We were contacted by Councillor Helen Abrahams to provide feedback on plans to reconfigure the intersection of O’Keefe St and Carl St, Woolloongabba. This area provides a link in a major cycle route – the Pacific Motorway Veloway – which is the primary commuter connection from Brisbane’s southern suburbs to the CBD. The area is also a key link connecting from the southern and eastern suburbs through to the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the University of Queensland.
Representatives from EaST BUG and the newly formed West BUG collaborated to produce the response below. In particular, we stressed that people riding bikes on what is effectively a major arterial route should be accorded priority over traffic turning into and out of minor side streets such as Carl St. As such, the only acceptable configuration is a priority intersection treatment for users of the shared path on the southern side of O’Keefe St. According to best practice, this should be a raised priority crossing in accordance with Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Technical Note 128.
- Letter from EaST BUG and West BUG (28 October 2015)