Valérie Plante is committed to make Montreal’s intersections more secure without waiting for deaths to occur

Montreal - October 2nd, 2017

In brief

Projet Montréal has been working for years to make Vision Zero a reality by securing streets in Montreal. Meanwhile, the outgoing administration imposed minimum collisions quotas that must be reached to change traffic lights. Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring mayor of Montreal, is committed to eliminate this unreasonable criterion. Vision Zero implies the necessity for additional pedestrian lights, bicycle lights and priority lights. Projet Montréal will secure Montreal intersections without waiting for death or serious injuries to occur.

Highlights

• Unlike the outgoing administration, Projet Montréal is committed to secure our intersections without waiting for deaths and serious injuries to occur.
• In September 2016, the outgoing administration informed all boroughs that traffic lights modification requests would be evaluated based on the number of bicycle and pedestrian collisions that occurred at the intersection.
• The following quotas will be abolished:

  • For a bicycle light at an intersection where a bike path crosses a street, a minimum of two collisions must have occurred in three years.
  • For a priority area for pedestrians before an allowed left-turn for cars, at least four collisions must have occurred in one year.
  • To obtain a new pedestrian light, the boroughs must prove that three or more collisions involving a pedestrian occurred at the intersection in question for three consecutive years.

• The outgoing administration also used this unreasonable criterion to refuse the addition of a pedestrian light at the corner of Rachel St. East and Préfontaine St., despite a request from the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough. Another request by Projet Montréal elected officials for the installation of a priority area for pedestrians at the intersection of Saint-Michel and Rosemont boulevards was also rejected by the outgoing administration. Finally, the demanded lights for the bike path that crosses the streets of de la Roche and Jean-Talon, in Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, has still not been added.

• Projet Montréal is committed to secure dangerous intersections as soon as a request is made, without waiting for a collision to occur.

Quotes

"It is absolutely inconceivable that the boroughs of Montreal must keep a record of serious injuries and deaths that occur at intersections before obtaining the signal changes they demand. Following the logic of the outgoing administration, it would be necessary to wait for a minimum of 5,000 deaths or serious injuries to secure all 2,500 intersections ruled by traffic lights in Montreal. This is not serious. No death or serious injury is acceptable. Projet Montréal will work tirelessly to achieve the objectives of the Vision Zero and secure the intersections as soon as the need arises. - Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring Mayor of Montreal

"It is totally unacceptable to develop a policy of securing intersections based solely on the collisions that occur. Montreal must not be only in reactive mode, it must also work to prevent collisions. Montrealers must be able to travel safely in their city. Thanks to Valérie Plante's desire to achieve the objectives of Vision Zero, it will now be possible. - François W. Croteau, mayoral candidate for Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

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