Watch and share: Nashen plans for Traffic calming in Cote Saint-Luc

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You’ve told me that you’re concerned about slowing down traffic on our streets. I work with our experts to find the right traffic calming measures: I got the ball rolling with painted lines to visually narrow the roadway as well as bollards to slow down cars, and bumped out sidewalks to make our streets safer to cross and for children at play. Humps are sometimes necessary too – especially on long residential stretches. I brought the idea of those middle-of-the-road crosswalk and “Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalk” signs to CSL – I plan to further expand these initiatives.

La question de la circulation est devenue primordiale et à cet effet, j’ai initié plusieurs mesures afin de rendre nos rues plus sécuritaires pour les piétons, les enfants et les conducteurs. J’ai joué un rôle prédominant en lançant des panneaux de signalisation pour avertir les automobilistes que des piétons traversent la rue.

Making CSL streets safer by limiting truck traffic

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At the September 11, 2017 Public council Meeting the City Council notice was given for a new truck route in order to regulate traffic in Côte Saint-Luc.

According to the Highway Safety Code, a By-Law regulating the traffic of trucks must be approved by the Minister of Transport. Once approved, trucks and tool vehicle traffic will be permitted on Cavendish Boulevard and Côte Saint-Luc Road as well as on all streets throughout the City for local deliveries.

Côte Saint-Luc will also request that all neighbouring cities adopt a similar resolution in support of this new regulation.

This new By-Law will improve the flow of traffic on Fleet Road which is not capable of handling trailer trucks. It will also keep trucks mainly on our two major boulevards and off our side streets as much as possible. Of course, local deliveries will always be permitted.

As the councillor responsible for the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety dossier I was pleased to give notice for this motion. Safety and security has always been my primary focus as City Councillor and any ideas to keep pedestrians safe and vehicles moving at a safe speed are always welcomed and reviewed with our traffic engineers.


Kildare-Shalom intersection made safer


Kildare – Shalom intersection made safer for motorists and pedestrians

The beautiful flowers on the median of Kildare Road were so spectacular this summer that some motorists had trouble keeping their eyes on the road. Indeed, the heavy rainfalls this season made the vegetation and floral arrangements grow much more than in an average season and blocked the view for motorists trying to negotiate the intersection at Kildare and Shalom.

Less flowers right at the corner mean easier view across the road at Kildare and Shalom

Thanks to our dedicated managers and crews at Public Works  a few changes were made last week to help with visibility – and obstructions – at the intersection.

First, the vegetation was removed from the corner approximately 15 feet east and west of the intersection.

Easier to say across the street. Kildare at Shalom.

Second, the soil was removed and concrete was poured to create a pad where pedestrians could safely stand and wait to cross.

Third, a sign will be installed advising drivers to slow down.

We will also place the radar trailer at this intersection to sensitize drivers of their speed.

Next year we will plant shorter species of flowers allowing for increased visibility at the intersection.

We are also looking into painting a crosswalk as a visible means to slow traffic.

“Flowers have always been planted along Kildare year after year and this year they look exceptionally great,” said Public Works manager John Monteiro.

I thank John and his staff for this excellent service. Several residents approached me about the problem of obscured line of sight trying to drive through this intersection. I contacted John and he quickly resolved the problem and made the entire area safer for motorists and pedestrians. I’m very appreciative of a job well done and a safer Cote Saint-Luc.

Teen drivers need to be extra safe, It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

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Resolution of the City of Cote Saint-Luc Council on the occasion of


WHEREAS, driving is an important and exciting right of passage for youth. It is also one of the riskiest activities for young people to engage in;

WHEREAS, teen driver safety is a significant issue in Canada. Young drivers are over represented in all road-related injuries and fatalities.

WHEREAS, National Teen Driver Safety Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths on the road across Canada. Everyone has a role to play in creating change amongst their peers, in classrooms and in their communities;

It was


“THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council hereby proclaims the week of October 16th – 22nd, 2016 as National Teen Driver Safety Week”.



ATTENDU QUE apprendre à conduire est un rite de passage important et excitant pour les jeunes, mais que c’est également une des activités les plus risquées pour les jeunes;

ATTENDU QUE la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents est un problème majeur au Canada et que les jeunes conducteurs sont surreprésentes parmi les victimes de blessures et les décès qui résultent d’accidents de la route;

ATTENDU QUE la Semaine nationale sur la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents est une semaine dédiée à sensibiliser le public et à trouver des solutions pour éviter les décès d’adolescents sur les routes de l’ensemble du Canada et que nous jouons tous un rôle dans la mise en ceuvre du changement parmi nos pairs, dans les salles de classe tout comme dans nos communautés ;
Il fut


«QUE la Conseil de la Ville de Côte Saint-Luc déclarons en conséquence, par la présente, la semaine du 16 au 22 octobre 2016 la Semaine nationale sur la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents».

Cyclists join high-vis POLITE force to be seen by motorists

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POLITE bike vest London Evening Standard



Published: 11 April 2013

Cyclists in London are buying high-visibility clothing that looks similar to a police uniform to get motorists to give them more space and time.

The luminous yellow bibs have a blue-and-white reflective “hatched” border and are embossed with a message “POLITE notice THINK BIKE”.

But the makers admit that the word “POLITE” looks similar to “POLICE”.

Nicky Fletcher, managing director of Equisafety, said: “People who buy them are not stupid. They do look very similar. That is why they are buying them. The cyclist is not breaking the law. He is not trying to impersonate a police officer. It’s a trick of the eye but it slows the driver down.”

Ms Fletcher came across the design by accident as she created safety jackets for horse riders.

She is dyslexic and wrote “polite slow down” rather than “please slow down” as she jotted down ideas on a notepad.

Now her firm, based in Wirral, Merseyside, has won a contract to supply bike firm Raleigh with its POLITE range this winter. It sells the bibs online.

Word spread among cyclists after reviews in cycling magazines and blogs, including London Cyclist.

Equisafety pressed ahead with the design after being assured by Met commander Bob Broadhurst that it was not illegal.

Ms Fletcher said: “It’s definitely not designed to look like a police jacket. It doesn’t look like any uniform I have seen. We have trademarked it. One cyclist told us it was like a ‘force field’ around him.”


Interesting idea.  Should we try this here? Post your comment.

Neighbourhoods are more livable with lower speed limits



Neighbourhoods are more livable with lower speed limits

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Sep. 28 2012,


It isn’t an attack on the car to say that residential speed limits in parts of Canada are too low. It’s an admission that neighbourly reciprocity has not survived into the 21st century. Big-city residents in particular do not take the attitude that “I will go slowly and carefully through your neighbourhood, because I hope and expect you will go slowly and carefully through mine.”


We support the car, we drive the car, but do we have to pledge allegiance to the car? On some divided highways, there’s an argument for increasing speeds to 110 km an hour from 100. But cars make life in neighbourhoods less livable – even drivers can admit that. Children take their lives in their hands by playing ball in their front yard. Strolling home from school becomes hazardous. Speed breaks the calm, and neighbourhoods should be calm. That feeling led London to set a speed limit of 20 miles an hour (a little more than 30 kmh) in 400 neighbourhood zones since 2001. Research published in the British Medical Journal found a 46 per cent drop in deaths and major injuries in the zones.


The “gateway” treatment in New York marks the lower speed limit with prominent signage and stenciling on the street. G&M.

It’s a sensible idea, particularly on streets with an elementary school or park on it. Why should people drive 40 km an hour (which to many drivers is a license to drive 50), or 50 (which means 60) when children are playing or crossing?


And where do speed limits come from, anyway? “Traditionally, speed limits have been set by traffic engineers using samples of actual speeds and calculating the 85th percentile speed,” says the Transportation Association of Canada. Drivers are the last group who should be setting their own limits — as drivers would be the first to admit.


Some Canadian cities have begun trying out lower residential speed limits. In Edmonton this summer, neighbourhoods were given the right to lower speed limits to 40 from 50. Winnipeg,is studying whether the 50 km speed limit should be reduced to 40 in residential areas. In Vancouver, the speed limit has been cut to 30 on a downtown stretch after three pedestrians were killed. In Montreal, boroughs have been lowering speed limits to 40 from 50 since 2009.


Any reductions in speed limits need to be backed by police enforcement. Life won’t be any worse for drivers, but it will be much better for neighbourhoods and children.


In my opinion:

Cote Saint-Luc has reduced residential street speed limits to 40 from 50 km/h in the last couple of years.  As chair of the CSL Transportation Committee I introduced the notion of traffic calming through street line markings, bollards, middle-of-the-road crosswalk markers and traffic constrictors at intersections.  These  measures reduce the distance needed to cross the road and forces motorists to slow down.  Also, cement and raised crosswalks have been introduced at strategic locations.

All these measures are fine and good but it takes a culture shift to slow down in urban settings, particularly on residential side streets.  Parents must play a vital role in training, monitoring and enforcing safety rules with their family’s young drivers.

CSL looking into Mackle speed limit


With recent Montreal Police Department operations nabbing many motorists for speeding on Mackle Road near Parkhaven Road, Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather has ordered a review of posted speed limits along the Mackle stretch.

The general limit in CSL used to be 50 km/h.  This was lowered to 40 km/h in the last couple of  years, in line with new residential street limits across most of the island.  CSL also restricts speed to 30 km/h next to parks, playgrounds and schools.

What do you think about the speed limit along Mackle?  Slower, faster?  This is your chance to make your opinion known.  Click ‘Leave a comment’ above.

Read the full article in the Suburban right here: 2011-12-07 Suburban Mackle Speed