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Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie | Speed ​​reduced to 10 km/h in the alleys



Residents of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie will be the first in Montreal to benefit from lanes where drivers driving a motor vehicle will have to drive at 10 km/h or less, an announcement that comes shortly after a collision deadly for a pedestrian in the borough.

“Our desire is for the alleys to be living environments, not public roads,” explains François Limoges, mayor of the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, in an interview.

The elected officials of the borough are accosted “every day” by citizens worried about the alleys, he says. More than 140 alleys in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie have become “green alleys” in recent years.

“People want the alleys to be cathedrals. Speed, layout, living environment: there is a desire to appropriate the alleys to transform them,” said Mr. Limoges, adding that other measures to calm the alleys are in the making and will be announced later.

Deadly accident

The alleys are in the news these days, after the driver of a delivery truck coming out of an alley snatched and rolled over the body of a man near the corner of Beaubien Street and the 9and Avenue, in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, on March 31. The 57-year-old man was pronounced dead in hospital. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collision.

Céline Rivest, who walks every day to the place of the collision with her 2-year-old granddaughter, says she is “200% in agreement” with the lowering of the speed in the alleys.

“When it’s not a delivery truck, it’s a recycling truck. When it’s not a recycling truck, it’s a snowplow. I don’t know what happened in that collision, but in general, people drive way too fast in the alleys,” she said.


Several posters are already in place to prevent speeding in the alleys of Rosemont.

Jacques Passini, who grew up playing in the alleys of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, notes that a reduction in the speed limit, as well as the closing of certain accesses to the alleys for motor vehicle drivers, is necessary.

“When I was young, we could play in the alleys in safety because there were not many vehicles. Now, you have to have eyes all around your head, because things are constantly going in and out. »

Transit in the alleys

A week before the fatal collision, a 4-year-old child was hit by the driver of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) who was turning into an alley near Bloomfield and Lajoie avenues, in the borough of ‘Outremont.

The boy was admitted to hospital in critical condition with head injuries, but has since been declared out of danger.

Walid Mangour, who lives near the scene of the collision, laments that the alleys in the neighborhood are not safe for children. He also forbids his two boys to play there.

The alleys are highways. There are constantly delivery trucks speeding by, all to save 30 seconds and avoid stops.

Walid Mangour, resident of Outremont

The procedure for transforming a green alley and blocking one of the accesses to it in order to avoid through traffic is “complicated” and dissuades citizens from getting involved, he notes.

“I have to go around all the doors, over a distance of four blocks, have everyone’s signatures, all that so that the borough can possibly study the possibility of installing this. Do they wait for a child to die to move? »

Other citizens are of the opinion that it is up to children to be more careful in the alleys.

“They play scooters, they play ball, and they don’t necessarily look around,” said an Outremont resident who said her name was Anne-Marie.

According to Sandrine Cabana-Degani, director of Piétons Québec, lowering the speed limit in the alleys is desirable and must be part of a broader policy of securing the alleys, in particular that of blocking some of the entrances to vehicles.

“In fact, driving your vehicle in an alley to go from one street to another is prohibited by municipal regulations,” she said.

As for the question of entering and exiting alleys, the boroughs could make sure to improve the visibility of motorists by prohibiting parking there for a distance of 5 m before and after entering an alley, as the municipal by-law requires at the corner of the streets.

Also, to force a slowdown at the entrance to an alley, it is possible to build a sidewalk without lowering, and place the slope to let the car pass at the level of the row of parking lots. “The slope will be a little steeper, and that invites you to slow down in your turn. »

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  • 20 km/h
    This is the maximum speed allowed by default for drivers of motor vehicles in the alleys of Montreal. Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie’s initiative to reduce it to 10 km/h is the first of its kind in Montreal.

    SOURCE: Borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

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