Montreal continues its plan for the safety of road users

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Montréal continues its road user safety plan

Montreal wants to reach zero in terms of fatal accidents or serious injuries.

The City of Montreal presented its action plan on Wednesday “Vision Zero 2022-2024” to meet priority safety issues for road users, in particular pedestrians.

The data from the past few years is clear: pedestrians are still overrepresented among seriously injured or deceased victims on our network, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.

This new part of Vision Zero, the objective of which is to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries in the network by 2040, tackles unforeseen behavior, vehicle blind spots, poor signage, visual obstruction at intersections and impaired cognitive state of users.

Among the measures that will be put in place over the next two years, the City is counting on the improvement of the Guide to the sustainable development of streets in Montreal, on the development of a safety index for heavy vehicles and on the analysis of deficiencies in signage.

Montréal will also increase its awareness campaigns on driver fatigue and the ban on parking within five meters of an intersection.

A local campaign to raise awareness about driver fatigue in Bécancour.

The Mobility Squad, in collaboration with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), will be called upon to participate in operations targeted on priority issues of Vision Zero.

The 24-page three-year plan compiles data on collisions that have occurred on Montreal territory in recent years in order to identify the City's priority mobility issues.

One ​​of the components of intervention concerns the fallibility of human beings, both on foot and behind the wheel. The City intends to improve the design of streets by taking into account vulnerable clienteles, such as the elderly who are over-represented in collisions.

In the first installment of the Vision Zero plan, traffic lights were reprogrammed to give them an extra 4-6 seconds.

The safety of vulnerable users goes first and foremost through safe intersections, writes the City. To this end, the authorities will also analyze the shortcomings of road signs, such as too fast a digital countdown at a pedestrian light.

Montreal also wants to continue operating devices automated control systems, such as photo radar, in collaboration with the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ).

Another target, the City wishes to better inform drivers and other road users of the blind spots of heavy vehicles, which represent an important factor in collisions with death or serious injuries.

In the same vein, Montreal wants to encourage the manufacturers of emergency vehicles, such as the fire trucks of the Montreal Fire Safety Service (SIM), to adapt to the narrow urban environment that has already been built. For their part, the buses of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will be equipped with rear-view cameras, if the results of a pilot project prove conclusive.

The Plante administration wants to reduce the number of vehicles on Montreal's roads.

The City's second area of ​​intervention concerns the decrease in kilometers traveled by automobile on the island of Montreal. A person who travels by car exposes other users of the street and, to a lesser degree, exposes himself to the risk of collision, we read in the report.

To achieve this objective, the Plante administration plans to extend the cycle networks on the island as well as their maintenance. Remember that the deployment of the first axes of the Réseau express vélo (REV) was part of the previous Action Plan.

“Active modes, such as cycling and walking, are a complement to public transit and must be integrated into the network in a safe and user-friendly way. »

— Excerpt from the Vision Zero Action Plan 2022-2024

Moreover, the plan mentions better pedestrian or bicycle access to public transit equipment and infrastructure.

The vulnerability of cyclists on the roads is seen daily in our cities.

A city map listing the locations of collisions with fatalities and serious injuries for the period 2016-2021 shows that 88% of these accidents took place at intersections where there were no other collisions of the same severity during this period .

In other words, collisions with fatalities and serious injuries are rarely repeated in the same places, the report reads.

A collision involving a moped and a bicycle that occurred at the intersection of avenue de la Salle and rue Adam , in Montreal.

The City intends to analyze the common risk factors between these accident-prone intersections in order to take preventive action at other intersections likely to represent a risk for users.

In addition, the City lacks information on collisions not involving registered vehicles. Vélo Québec and Piétons Québec are currently working to collect data on these accidents in order to extend the representation of victims with insurance.

In total, the City details in its plan 44 objectives for the next two years involving several municipal, public and parapublic bodies and numerous thematic working groups.

Under the coordination of the Vision Zero Steering Committee, there are 68 partners ranging from elected officials to postmen of Canada Post who contributed their expertise to this action plan.

Road safety is a collective responsibility. Our administration is determined to continue to pool its efforts with several partners to achieve the ambitious objectives it has set itself within the framework of Vision Zero, added the person in charge of transport and mobility to the executive committee, Sophie Mauzerolle.

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