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Speed limit on the Kurilpa Bridge for cyclists and e-scooters raised from 10km/h to 20km/h

“Secondly, you actually start to create a hazard yourself as you disrupt the flow as pedestrians are now faster than you and have to essentially walk onto the far right to overtake you.”

A Queensland Transport and Main Roads’ guideline for speed on shared paths says: “a bicycle can become unstable at speeds below 11km/h”.

A spokesman for the Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works department told Brisbane Times changes would begin this month, following an observational study and consultation.

Signs will be updated to reflect the 20km/h speed limit by April 30.

The central three metres of the bridge will be coloured, with “soft segregation” encouraging pedestrians to walk on the outside edges and e-scooter and bike riders in the centre.

The study recommended the speed limit on the Kurilpa Bridge be rescinded, or if it was retained, that it be set at 20km/h to be more consistent with current rider behaviour and the stability of two-wheeled devices that warranted minimum speeds above 10km/h.

The observational study found interactions between bridge users were infrequent, mostly because demand was modest, and it was easy to overtake and give a wide berth.

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Over 126 hours of footage across three sites, there were 111 “interactions”, with the vast majority not appearing disconcerting or uncomfortable.

The current 10km/h limit was almost universally disregarded, with 96 per cent of bicycle and scooter riders at the south end travelling above 10km/h, with the median speed 19.6km/h.

The Goodwill Bridge, also 6.5 metres wide, was raised from 10km/h to 20km/h in 2017 after a similar study.

It is about three times busier than the Kurilpa Bridge, which has not recorded any pedestrian or cyclist crashes since it opened in 2009.

The Goodwill Bridge has markings to indicate pedestrians should walk on the outside and cyclists should travel up the inside.

The Goodwill Bridge has markings to indicate pedestrians should walk on the outside and cyclists should travel up the inside.Credit: Dan Peled

Space 4 Cycling Brisbane spokesman Chris Cox said the decision was a win for common sense.

“As the observational study showed, while nobody complied with the 10km/h speed limit, bike riders, scooter users and pedestrians are all very good at negotiating space and avoiding conflict,” he said.

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Last year, a police spokeswoman said people often thanked officers doing speed enforcement at the two bridges.

“To thank police for undertaking enforcement action and to register their complaints regarding the speed at which some use the shared zone, creating a potential safety hazard,” she said.

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