A Redland Bay resident has started a petition to improve road safety measures along Broadwater Terrace, citing fears for pedestrian safety.
Ray Farr said he had spent the past five years urging Redland City Council to enhance safety on the popular Redland Bay road.
Mr Farr said there were many vehicles exceeding the 60km/h speed limit due to multiple developments on Broadwater Terrace such as apartment complexes, a supermarket and a retirement village.
“If you watched the road for 30 minutes, you would get the message well and truly that these drivers are not worried about road safety,” he said.
Mr Farr said he wanted a marked crossing for pedestrians, mobility-impaired elderly and school children.
“The main concern is there is no pedestrian crossing from one side to the other of Broadwater Terrace and pedestrians are having to give way to the traffic,” he said.
“It’s a risk to life and limb.”
He said that he would watch groups of children run across the road as they were catching the bus to and from school.
“Every afternoon and morning you can see the kids run across the road instead of waiting for traffic,” Mr Farr said.
“You also have the elderly who mostly occupy the nearby unit complexes.”
Mr Farr said after many unsuccessful appeals to the council, he had resorted to launching a petition which currently has over 200 signatures.
“There is no protection, or any road safety measures for anyone in the area,” he said.
“If there is no reduction in the speed limit and an adequate warning for pedestrians about to cross, someone is going to be badly hurt.”
A council spokesman said council was aware of residents’ concerns regarding Broadwater Terrace and had been working on a solution.
“Council will table a report at the next meeting of the local Regional Roads and Transport Group, which consists of officers from council, state government and Queensland Police, suggesting the speed limit on this section of Broadwater Terrace be reduced to 50km/hr.”
A council spokesman said if the report was endorsed by the group, council could then proceed with designing and installing a pedestrian crossing.