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

Encouraging news from Birnbaum on Cavendish extension

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“An important step forward” is how David Birnbaum, MNA for D’Arcy-McGee, described a resolution adopted at last weekend’s Quebec Liberal Party’s General Council calling for the implementation of the long-awaited Cavendish extension. The final resolution, including an amendment brought forth by the D’Arcy-McGee Liberal Riding Association, was overwhelming adopted.

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The original resolution, proposed by the Nelligan Riding Association proposed that: “The government recommend the opening of Cavendish Boulevard between Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc to provide a north-south alternative to motorists from the West’’.  Significantly, Nelligan is the riding of Municipal Affairs and Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux, who has a key role to play in orchestrating Quebec’s participation in the project.

The D’Arcy-McGee delegation to the weekend congress, led by President Orna Hilberger, strengthened the resolution by proposing the following amendment: “The government recommend and participate, with the other levels of government, in the financing and execution of the opening of Cavendish Boulevard between Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc to provide a north-south alternative to motorists from the West.’’

Cavendish is much more than a plan to reduce West-end traffic congestion, Birnbaum insisted. With the future developments of Namur-De-la-Savanne, including the Triangle, the Blue Bonnets site and potentially, the Quinze-40 shopping-centre project, Cavendish represents perhaps the central economic hub of activity for all of Montreal over the next 20 years. “I know that the residents of D’Arcy-McGee have been waiting a long time on this file. My colleagues in our government, and at every level of government, are working to make sure we see action, and soon.”

Birnbaum will host a summer fundraising cocktail on Monday, June 6 ( 6 pm to 8 pm) at Ecole Mosaique at 5621 McMurray Avenue in CSL.  Attendees are asked to make a $100 donation to the Quebec Liberal Party. For more information call Fran Gutman at 514-462-8671 or e-mail darcymcgeeqc@gmail.com. A prominent Minister from the government will speak.

Cavendish-Mackle intersection to close for two weeks

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Hydro Quebec crews will begin working on the underground electrical connection for the new Shell gas station at the intersection of Cavendish and Mackle on Monday, April 18.

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 HQ contractor, Telecon, will carry out the installation of the underground conduits as well as the permanent repairs to the roadway.   Cavendish will be closed in both directions at the intersection of Mackle.
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Road closure information signs will be installed on Thursday, April 14 by HQ.  Cavendish will be closed between Mackle and The Avenue, except for local traffic.  Detours will be put in place as of Monday, April 18 via Marc Chagall for both northbound (at Kildare) and south bound (at Mackle) and efforts will be made to ensure proper traffic flow. Access to northbound traffic for City Hall and Library drop-off zone as well as for 5875 Cavendish will be permitted.
Residents in the immediate vicinity will receive detailed instructions by the city.
The work is expected to be completed by Friday, April 29, weather permitting.  No work will take place during the Passover holidays on April 22, 23 and 24.
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Once this underground Hydro Quebec work is completed the neighbourhood will benefit from a new Shell gas station, car wash and Bonisoir Depanneur.
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