Community Action for a Safer Montague Road
On 20 July 2016, myself and local residents had a meeting at the South Leagues Club where we discussed possible community responses to improve pedestrian safety along Montague Road. Frustrated at the Brisbane City Council’s lack of action, ignoring residents’ complaints, numerous petitions, and my budget submission on this issue, we decided if we wanted to see immediate, tangible improvements to safety on our streets we needed to take action ourselves.
The community campaign seeks to draw the council’s attention to the need for further infrastructure upgrades to help transform Montague Road into a walkable neighbourhood rather than a noisy, congested highway, while implementing temporary DIY measures to improve safety in the meantime.
Wednesday 31 August
Meet around the corner of Victoria St and Montague Rd, West End
Residents of West End will line the edges of Montague Road with signs saying “Slow down” “Watch out for pedestrians” and “40KM zone”. Residents who drive in the area will deliberately drive at 40km/h, and cyclists will assert their right to ride on the road.
The goal is to draw attention to the need for further infrastructure upgrades to help transform Montague Road into a walkable neighbourhood rather than a noisy, congested highway.
Hundreds of residents have raised concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety on and around Montague Road. Many of us want to see traffic calming, pedestrian crossings, build-outs and refuges, and a range of localised solutions to reduce the negative impacts of traffic congestion on side-streets.
But the first and most important change is to reduce the speed limit along Montague Road.
The stretch of Montague Road between Vulture Street and Orleigh Park currently has a speed limit of 60km/h. The current design of the road means that many vehicles travel even faster than that.
A large number of West End residents have decided to launch an ongoing community campaign to make Montague Road safer and lower the speed limit to 40km/h. Further demands will include traffic calming and safe pedestrian crossings (particularly near Victoria Street and the ALDI supermarket).
Please join us on Wednesday afternoon any time between 3:30 and 5:45pm. We’ll congregate around Victoria Street and spread north and south along the road from there. Feel free to bring your own signs and anything else that might help draw attention to the importance of pedestrian safety (e.g. wacky costumes).
If you can’t make it, but you support the cause, the best thing you can do to help is to talk to your friends and neighbours and ask them to drive no faster than 40km/h along Montague Road and surrounding streets.