Major change: 30 km/h and 40km/on most streets in the borough
The safety of all citizens – pedestrians, cyclists and motorists – is a top priority for the Côte-de-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough. In the coming months, speed limits will be lowered to 30 km/h on all streets in residential neighbourhoods and 40 km/h on arterial streets. Please pay special attention to the new speed-limit signs. Your vigilance is required.
Borough teams will gradually begin installing the related signage. Because the borough spans a vast territory, it will not be possible to simultaneously install all the signs on all the streets. Speed limits may differ from one neighbourhood to the next, therefore, until the work is completed. Stay tuned! What you see on the sign takes precedence. In spite of the changes in weather, the schedule calls for the work to be completed in full by the end of 2018.
The new signage will be installed gradually from east to west, according to the following schedule:
August 1 to 31: Darlington, CDN and Snowdon districts (lots 1-2-3-4)
September 1 to 30: NDG and Loyola districts (lots 5-6-7-8)
Objectives of lowering speed limits
- Promote active transportation and public transit as well as walking in good weather;
- Reduce the sense of vulnerability among pedestrians and cyclists;
- Improve safety for people travelling on the streets of the borough;
- Ensure safe cohabitation for all types of users;
- Encourage motorists to be vigilant when they’re behind the wheel and to be aware of their immediate environment;
- Reduce the severity of accidents.
LIST OF STREETS TARGETED
The 30 km/h speed limit will be deployed gradually across all streets in the local road network starting this summer. The new speed limits will replace the 40 km/h speed limit in all sectors.
On Avenue Victoria and Avenue Fielding, the speed limit will be lowered from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. The 30 km/h speed limit is already in force in several areas where there are parks and schools. The speed limit on Avenue Grosvenor will also be reduced to 30 km/h to account for the high density of homes and the presence of a steep and narrow hill.
- The speed limit on Rue de la Savane will be lowered from 50 km/h to 40 km/h;
- The speed limit on Avenue Somerled will be lowered from 40 km/ to 30 km/h.
The speed limit on the following streets will be reduced to 40 km/h:
- Boulevard Cavendish (with the implementation of traffic easing measures)
- Rue Sherbrooke Ouest (with traffic easing measures)
- Avenue Girouard
- Avenue Elmhurst
- Avenue Van Horne (with traffic easing measures)
- Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
- Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (north of Chemin Queen-Mary)
- Chemin Queen-Mary (with traffic easing measures)
- Boulevard Décarie (residential sector)
The speed limit on the following streets will be maintained at 50 km/h:
- Rue Saint-Jacques (including the Boulevard Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue section)
- Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc
- Boulevard Décarie (service roads only)
- Rue Jean-Talon
- Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (south of Chemin Queen-Mary)
In the years to come, the Borough will determine how traffic easing measures on the streets cited above will make them safer with a view to eventually lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h.
Road network classification is based on physical and operational characteristics and on usage.
Local streets: Streets on which traffic flow is under 1,000 vehicles per day.
Collector streets: Streets on which traffic flow is more than 1,000 and less than 15,000 vehicles per day.
Arterial streets: Streets used for transit and access to collector and local streets. Traffic flow of more than 15,000 vehicles per day.
Source: Map: M.T.Q. Direction de l'Île-de-Montréal and DGTI, CUM, August 2000
Speed and accidents
Speed is among the leading causes of road accidents in Québec:
- Increases braking distance;
- Narrows the field of vision;
- Reduces maneuvering time to avoid accidents;
- Increases the risk of skidding.
If all drivers reduced their average speeds, there would be a considerable drop in the number of injuries and fatalities on all Québec roads each year*:
- 12 fewer fatalities with a reduction of 1 km/h
- 60 fewer fatalities with a reduction of 5 km/h
- 120 fewer fatalities wiuth a reduction of 10 km/h
*Data based on a total of 400 fatalities