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Petition for traffic calming in the Misty Morn neighbourhood, Kenmore

Principal Petitioner Alasdair Roff, Kenmore
Date Closed Thu, 01 Feb 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 33 signatures

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'In the interests of the safety of children and pedestrians we, the residents of Misty Morn, petition the Brisbane City Council to explore the potential for Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) in the neighbourhood. Misty Morn consists of a series of relatively low-volume neighbourhood access and local access roads (Kilkivan Ave, Fortrose St, Durness St, Cromarty St, Dumbarton Dr, Foinaven St, Lairg St) off Moggill Road in Kenmore. The quiet neighbourhood of Misty Morn has two children's playgrounds, four parks, a busy music school, coffee shop, and a hairdresser; and provides access for over 1,800 school children who catch the bus or walk to Kenmore State High School. Considering the growing number of children playing in the streets and parks around the neighbourhood, we ask the Council to explore the option of implementing Local Area Traffic Management measures in the neighbourhood, either in the form of speed platforms and/or kerb build-outs, or an extension of the existing 40 km/h school zone in place at Dumbarton Drive.

Most of the streets in the neighbourhood are local access roads with limited through traffic that act as an open space for walking, cycling or children's activities, or low volume neighbourhood access roads, making the area ideally suited for Local Area Traffic Management. Increasingly, non-neighbourhood cars are driving close to the upper speed limit down Kilkivan Street and Fortrose Street. This reduces the amount of time for young children to react quickly enough to move off the street to safety. We believe that the safety of children and the general community of the neighbourhood would be greatly enhanced with the addition of traffic management.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting traffic calming or an extension to the 40 km/h school zone in the Misty Morn neighbourhood, Kenmore.

Traffic calming involves the installation of devices such as speed bumps, platforms and chicanes to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, to discourage non-local traffic such as ‘rat running’ and to moderate vehicle speeds. There is a high demand for traffic calming across the city and Council must prioritise funding to those projects that deliver the greatest benefit in terms of safety and amenity for the wider community.

In order to determine the priority of any works required in the precinct, Council will undertake a traffic survey. If the survey indicates that vehicles are speeding through the area, local traffic improvements will be considered for implementation.

It should be noted that speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service (the Police). Speeding vehicle complaints are able to be mitigated by regular enforcement by the Police and they can be contacted on 13 HOON (13 46 66).

In June 2014, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk established the independent Brisbane Parking Taskforce (the Taskforce) to advise Council how to respond to parking issues and to best manage on-street parking in the future. The Taskforce included representatives from RACQ, P&Cs Queensland, National Retail Association, Multicap, Taxi Council Queensland, Transport Workers Union, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Parking Australia and Council’s Transport for Brisbane, who reviewed more than 1,100 submissions from residents, schools and businesses.

In response to many school traffic and parking‑related issues contained in submissions, the Taskforce recommended that all Brisbane schools develop and implement their own traffic and parking management plan using a template prepared by Council. Using Council’s School Traffic Management Plans (TMP) template offers the benefit of establishing a more consistent approach to parking and traffic management across Brisbane schools, while allowing flexibility for schools to address specific local challenges.

The petitioners’ request to extend the school zone has been noted. As part of completing the TMP, Council will review existing signage around the school and changes to the school zone will be considered as part of this process.

As a result of this investigation, Council will conduct a traffic count to determine the extent of any speeding in the precinct and if further road network improvements are required and will work with the school to complete a TMP and identify opportunities to improve traffic management arrangements in the local area.

Thank you for raising this matter.