New city road crossing after nine pedestrians hit in five years

“Why not look at having a trial there as a way of improving safety in the city.”

The council has been trying to reduce crash rates in the CBD for more than 10 years.

A bus driver — whose name has been withheld — recently said “near misses” were common as Adelaide Street pedestrians walked out in front of buses.

“It does not matter what the speed limit is, the way pedestrians just walk out in front of traffic whilst chatting/on phone or just generally in a rush,” he wrote, on Facebook.

«I am surprised this does not happen a lot more in city especially in Adelaide Street.

“I am a bus driver and have near misses up this street everyday!!”.

C Griffiths said Brisbane City Council had acted too slowly.

“It is crazy to wait for a fatality,” he said.

“I think there has definitely been the need for an extra pedestrian crossing in Adelaide Street.

On Monday, BCC’s infrastructure chairwoman, Cr Amanda Cooper, said Labor’s policy on inner-city speed limits was “all over the place».

“Council’s opposition leader has previously been quoted saying 30km/h is ‘ridiculously low and virtually impossible for motorists to comply with’, while (Transport and Main Roads) Minister (Mark) Bailey agrees the current CBD speed limits are appropriate,” Cr Cooper said.

There have been a string of accidents in the inner-city recently.

A woman was killed in nearby Ann Street in May 2018, while a second woman suffered a serious leg injury when she was struck by a bus on Adelaide Street in June.

On April 13 this year, a driver allegedly more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit hit three 18-year-old pedestrians as they crossed Adelaide Street into King George Square. The three pedestrians were taken to hospital and the driver charged with drink driving and unlicensed driving.

Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads department in August 2018 began a public awareness campaign for pedestrians.

As he launched the «Be Aware — Cross with Care» campaign, where people wearing billboards walked through Brisbane’s CBD in peak periods, Mr Bailey said many pedestrians were distracted by their smartphones.

Cr Cooper said the new mid-block pedestrian crossing in Adelaide Street was part of a mix of safety changes being put in place.

She said pedestrian safety along Adelaide Street, between Edward and Albert streets, was raised 35 times through Brisbane City Council’s Move Safe Brisbane survey, which led to the installation of two new go-slow zones installed in Corinda and Stones Corner.

Buses, cars and pedestrians jostle for position on Adelaide Street in Brisbane's CBD.

Buses, cars and pedestrians jostle for position on Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD.Credit:Tony Moore

“Nine pedestrian-related incidents, including one fatality, occurred in the vicinity of this new intersection over a five-year period and the completion of this upgrade in the coming months will help make it safer for the thousands of pedestrians who use Adelaide Street every year,” she said.

Cr Cooper said jaywalking and crossing the road when the traffic lights were flashing red remained common in Adelaide Street.

“During a seven-day survey of pedestrian movements through the CBD, 35 per cent of pedestrians using the Adelaide Street and Edward Street intersection crossed the road illegally on a flashing red signal,” she said.

Tony Moore is a senior reporter at the Brisbane Times

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