Promised in the spring, the reduction of the speed limit to 40 km/h, in the districts of Quebec will have to wait until at least the end of the summer.
The road safety policy, presented to the public last fall, was to be adopted this spring. One of the key measures that it contains, the reduction of the speed limit to 40 km/h in residential areas, ought to be implemented “later this spring”, said the mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume.
However, the pandemic has had implications in all areas of municipal life, and the policy was no exception.
The City of Quebec, by way of his spokesman, David O’brien, has stated that”because of the COVID-19 this spring, the adoption and deployment of the road safety Strategy 2020-2024 have been deferred for a few months, or at the end of the summer of 2020″.
The modification of the boundaries of speed follows the same time. “All will be made clear during the adoption and deployment at the end of the summer.”
In the meantime, the City built a series of streets that are shared, which allow the use of the route by pedestrians and cyclists. The car traffic is reduced to 20 km/h.
At the inauguration last week of a segment on the rue Raoul-Jobin, The Journal had found that only a panel announced the street shared. The City of Quebec had agreed that the display was “minimalist” and that she thought of other display elements.
The body Live in the city believes that the display is not sufficient for a street to be shared. “The City creates a hazardous situation for pedestrians who would like to use the street as the signage, so that nothing provides a real incentive for drivers to change their behaviour,” says the organization in a publication Facebook.
The regional Council of the environment, Alexandre Turgeon welcomes the idea of establishing of the streets shared. But he says that it is necessary “minimally, to install a baffle [editor’s note : an obstacle] to the entrance so that motorists are forced to borrow the street at 20 km/h”.
A point of view shared by Étienne Grandmont, Access to sustainable transport. “It’s great that the City put in place some streets that are shared. The idea behind all this is to know what is a street shared and to accustom people to the concept of a street where the speed is soothed. But to get there, it should be more than just a sign.”
He gives the example of simple furniture, such as large flower pots, installed at the entrance of the street and allow just the passage of a car.