THE PRESS ROOM - for immediate release

A winning collaboration between the
Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough and Vélo Québec

Montréal, November 5, 2015 – In the presence of elected officials, school principals, community groups and citizens, Vélo Québec presented its school travel plans, put forward under the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough’s On the Move in the Community program.

Since the start of 2015, the Borough has carried out marking operations on several curbs and streets, which included pictograms of schoolchildren and markings at pedestrian crossings. Speed limits were reduced to 30 km/h in school zones bordering the following schools: Notre‑Dame-des-Neiges, Saint-Pascal-Baylon, Anne-Hébert, Judith-Jasmin, des Nations and Coronation. In addition to fulfilling the objectives of the On the Move in the Community program, all of these measures meet the concerns raised by citizens about excessive speeds on roads bordering the above-cited schools jeopardizing the safety of pedestrians and schoolchildren. In addition to Vélo-Québec’s recommendations, speed bumps were installed on 46 sections of road in the borough.

“By collaborating on the implementation of the program’s recommendations, we’re working in concert with community stakeholders in an effort to change the travel habits of children and parents on the home-school-work routes. We want to create safe environments and promote active transportation for all citizens,” said Russell Copeman, the Mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.

Other recommendations included in the travel plans will be implemented in the winter of 2016. Over the next three years, the Borough will continue to add measures to ease traffic across its territory, investing a total of more than $2 million. The addition of speed displays, pedestrian countdown signals and curb extensions, in particular, will help to improve the safety of schoolchildren on roads in the vicinity of schools and parks. These efforts will serve to reduce vehicle speeds as well as the number and severity of accidents, mitigate through traffic on local streets, make the neighbourhood more people-friendly, promote greater sharing of the public domain between its various users and thus encourage active transportation.

“We’re very satisfied that the analyses we carried out in 12 borough school zones by listening to the concerns of principals, teachers and parents were quickly followed by concrete measures that will make walking and cycling safer and more pleasant for families,” added Annick St-Denis, director of active transportation at Vélo Québec.

“With support from Québec en Forme, local partner groups were included in the On the Move in the Community process, which made it possible foster greater awareness of active transportation in our communities. We intend the continue our actions in this regard, in order to have our concerns considered as part of the urban planning process in our neighbourhoods,” said Joël Poirier, coordinator of the Côte-des-Neiges Actif et en Santé committee, and Marie-Charles Boivin, representative of the Jeunes en santé NDG committee.

“These analyses and measures come at a good time, and they meet the very real concerns of parents of children at our school. We hope these efforts will have a concrete impact and that we’ll see more families opt for walking and cycling, which will ease congestion at peak hours before and after school,” concluded Marie-Josée Normandin, principal of the Les-Enfants-du-Monde school, where the official plans were announced.