Montreal police launch pedestrian awareness campaign

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Montreal police have launched an awareness campaign after two fatal collisions involving pedestrians in the city’s west end in the last two years.

The aim is to alert the public about the dangers of crossing street intersection without being careful.

Dubbed Operation Intersection Safety, the campaign targets both pedestrians and motorists alike, and runs until July 14 in Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West.

According to Montreal Police Commander Jean O’Malley, of stations 9 and 12, the aim is to reach as many people as possible.

“We have police officers stationed at various intersections, mostly at rush hour or at lunchtime, when we can reach most of the people,” he said.

“It is mostly elderly people in the area and they are grateful that we are giving them this information.”

In fact, O’Malley explained that the pedestrians who died in the last two accidents were seniors – the last one, just a few months ago.

However, the problem of high collision rates at intersections aren’t just limited to that part of the city.

Police note that “[o]n the island of Montreal, 77 per cent of personal injury collisions occurred within five meters of an intersection or directly at the intersection,” and perhaps the biggest cause, O’Malley explained, were distractions.

Additionally, many people don’t know when it’s permissible to cross at a traffic light.

O’Malley explained that “a lot of pedestrians think that just because there’s a green light that it’s OK to cross.”

Yet, crossing when the red hand is flashing is an infraction and pedestrians can be ticketed for doing it.

This is the first time that  police are conducting this pedestrian safety campaign and, according to O’Malley, “all we want to do is to keep people safe.”

New bike path and EV charging station coming to City Hall parking lot

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The reconstruction of the of the Cote Saint-Luc City Hall parking lot will soon be underway with a new layout to improve vehicular access and visibility while improving pedestrian safety.

The project includes the reconstruction of the sidewalks, the curbs, the asphalt roadway and parking area, as well as the replacement of the lighting and security cameras.

The main improvements include:

– A new drop-off area at the main rear entrance,
– An elevated section of the roadway and pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection of the
main roadway from Cavendish and the delivery ramp for City Hall,
– A new sidewalk on the south side of City Hall, from Cavendish to the main rear entrance,
– A new central sidewalk median for pedestrians in the main section of the parking lot,
– A new bike path from Cavendish to Sir Walter Scott,
– A double charging station for electric vehicles,
– The addition of approximately 23 parking spaces, (143 spaces compared to the current 120 spaces),
– Replacement of the street lighting and cameras for improved safety.

The work is scheduled to start in July and be completed by mid-October 2017.

Public tenders were opened by the Purchasing Department on June 7, 2017. Six tenders were received ranging in price from $1,941,716.78 to $2,322,010.66 all taxes included. The lowest tender was received from Groupe TNT Inc. is conforming to the tender documents for a total of $1,941,716.78 taxes included.

A previous purchase order was issued for electric vehicle charging stations at the Aquatic and Community Centre and at City Hall. The City Hall EV double charging station will be installed during the reconstruction.

 

The power of teamwork

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Pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Kildare Road attended to by emergency personnel (Photo courtesy CSL Public Safety)

Reporting by Jordy Reichson, Director, CSL Public Safety

We are fortunate in Cote Saint-Luc to work together as a team, along with police, fire and ambulance, all to improve the level of care that we offer our residents.

Here, EMS, Urgences-santé, the Montreal Police (SPVM) and Public Security work together to care for a woman who was hit by a car while crossing Kildare. The scene was secured while the patient was immobilised and transported to hospital.

The pedestrian appears to have been crossing when the red hand signal was illuminated and the driver did not see her until it was too late.

This should serve as a reminder to all – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – to obey the lights.

UPDATED: Safer Cavendish – Kildare intersection

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Cavendish Kildare intersection getting safer with adjustment to traffic light sequence

Cavendish Kildare intersection getting safer with adjustment to traffic light sequence. Crossing guard Norman Klein assists pedestrians in this photo, courtesy of Mike Cohen.

 

UPDATED Nov. 18, 2016 6:30PM: Electrical problems solved and all functioning as planned.

Motorists using the Cavendish/Kildare intersection will find it easier to get through the intersection starting November 15, thanks to a new split phase configuration.

In my short stint as mayor late last year I struck a task force to study the traffic light sequencing in order to improve pedestrian safety without impeding traffic flow. Consultants returned with proposed modifications so that motorists travelling westbound on Kildare will be able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic.

To help visualize the change, imagine you are a driver who left the JPPS/Bialik campus and is heading west along Kildare towards the police station. When you approach the traffic light at Cavendish Blvd., you can use the left or middle lane to turn left or the middle lane to go straight. Motorists coming from the opposite direction will have a red right, which will allow you to turn left (or to go straight) without having to worry about oncoming traffic.

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Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side will have their chance to move through the intersection without interference.

Just as many vehicles as before will be able to pass through the intersection. However, the process will be less stressful and far safer.

Motorists and pedestrians alike will benefit as less distraction and confusion means more attention paid to the pedestrian.  Pedestrians will only have to look out for vehicles in one direction, and motorists will be able to look out for pedestrians, not oncoming cars.

Of course, pedestrians should always use the crosswalk signal and when available walk with the crossing guard.

Once the change it made, please let city engineers know what you think about it and if it has helped your driving experience. Email engineering@cotesaintluc.org.

Cavendish - Kildare Intersection

Cavendish – Kildare Intersection

I continue to head up the task force on traffic priorities that meets several times each year to review local policies and the Quebec Highway Act in order to make our roads, intersections and crosswalks safer. A major example of our work was the speed limit reduction along Fleet Road in conjunction with the Town of Hampstead. Pedestrian safety is at the top of our list as we continue to study ways to modernize and improve our 147 roads in Cote Saint-Luc. What ideas would you like to share?

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen initiated new high visibility crosswalk signage in Cote Saint-Luc such as the one pictured above as well as the middle-of-the-road flexi signs, among the first in Quebec.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen initiated new high visibility crosswalk signage in Cote Saint-Luc such as the one pictured above as well as the middle-of-the-road flexi signs, among the first in Quebec.

I proposed median crosswalk signs that have made crossing the road safer in CSL - J'ai amené l'idée de ces nouveaux panneaux de signalisation pour piétons qui ont fait traverser la route plus sûre en CSL

I proposed median crosswalk signs that have made crossing the road safer in CSL – J’ai amené l’idée de ces nouveaux panneaux de signalisation pour piétons qui ont fait traverser la route plus sûre en CSL

 

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen launched these new pedestrian safety signs which he "imported" from Florida

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen launched these new pedestrian safety signs which he “imported” from Florida

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Overnight parking pass just a click away in CSL

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Residents who require a temporary short-term overnight parking permit can request one at parking.cotesaintluc.org or by calling Côte Saint-Luc Public Security at 514-485-6960.

Temporary permits are generally given to residents with a genuine need, such as a short-term visit of out-of-town guests or other extraordinary circumstances.

CSL Mayor on first 100 days in office

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Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein gives a quick update on his first 100 days in office and on latest developments on Fleet Road, Cavendish extension, CP Rail, city events and staying in close contact with constituents.

CSL awaiting Kildare/Cavendish fix report | City News | thesuburban.com

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Côte St. Luc council will soon be receiving a report from consultants on ways to improve Kildare Road and Cavendish Blvd., considered the most dangerous intersection in the city…

I am pleased to have summoned the professionals to discuss this intersection and call for this report while I served as mayor of the city back in December 2015. With important input from our traffic experts and public safety director the consultant was tasked with proposing immediate fixes to the vehicle circulation, pedestrian flow, traffic signals and all circumstances affecting that corner.

For too many years I have been calling for a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the roadway to allow those unable to cross the full width of the boulevard in one shot. Each time I’ve been told that the road is not wide enough for such a refuge.

It is high time to ensure greater pedestrian safety at this key intersection, traversed daily by students and seniors alike all the while allowing for a smooth, safe flow of traffic. I am looking forward to discussing this report with members of council and to seeing positive and change and improved safety.

Source: CSL awaiting Kildare/Cavendish fix report | City News | thesuburban.com

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