noting that there are no plans to diminish the significance of Kedron Brook Road in Brisbane’s cycle network. This investigation will include:

- surveys and analysis of current bicycle, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic volumes and on-street parking capacity on Kedron Brook Road

- analysis of Queensland Government road crash data

- a network assessment of north-south cycling routes in the area and the potential for improvements to adjacent corridors.

 This investigation will be concluded and a summary provided by the end of 2018.

Council also continues to assess and enhance bicycle network opportunities for this area and across the city and is currently developing a new Active Transport Network Plan for Brisbane that will replace the Bicycle network overlay in Brisbane City Plan 2014.