Car break-ins continue to be problem in Police Station 9 area

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CSL Public Security helps uncover grow op

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Photo of the Week #20: Car flips on Baily

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The driver of this vehicle was lucky to walk away without serious injuries

An elderly Baily Avenue resident was lucky to escape injury last week when he accidentally pushed the accelerator rather than the brakes while backing out of his garage.  His car hit the retaining wall and flipped violently onto its roof smashing the windows.

The motorist managed to crawl to safety while neighbours quickly called 911.

Cote Saint-Luc EMS, Public Security, Montreal Police and Fire responded. The man was treated by CSL EMS until the arrival of the Urgences Santé ambulance. He only suffered minor scrapes and bruises and was transported to hospital by ambulance for further evaluation as a precaution.

Luckily the car did not continue to accelerate into the street where local kids often play street hockey.

 

Re-engineering Traffic in the Baily / Cavendish / Glencrest area

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Last week I attended a public meeting for the residents of District 3 residing is the area bordered by Cavendish, Silverson, Baily, and Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Their opinions and suggestions were solicited on how to reduce or disperse the through traffic in their area.

Late last year, a city traffic study found a high volume of traffic on Baily Rd. and Grencrest Ave. Many motorists from outside the area use these streets as a shortcut to go from Cavendish Blvd. to Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The purpose of the meeting was to find ways to reduce, disperse, or discourage motorists in a way that is fair and equitable to all residents in the immediate area. 

L-R: Councillors Dida Berku and Glenn J. Nashen with area resident Debbie Berke

Councillor Dida Berku made introductory remarks and explained what the city hoped to accomplish.  As chairman for Public Safety and Traffic I attended along with the city’s Traffic Engineer, Charles Senekal.

Residents were assigned to one of the eight tables and discussed possible solutions.  Councillor Berku asked for a spokesperson at each table to explain what solution their table developed.  Later, she summarized the conclusions of the tables and explained the next steps. 

This was an excellent process to hear all the points of view of local residents and to provide a forum to air their concerns.  The proposals now get transmitted to the Public Safety and Traffic committee for study.  The committee includes experts in traffic, urban planning, public security, police and members of the public at large.  A recommendation will then be put forward to City Council for consideration.

To view a synopsis of this public meeting on CSL-TV click this link: http://www.vimeo.com/10128165.

Unrest on CSL’s Glencrest Ave. over excessive traffic

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Unrest on CSL’s Glencrest Ave. over excessive traffic

by Martin C. Barry

The Monitor

Article online since August 12 2009

 

Homeowners on Glencrest Avenue in Côte St. Luc want measures taken to deal with excessive traffic, which they say is endangering children. One solution they are proposing is to redirect it onto nearby Baily Road. Addressing city council last Monday, Mark Bohbot, a Glencrest resident for the past two years, suggested to Mayor Anthony Housefather that the situation is reaching a crisis point. “It’s difficult to sum up exactly why this is happening,” he said.

“There was a count just a few weeks ago, however, by one of the engineers of Côte St. Luc who stated that the average should be 100 to 150 cars on our street and they found 150. So it’s obviously an abnormal situation, particularly for the children.

“A lot of recent families have moved there with children,” he added. “It’s very difficult for them to cross the street. We have to watch over them all the time, and sometimes I prefer that they don’t do it. We’ve banded together. We’ve gotten signatures to present this issue.

“My question is that one of the logical issues as a resolution would be to open up Baily, because right now when you go to Baily you’re forced to turn onto Glencrest,” said Bohbot. “My question would be why has there been a stop gap at Baily and the intersection of Glencrest where we have to take on all this traffic and the other residents’ streets that they go on do not?”

Housefather said he told another Glencrest resident last weekend that the city would follow a standard procedure, including a review by council’s traffic committee, to determine if indeed there is excessive traffic and speed on the street, and whether a solution can be found “to either slow the cars down or move traffic up Glencrest that does not negatively impact other streets.

“Clearly the solution that you just proposed would negatively impact Baily and would be opposed by the residents on Baily.”

According to Housefather, Councillor Dida Berku took time last Saturday to meet with residents in the area and advised them that the problem was being dealt with. “I appreciate the fact that there’s concern, I’m very happy that younger families are moving to the street and that there’s kids on the street,” he said.

“But in terms of statistics, there’s no statistic that says there should be 150 cars on a street. Nobody in Côte St. Luc would ever have told you that there should be 150 cars on a street. We have no normal standard traffic that is 150 cars on any specific street.

“We would do a traffic count, we would look at the speeds of those cars, and certainly Glencrest which is the only two-way street in that area is going to have more traffic than on surrounding streets. So there’s a question as to whether or not that’s legitimate and whether traffic should be moved. But there’s no standard number of cars that should pass on one street during a day. And, in fact, 150 cars is a very small amount of cars and most of our streets have way more than 150 cars that pass there in a day.”