Road safety programs
Brisbane City Council is committed to delivering road safety initiatives to make Brisbane’s city and suburban streets safer. This commitment aligns with Council’s new draft Transport Plan for Brisbane – Strategic Directions to implement local safety improvements in residential neighbourhoods, school zones and high pedestrian activity areas.
Learn about Council’s Local Area Traffic Management, Suburban Corridor Modernisation, Local Access Network Improvements, safe roads around schools, pedestrian countdown timers, traffic lights and speed limits.
Local Area Traffic Management
Local Area Traffic Management (LATM), also known as traffic calming, involves installing devices such as speed platforms, roundabouts, traffic islands and kerb build-outs to:
- provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists
- discourage non-local traffic, commonly known as 'rat running', in neighbourhood streets
- moderate vehicle speeds
LATM schemes are normally carried out over an entire area rather than just a single street to ensure that traffic issues are not transferred to other local streets. Usually an LATM area will consist of residential streets bordered by major roads or barriers such as a river or creek.
Local knowledge is vital to Council's assessment of traffic issues. The information local residents provide helps Council to determine priority areas, and if there is support for LATM.
Council will investigate all requests for LATM, however it is helpful to understand the level of support from the local community. This can be displayed in the form of a letter signed by local residents or a petition.
Find out more information about how to lodge a formal petition.
Suburban Corridor Modernisation involves installing devices such as signage, line-markings, traffic islands, pedestrian refuge islands and bike lanes to increase safety for active road users across Brisbane’s suburban road corridors and the surrounding catchments to these roads.
Local Access Network Improvements involves installing devices such as kerb build-outs, pedestrian refuge islands and intersection line-markings to increase safety across Brisbane’s local road network and minor intersections.
Council provides transport-related infrastructure programs to improve safety on the roads around our schools, such as Safe School Travel Infrastructue and Traffic Management Plan Improvements. Safe School Travel Infrastructure is funded on a 50/50 basis with the State Government (Department of Transport and Main Roads).
Pedestrian countdown timers count down the time during the flashing red ‘don’t walk’ signal to advise pedestrians of the remaining time they have to safely finish crossing the road. The two-digit display only lights during the flashing clearance period. Council advises pedestrians to follow safe practices when walking across the road, which includes only leaving the kerb when the green walking person signal is displayed.
Following a successful trial of the countdown timers that resulted in a 60% reduction in pedestrian related incidents, Council has introduced over 400 timers to many crossings across the city and suburbs.
Traffic lights control the flow of traffic and pedestrians to improve safety and access on Brisbane's roads. For information on how traffic lights operate and answers to other common questions, you can download:
To report a traffic light problem, phone Council on 3403 8888.
Co-ordination of traffic lights
Council has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government to cooperatively manage traffic signal coordination at 40 major intersections across Brisbane.
The intersections are coordinated to ensure that the number of stops and delays to motorists are minimised regardless of which agency owns the road and traffic signals.
Of these 40 priority intersections, control for 12 intersections are managed by Council and 28 are managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). The rollout for this agreement was finalised in January 2013.
The intersections included are:
Road types and speed limits fact sheets
For different road types and speed limits information download:
- Road hierarchy map (PDF - 8.25MB)
- Road classification fact sheet (PDF - 533kb)
- Speed limit fact sheet (PDF - 725kb)
CBD speed limit
The CBD speed limit is 40 kilometres per hour. This excludes Ann and Turbot Streets which are 60 kilometres per hour ensuring traffic flows more efficiently.
CBD 40 kilometre per hour zone map
View CBD 40 Kilometres per hour zone in a larger map
Download the CBD map showing the streets where the 40 kilometres per hour speed limit applies:
Streets included in the CBD 40 kilometre per hour zone
- Makerston Street - whole street
- Herschel Street - whole street
- Tank Street - whole street
- Roma Street - between Markerston Street and Turbot Street
- Adelaide Street - between North Quay and Queen Street
- Queen Street - between Edward Street and Adelaide Street (includes the Queen Street Mall)
- Elizabeth Street - whole street
- Charlotte Street - whole street
- Mary Street - whole street
- Margaret Street - whole street
- Alice Street - whole street
- North Quay - between Tank Street and Elizabeth Street
- William Street - whole street
- George Street - whole street
- Albert Street - between Alice Street and Elizabeth Street
- Edward Street - between Turbot Street and Alice Street
- Felix Street - whole street
- Creek Street - between Eagle Street and Turbot Street
- Eagle Street - whole street
- Wharf Street - between Queen Street and Turbot Street