Greenslopes among Brisbane’s Most Dangerous Walking and Cycling Suburbs

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According to Brisbane City Council’s Move Safe Brisbane Citywide Pedestrian Safety Review, Greenslopes is one of the top 10 most dangerous suburbs for walking and cycling.

In a move to keep Brisbane roads safer, BCC conducted a citywide pedestrian safety review to identify programs and projects that will help improve safety for pedestrians. As part of the review, the Council held a public consultation from 31 July 2018 to 28 August 2018 where they gathered feedback from the community concerning road safety issues.

Brisbane pedestrians identified the following road safety issues during the consultation:

  • No safe place to cross
  • Cars travel too fast
  • Drivers turn across the crossing
  • Waiting too long for green walk signal
  • Should be separate path from bicycles
  • Don’t feel safe walking here after dark
  • Too many drivers on mobile phones
  • No street lighting

On the other hand, cyclists have identified the following concerns:

  • Cars travel too close or fast
  • No safe cycle facilities
  • Path should be separate from cars
  • No safe and convenient crossing facilities
  • Bike facility is too narrow
  • Path should be separate from pedestrians
  • No bikeway lighting
  • No safe place to leave my bike

Based on the feedback that BCC received, the following suburbs had the most number of negative responses:

Pedestrian Top 10 Cycling Top 10
Brisbane City (CBD) Brisbane City (CBD)
South Brisbane South Brisbane
Woolloongabba Toowong
Greenslopes Woolloongabba
Indooroopilly Dutton Park
Fortitude Valley Indooroopilly
Graceville Greenslopes
West End West End
Annerley Bowen Hills
Morningside St Lucia

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Final Report Outcomes and Recommendations

BCC recommends reducing speed limits at Old Cleveland Road and Logan Road, Stones Corner (between Montague Street and the O’Keefe Street roundabout). Photo credit: Google Maps

Apart from the results of the public notification, BCC also gathered input from the Queensland Police Service’s crash data, pedestrian and traffic counts, and traffic speed data.

According to the final report, there is an alarming increase in the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Queensland. From 1 January 2018 to 18 November 2018, there were 28 pedestrian fatalities which are significantly higher when compared with fatalities of 18 (in 2013), 19 (in 2014), and 18 (in 2015) at the same time of year.

For Brisbane LGA alone, seven people were killed in pedestrian crashes from 1 January to 20 November 2018. Prompted by these road safety data trends, the Council came up with nine pedestrian safety outcomes and 31 recommended projects.

As included in their recommendations, Council will be investigating speed limit reduction at Old Cleveland Road and Logan Road, Stones Corner (between Montague Street and the O’Keefe Street roundabout) by early 2019.

They will also investigate the Senior Citizens’ Safety Zone at Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner by mid-2019.

Read more outcomes and recommendations on the Move Safe Brisbane – Pedestrian Safety Review page.