Pincourt residents cite speeding concerns on riverside promenade
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
An electronic billboard stands at the intersection of Duhamel Road and Monseigneur Langlois Avenue advising motorists that Duhamel is a one way street and that all southbound traffic is prohibited.
Speeding cyclists along Pincourt’s recently created multi-functional promenade along the riverside on Duhamel Road prompted one resident to ask the town whether they would consider posting traffic signs that would limit their speed to 5 km/h.
The resident brought up the issue at the September 13 council meeting, saying there are regular groups of up to five cyclists that ride in tandem who disregard the safety of pedestrians and other path users because of their excessive speeding, which often exceeds the posted 30 km/h speed limit for cars.
The situation has apparently become so bad that some pedestrians, especially people with children, no longer use the dedicated path and prefer to walk along the section reserved for cars because they are worried about a possible collision with speeding cyclists.
Mayor Yvan Cardinal replied the request was unrealistic because 5 km/h is the average walking speed and that the purpose of the one-year pilot project is to work out any problems during the trial period to make sure all residents can take advantage of the multi-functional path unimpeded when it becomes permanent.
Controversy regarding the path itself increased as more residents questioned council’s determination to make it a permanent fixture next year. The most contentious issue is the recent conversion of Duhamel Road into a one-way road northbound with the previous southbound lane reserved exclusively for the multi-functional path.
One resident told council that there were never any problems or incidents when Duhamel was a two-way street and motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other users all managed to use the road without any problems. It was noted that in neighbouring L’Île-Perrot, a small portion of Perrot Boulevard is reserved for bicycles with ample room for two-way vehicle traffic.
Cardinal replied that despite the criticism, the town has received many favourable comments from residents regarding the path and it will continue to take all feedback under consideration.
Residents advised to report suspicious activity to police
Town officials are advising citizens to be more vigilant and to immediately call police if they notice any type of suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods after several recent posts were made on social media by residents who complained about thefts and vandalism.
The issue was raised during question period and a resident inquired as to whether officials were aware of the situation and what the town’s public security patrol VCS Securité and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) were doing to try to stem the problem.
Some of the incidents that have been posted on the Pincourt Peeps Facebook page in the past two months include the theft of lawn ornaments, thefts from cars parked on private driveways, and the most recent incident on September 10, an intruder who was discovered inside a garage in the middle of the night.
Town Manager Michel Perrier replied that the town is unaware of any of the posted incidents and have not received any incident reports from either the SQ or VCS Securité, the town’s private security firm.
“Whenever there’s an increase of any type in criminal activity in the territory that is out of the ordinary, they immediately communicate with the town and we try to put together a communication campaign for the citizens to make sure they are aware and take preventive action. We haven’t received anything from the SQ that effect,” said Perrier. “VCS isn’t present 24 hours-a-day but their reports also don’t show anything out of the ordinary.”
Perrier added that the onus is on citizens to make sure their property is secure, to keep doors locked at all times as a deterrent and to immediately report anything suspicious. “If nobody reports the problem to the authorities, there’s not much that can be done,” Perrier added. “Whenever someone sees something suspicious in their neighbourhood, they should dial 9-1-1.”