(Trois-Rivieres) Citizens of the Pointe-du-Lac sector simply tired of the residential streets become real racing tracks.
For months, citizens find that driver behavior is deteriorating, especially in residential areas, and demanded that measures be taken to improve the situation before a tragedy occurs.
Besides, Facebook groups bringing together citizens from different districts of Pointe-du-Lac, including Dubois Place and the Domain of 30 acres, have often been the subject of discussion and debate in recent weeks.
Residential streets as Du Sentier, Grande-Allee and the Way of the Pointe-du-Lac seem particularly problematic to the point that some people today claim that it lowers the speed limit to 40 km / h, as is in a residential area in some cities elsewhere in Quebec.
“It is not just young people, as some would have us believe, but there are people of all ages who live in the area and traveling at breakneck speeds. The street is an access to the neighborhood street, a little wider, and gives a boulevard effect. But there are children living here, playing outside, and it is a residential area, “says Patrick Beaudry, a resident of the Rue du Sentier.
“There are many years to talk about it but it does not happen much. From a walk on trails, it’s something, “says Jacinthe Dontigny who lives not far away, on rue de la Sabliere. The latter, like Mr. Beaudry, is in favor of incentives to motorists to drive more slowly, especially to lower the limit to 40 km / h in residential areas.
The citizens’ committee Place Dubois, whose Benoît Tremblay, a resident of the area, is part, has already addressed the issue and questioned the councilor of the sector for this purpose. “Here, there are children playing in the street. Above 50 km / h, no braking time to avoid an accident, “says Mr. Tremblay, who fears that the exasperation in the sector of citizens leads to intervene themselves from wrongdoing .
Called to respond to this, the councilman of Pointe-du-Lac, François Bélisle claims to have already suggested to the Traffic Committee of the City of lowering the speed limit to 40 km / h, or at least worth a try on targeted streets to conduct a pilot project to study the impacts, but the request was rejected. It is dedicated for now to make requests to opt for what is called calming traffic on three streets in particular or Du Sentier, Grande-Allee and the Way of the Pointe-du-Lac.
These include obstacles that would be installed in the street, as a small sign in the middle of the road, forcing the same time reducing the track width and therefore, naturally, leads to a speed reduction .
“There are other sectors and it seems to work. We’ll start with that, that are quick fixes and low cost. But I intend to go further to find out why we could not take our chances with the limit to 40 km / h in residential areas, “he says.
For his part, Councillor of St. Martha Daniel Cournoyer, who sits on the traffic committee, believes that lowering the limit would not serve much.
“It was done in Montreal and it has not had the desired effect,” says one who also intend to dwell on solutions such as traffic calming for some streets in its sector where speed problems been reported.
Moreover, as part of the work surrounding the large “Vision 2030” project, the Traffic Committee will have to address the question of transport on the entire territory.
A deeper reflection will be conducted on the whole issue of traffic, especially in residential areas.
Successful experience elsewhere in Quebec
Many cities and counties have already adopted speed down to 40 km / h in residential areas. Among municipalities contacted by Le Nouvelliste, it is clear that the measure has been successful so far.
In the Rosemont / Petite-Patrie in Montreal, residential streets are limited to 40 km / h for a year. The mayor of the place, François William Croteau, sees only the positive.
“For a first year is very successful. There was a significant difference in the average speed. It has been proved by various studies and audits by the police here, “he notes.
Obviously, warns the mayor, this limitation does not prevent isolated cases with delinquent behavior on the road, for which only the police repression will make a difference.
For cons, the population seems to have anchored the regulations, so that the district is in process with the Department of Transportation to extend the measure to the entire network.
Same story in Longueuil, where the measure is effective in residential areas since 2011. Throughout the process of change, citizens have been informed through various information campaigns and citizen consultations, says agent information for the City of Longueuil, Renaud Beauchemin.
“The speed reduction to 40 km / h on residential streets, at the time, went well. This new limit is now well understood by all citizens and road users, who have built their driving habits, “he says.