Valérie Plante promises to rethink Montreal’s transit plan for the elderly

Montreal - September 25th, 2017

In brief

By 2026, more than one Montrealer in five (21%) will be over the age of 65. Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate, will create a transit plan which will better serve the elderly citizens of Montreal. The elderly are overrepresented in collisions which can often be fatal. Projet Montréal promises to make the streets of Montreal safe for the elderly and for all vulnerable populations.

Highlights

• In 2016, 63 pedestrians were killed following a collision with a vehicle in the province of Quebec. 55% of the victims were 55 years old or older.
• An analysis of the areas that are collision-prone will be done and changes will be made in order to make the streets of Montreal safe for everyone.
• Projet Montreal believes it is time to make transit for the elderly more secure.
• By 2026, 21% of Montrealers will be 65 years or older.
• More than half of Montrealers 85 years or older do not have a driver's licence.
• The outgoing administration has not focused on the issue of elderly mobility, which is an important component of safety and well being.
• The Projet Montréal plan includes increasing the time allowed to cross the street, adding sidewalk extensions in order to make intersections safer, and increasing the frequency of public transportation outside of peak hours.

Quotes

« Our aging population will bring about important changes in the way Montrealers move in the city.  We have to come up with a transportation plan that will address how Montrealers move about in the city. It isn’t normal that the elderly do not have the time to cross the street because the streetlight signals lasts only a few seconds. It isn’t normal that pedestrians are overrepresented in collisions with cars. It isn’t normal that elderly people are afraid to leave their homes because they are afraid for their safety. We will give the elderly a safe, pleasant and friendly environment. » - Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate

« Planning a city around the needs of the elderly is planning a city that's safe and accessible to everyone. Whether it is increasing the time allowed to cross the street, adding sidewalk extensions in order to make the intersections safer or increasing the frequency of public transit outside of rush hours. Montrealers - young, old, families, pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from our transit plan that is adapted to the need of all Montrealers. Our plans will bring us closer to the objective of Vision Zero. » - Emilie Thuillier, borough mayoralty candidate in Ahuntsic-Cartierville

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