Montreal proposes 22 measures to better protect pedestrians and cyclists

Montréal propose 22 mesures pour mieux protéger les piétons et les cyclistes

Photo: Michaël Monnier Duty
The approach to Vision zero, recommends the implementation of measures to protect the most vulnerable of the road, pedestrians and cyclists.

The assessment of the road safety has improved on the island of Montreal over the last decade, but the City believes it can do better. Administration, Plant account, inter alia, reducing to 40 km/hour speed on the arteries issues, review the map of trucking and improve the crossing pedestrian.

The approach to Vision zero, adopted under the authority of Denis Coderre, advocates the introduction of measures to protect the most vulnerable of the road, pedestrians and cyclists. This concept, developed in Sweden, states that any death or serious injury on the roads is unacceptable.

The action plan unveiled on Monday by the mayor Plant provides 22 actions that will be implemented over the next few years in order to reduce the number of collisions on the road. Montreal will focus on three elements : the weight is heavy, the crossing of the streets and the speed.

Some say the Vision zero is a pipe dream, but from the point of view of ethics, it is the only reasonable target

— Éric Alan Caldwell

Thus, the City will hire 7 additional people for the team of the programme Vision zero. This group will have the task of analysing, in collaboration with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and the coroner’s Office, the locations where collisions are occurring and to propose amendments in order to avoid the repeat of unfortunate events. “We don’t want to redo the streets to the same,” stressed the mayor.

The trucks in the crosshairs

Among the measures proposed, Montréal intends, in particular, provide lights, pedestrian countdown all intersections with traffic lights. It will reduce to 40 km/h speed on the arteries where issues of security for the most vulnerable have been observed.

The trucks are also in the crosshairs of the administration, which intends to review the map of trucking to the scale of the agglomeration in 2021. It will also require the providers of the City that they have their heavy-duty vehicles lateral bars of protection. “But it speaks to the government of Québec and Canada to ensure that all trucks in Montreal and across the province, have bars on the side. It is a relatively inexpensive that could save lives, ” explained the mayor.

The City also plans to put in place a security program in the vicinity of schools to improve the lighting under the viaducts and even increase the size of the plates of street names, to make them more visible, if it finds the conclusion of the pilot project in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Between 2006 and 2017, the number of deaths and serious injuries on the territory of the agglomeration is increased from 530 to 212. On average, 14 pedestrians die each year.

“Some say the Vision zero is a pipe dream, but from the point of view of ethics, it is the only reasonable target,” said Éric Alan Caldwell, head of the transportation within the administrative Plant.

Thirty organizations were consulted in the development of this plan. Among them, CAA-Quebec, the Quebec trucking Association, Pedestrians Québec, Vélo Québec and the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.

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