• Carmen Marie Fabio

NDIP council looking at ways to improve pedestrian safety


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Elected officials in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot are consulting with experts to address a twofold problem along a 3-kilometre stretch of Boulevard Perrot: reducing vehicular speeding and establishing a safe corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.

Following a full-house July 12 town council meeting that was packed with parents – young children in tow – the mayor and council of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (NDIP) have taken steps to address the issue of speeding vehicles along the three-kilometre stretch of Boulevard Perrot between Pointe-du-Domaine and 101st Avenue.

In the town’s monthly newsletter, Mayor Danie Deschênes said the town has consulted with experts to explore options to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety but the stretch of waterfront road is narrow and presents significant challenges.

The region’s demographics have shifted and though the area homeowners had typically been older residents, a recent influx of young families presents new safety issues.

“Because the road is so different from other areas, we need to look at this problem differently,” Deschênes said, adding that simply painting lines on the road will not guarantee the security of the citizens. “We’re working (with professionals) on long-term options and as soon as we can, we’ll propose the project to the citizens.”

Deschênes did not elaborate on the scope or details of the project but said it ultimately would be up to the citizens to accept or reject it. “Whether we build side roads for pedestrians or bicycles, it will have an impact on – most probably – part of their land too.”

As reported in Your Local Journal July 14, two residents, Louis Sewina and Yan Vanbrugghe, appealed to council to address the issue following a May 28 accident in which a young child was struck by a car on Boulevard Perrot. Though the incident resulted in minor injuries, it was a wake-up call to area parents.

Following the July council meeting, NDIP public works department installed a number of signs in the centre lane reminding motorists of the 50 kilometre speed limit but Deschênes said it’s only a short-term solution.

While residents initially presented a petition and proposed the idea of speed bumps, council said it was hesitant to install them due to a concern they would impede fire trucks responding to emergency calls. Quoting from Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) documents, Sewina said the delay would be negligible and that various models of speed bumps have been successfully incorporated onto many European roads.

Newly installed signs on the stretch of road are reminding residents to slow down “dans votre quartier” as Deschênes pointed out, it’s not through-traffic that makes up the bulk of the speeders but residents of the town.

“We’re working with what we have and we’re expecting citizens to act accordingly,” she said. “Fifty kilometre (speed limit) is not bad. It could be 30.”

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