Community to provide feedback on pedestrian safety hotspots

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today launch a call for residents to provide data about pedestrian safety hotspots, for his citywide pedestrian safety review.

Cr Quirk said Council would ask pedestrians, motorists, public transport users and cyclists to provide information about pedestrian and traffic incidents, to inform locations for new scramble crossings, mid-block signalised pedestrian crossings and a community safety campaign.

“From today Brisbane residents are invited to contribute to a collaborative map to identify the location of near-misses and crashes involving pedestrians in both the CBD and the suburbs,” Cr Quirk said.

“Information from people’s personal experiences on our roads, both as pedestrians and as other road users, will pinpoint the locations where pedestrian safety is being compromised due to either behaviour or design.

“Community-led information will provide valuable insight for Council that will help assess what measures are required to improve public safety and will be used in addition to Queensland Police Service crash data, the Brisbane Metropolitan Traffic Management Centre information and Council’s Transport for Brisbane bus incident data.”

Cr Quirk said Council would be assessing pedestrian behaviour at both intersections and non-crossing locations over the coming month, to determine what infrastructure and behavioural changes could be made to improve pedestrian safety.

“Council will be undertaking video surveillance at three intersections, at Ann and Edward Streets, Adelaide and Edward Streets as well as at Elizabeth and Albert Streets, to review pedestrian, cyclist and motorist behaviour,” he said.

“Additionally, Council will identify the top 20 intersections across Brisbane for pedestrian crashes, and other sites where pedestrian-related incidents are commonly occurring.

“Once Council identifies what the main pedestrian safety issues are, whether it is confusion about when to cross, pedestrian impatience, or motorists failing to adhere to road rules, Council can determine what infrastructure changes should be made.

“We are committed to boosting Brisbane’s walkability, so it remains a great place to live, work and relax.”

Cr Quirk said Council was also investigating best practice pedestrian safety measures from interstate and internationally, with case studies from Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver under review.

Residents can contribute to the pedestrian safety map until August 28, at https://yoursay.brisbane.qld.gov.au/movesafe.