What are the safety issues at Dornoch Terrace?

Over the past five years, Dornoch Terrace has been identified as an area with a high rate of crashes, with 33 recorded accidents, 27 of which involved cyclists. 

Steep terrain, varying travel speeds and sightline issues, combined with the constraints of the road reserve, create safety concerns on Dornoch Terrace for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Council takes safety very seriously and this project aims to: 
  • reduce the speed of motorists and cyclists 
  • address safety concerns caused by turning vehicles
  • improve pedestrian crossing points.

Why are upgraded bike lanes being proposed?

There are currently sections of on-road bike lanes on Dornoch Terrace, as well as Bicycle Awareness Zone markings along the road shoulder. The Dornoch Terrace safety improvement project proposes bike lanes on both sides of the road for 1.2km, from Gladstone Road to Doris Street. This would create a dedicated safe space for bicycles, separate from the road space used by motorists.

Currently, less experienced cyclists may be deterred from riding on Dornoch Terrace due to the constrained nature of the road and lack of continuous cycle facilities. The footpath either side of the road does not provide efficient access or capacity for shared use.

Why is Dornoch Terrace a key cycling route?

Brisbane has an extensive and growing network of bikeways. Dornoch Terrace to Riverside Drive is a primary cycle route and is used by recreational, long range commuter and local commuter cyclists. It is an important connection between the Gladstone Road bicycle lanes and Riverside Drive, and an important connection to the CBD via the Go Between Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge, and the University of Queensland via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. 

Dornoch Terrace also provides a connection for cyclists travelling to a number of district destinations in Highgate Hill and West End, including schools, parks, restaurants and community facilities. 

Why does the concept design not include a separated cycle path?

The concept design includes dedicated on-road bike lanes on each side of Dornoch Terrace. Physical barriers via concrete medians are proposed at key locations but are not feasible for the entire length of Dornoch Terrace within the current road constraints.
 
Construction of a separated cycle path would require road widening. Impacts most commonly associated with road widenings are land resumptions and tree removals.

Why are car parking spaces proposed to be removed?

The concept design proposes to remove 115 car parking spaces along the length of Dornoch Terrace. This is to accommodate the proposed intersection modifications, local area traffic management devices and the installation of dedicated bike lanes within the current width of the road corridor. 

To achieve the safety improvements proposed without removing car parks, would require road widening. Impacts most commonly associated with road widenings are land resumptions and tree removals.

Why are bus stops proposed to be removed?

There are ten bus stops located along 1.2km of Dornoch Terrace, servicing the 192 and 198 bus routes. The concept design for the Dornoch Terrace safety improvement project proposes removing three bus stops and relocating another to provide a safer environment for cycling.

On sections of the road, sightlines around corners combined with downhill cycle speeds make the current location of some bus stops less than ideal. Due to restricted availability of replacement sites, some permanent closures are proposed. 

Changes to bus stops include:

  • permanent removal of bus stop 17 outbound on Dornoch Terrace at Doris Street
  • permanent removal of bus stop 18 outbound on Dornoch Terrace at Katrine Street
  • permanent removal of bus stop 18 inbound on Dornoch Terrace at Katrine Street
  • relocation of bus stop 20 inbound on Dornoch Terrace near Sankey Street.
All other bus stops along Dornoch Terrace will remain and continue to service the local area.

Which trees are proposed to be removed?

Council has identified two trees and some vegetation that is required to be removed to facilitate the concept design. 

One street tree on Dornoch Terrace near Gladstone Road has been identified for removal to facilitate the proposed slip lane changes.

Another tree on the western side of Dornoch Terrace at the intersection of Hampstead Road has been identified as requiring removal to install a signalised pedestrian crossing.

Offset planting will be undertaken in accordance with Council policies and relevant environmental guidelines.

What is the ‘shared space’?

The concept design proposes a reduced-speed shared space for cyclists and vehicles along Dornoch Terrace, between Doris Street, Ganges Street and Hardgrave Road. 

This shared space will feature distinctive road markings, an extended raised speed platform and will have a reduced speed limit of 30 km/hr.

Creating a shared space on the road for vehicles and cyclists (rather than dedicated lanes) means the majority of existing on-road car parking will be retained at this location. The shared space will also slow down traffic and enhance the amenity of the precinct. 

What stage is the project at?

The Dornoch Terrace safety improvement project is open for community consultation until 25 October 2019. Council invites you to have your say by completing a survey.

What will Council do with feedback received?

Council wants to understand the community’s views on the proposed concept design. Feedback from the community will be used to inform future planning and next steps.

Project impacts

Car park removals

The concept design proposes to remove a total of 115 car parking spaces along Dornoch Terrace, between Gladstone Road and Hardgrave Road.

Council works hard to balance the needs of the community and where possible, has maintained on-street car parking spaces, including around the Hardgrave Road/Dornoch Terrace precinct.

Vegetation removal

Council has identified two trees and some vegetation that is required to be removed to facilitate the concept design.

Offset planting will be undertaken in accordance with Council policies and relevant environmental guidelines. 

Bus stop changes

To provide a safer environment for cycling, a number of changes are proposed to bus stops along Dornoch Terrace. On sections of the road, sightlines around corners and downhill cycle speeds make the current location of some bus stops less than ideal. Due to restricted availability of replacement sites, some permanent closures are proposed. 

Changes to bus stops include:
  • permanent removal of bus stop 17 outbound on Dornoch Terrace at Doris Street
  • permanent removal of bus stop 18 outbound on Dornoch Terrace at Katrine Street
  • permanent removal of bus stop 18 inbound on Dornoch Terrace at Katrine Street
  • relocation of bus stop 20 inbound on Dornoch Terrace near Sankey Street.
All other bus stops along Dornoch Terrace will remain and continue to service the local area.