Brisbane City Council is upgrading the notorious Indooroopilly roundabout, which can be confusing, dangerous and hostile to cyclists and pedestrians. I support making it safer and I’m glad Council is progressing this upgrade.
Unfortunately, I believe Council’s two proposed options are far too narrow and don’t prioritise public transport, walking and cycling. I also don’t believe Council is offering our community enough input.
On 15 October 2019 I wrote to Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner calling for better consultation and some specific improvements to the two options. You can read my letter to the Lord Mayor here.
On 30 October 2019 I wrote to local residents letting them know about some issues with the upgrade, and encouraging them to have their say. You can read my letter to local residents here.
I am calling for:
- Better pedestrian connectivity to help kids safely walk to school, helping older residents get around, and to make a more liveable Indooroopilly. Both of Council's proposed options include multiple lengthy road crossings and lack pedestrian connectivity at Keating St.
- Dedicated bus priority lanes on Moggill Rd to get the 444, 435, 430, 450 buses and others moving faster. Council should be planning for dedicated bus lanes in this upgrade, even though other sections of the Moggill Rd corridor may not get them for some years.
- Physically separated, low-stress, bike lanes suitable for all ages and abilities. Both of Council’s two options fail to do this, with unprotected on-street bike lanes and dangerous conflict points with cars.
My final concern is with the way Council is running the consultation. This is not a simple either/or project. I believe that consultation should occur before options are developed so that Council’s designs are informed by the community’s views, not simply tweaked to fit as an afterthought.
You can also read the Lord Mayor's response to my letter, dated 13 November 2019 is here. Unfortunately the Lord Mayor took the opportunity to make some uncharitable jabs at me, but did not respond to my requests for bus lanes, appropriate safe bike lanes or better pedestrian connectivity. I will be waiting for Council's updated designs in 2020.
The Moggill Rd / Coonan St intersection is on the BCC road network. Moggill Rd becomes a State-controlled road west of the Centenary Motorway.