Reducing speed limits around hospitals only part of the solution

The State’s peak motoring body has supported Brisbane City Council’s (BCC) plan to lower speed limits around hospitals but said it was only part of the solution to improving safety.

The Courier Mail reported approximately 50 hospitals across the city would be asked to develop ‘move safe’ plans in a bid to bolster safety measures for vulnerable road users, like pedestrians, around busy traffic precincts.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said a range of factors needed to be considered in addition to reducing speed limits.

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“Slashing the speed limit reduces the risk of incidents between pedestrians and vehicles but doesn’t remove it completely,” Dr Michael said.

“That’s why we want BCC to consider other solutions to provide greater separation between cars, cyclists and pedestrians like installing fencing, reviewing on-street parking and upgrading crossings.

“It’s also important any upgrades maintain capacity so traffic can keep moving around these areas. Hospitals are busy places, but they’re also used by some of our most vulnerable road users, so it’s important this decision is considered more broadly to best improve safety for everyone.”