Cr Sri said it was common for pedestrians to jaywalk in Brisbane because some lights take far too long to change. Picture: AAP/John Gass
Cr Sri said it was common for pedestrians to jaywalk in Brisbane because some lights take far too long to change. Picture: AAP/John Gass

Push for pedestrian crossings to always be green

PEDESTRIAN crossing signals would be green by default under a radical push that would make cars queue at busy Brisbane intersections.

Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri will push for the plan in next week's session of council as the city grapples with pedestrian-related accidents.

Cr Sri said reducing wait times to cross the road was key to making the city safer and more convenient for pedestrians.

He has called on Brisbane City Council to trial permanently green crossing signals during "peak pedestrian periods" that would change only when a car arrived at the intersection.

"It's very common for pedestrians to jaywalk in Brisbane because some lights take far too long to change," Cr Sri said.

Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has been vocal about improving pedestrian safety, seen here leading a blockade in West End highlighting the need for traffic lights at the intersection of Montague Rd and Victoria St. Picture: Liam Kidston
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has been vocal about improving pedestrian safety, seen here leading a blockade in West End highlighting the need for traffic lights at the intersection of Montague Rd and Victoria St. Picture: Liam Kidston

Plans to trial a similar idea in London were announced only last month.

Cr Sri has identified 15 locations to trial the plan, including the northwest side of Elizabeth and Albert streets in the CBD as well as Hardgrave Rd and Vulture St in West End.

Should pedestrian crossings be green unless a car approaches?

This poll ended on 04 September 2018.

Current Results

Yes, it's a great idea

11%

Yes, but not during peak hour

11%

Yes, but we would need a huge education campaign to implement it

4%

No, but it could work in less populated region

16%

No, that's a terrible idea

55%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"At busy times of the day, this encourages people to walk and catch public transport, and reduces traffic congestion by discouraging driving unless absolutely necessary," he said.

"Obviously we need to be guided by advice from transport planners, but we also need to abandon the outdated assumption that cars deserve priority in inner city areas.

"Why should dozens of pedestrians have to wait for just a few cars? It should be the other way around."

He also suggested there were hundreds of crossings in Brisbane that should be "tweaked" so the lights change as soon as a pedestrian presses the button to trigger the crossing signal.

The Courier-Mail revealed earlier this week council plans to spy on jaywalkers as part of a review of pedestrian safety in the city and across the suburbs.

Possible trial locations

  • Pedestrian crossing outside 111 Eagle St, CBD
  • Brunswick St pedestrian crossing outside Fortitude Valley train station entrance
  • Southeast side of the George St-Alice St intersection, CBD
  • Northwest side of Elizabeth and Albert, CBD
  • Northwest side of Adelaide and Edward, CBD
  • Northwest side of Ann and Edward, CBD
  • Albert and Charlotte St, CBD
  • Grey St and Glenelg St, South Brisbane
  • Grey St and Tribune St, South Brisbane
  • Grey St crossing near Vulture St, South Brisbane
  • Hardgrave Rd and Vulture St, West End
  • Slip lane crossing on the south-west corner of the Stanley St and Ipswich Rd intersection, Woolloongabba
  • Slip lane crossing on north-west corner of Vulture St and Wellington Rd intersection, East Brisbane
  • Slip lane crossing on Ann St and Kemp Place, Fortitude Valley
  • Slip lane crossing near Sherwood Rd and High St, Toowong


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