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News in 2017

Raised pedestrian crosswalks

During hearings on traffic safety held by the Quebec government March 3, 2017, a representative of an association representing wheelchair users supported our ideas concerning raised pedestrian crosswalks.


Recognition

During hearings on traffic safety held by the Quebec government March 3, 2017, the former mayor of the City of Sillery paid tribute to the work we had done in his city in 1997!


Decrease speed on streets

In an article published in the newspaper "Le Soleil", on March 1, 2017, according to Paul Mackey, founding president of Ruesécure, at the base the streets were designed with geometries to drive at 60 km / h. It is not the speed limit panels that will change anything. The construction of streets and roads should be reviewed to limit speed with various visual and technical means. (See article)


Presentation on a Complete Street element

At the Conference on Inclusive Cities, November 8-9, 2016, the director of Safestreet gave a presentation on a new model for sidewalks and intersections that seeks to meet the needs of all users and, especially, of seniors.


Blog "Prendre soin de notre monde"

Our firm was highlighted in the blog put out by the Prendre soin de notre monde organization, a quasi-governmental body which is funded by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services. The organization thus recognizes that our approach to street design contributes to health and quality of life.


Webinar for the Quebec Union of Municipalities

The training session offered by Safestreet on the management of speed complaints, under the auspices of the Union of Municipalities, will be given a second time on-line Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10 a.m.. It will be of particular interest to mayors and managers of municipal services. One can register on the Union’s website: www.umq.qc.ca .


Presentation in the Sustainable Transportation Course at Laval University

On February 2, Safestreet was invited to give a presentation: “The history of the design speed concept and its impact on the character of our streets,” which explains how geometric design guides for urban areas were strongly influenced by approaches that were thought of for rural areas. The advice given in these guides to use the highest design speed did not take into account the presence of pedestrians and cyclists. The 1999 Canadian and 2011 American guides contain ambiguous notions that will probably be resolved in the next versions.


Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Quebec Federation of Parents’ Committees

In early June, Safestreet will give a presentation “Learning Active Transportation” at the Annual Meeting of the Federation. Children need to learn how to move safely and the parent plays a very important role.


Projects for Pedestrian Safety

We have just submitted the report on the improvement of pedestrian crossings on an arterial with generally 8 lanes of traffic. The City’s representative stated that the recommendations are “bold”.


Traffic Safety Improvement Plan in Municipalities

We recently submitted our report and our recommendations on measures to improve traffic safety on the local road network of a mostly rural Regional County Municipality. The Council of Mayors has recently adopted the Action Plan.


International Perspective

Safestreet has been invited to participate in the organization of a safety assessment of a pedestrian and bike infrastructure in Portland, Maine that is being hosted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the Maine Department of Transportation. The FHWA has just published a report on the project : "US Department of Transportation Pedestrian and Bicyclist Road Safety Assessments –Summary Report", October 2015.


Traffic Safety in a Totally Different Context!

Safestreet was hired by a firm located in the Montérégie Region that was concerned for the safety of workers who had to cross the plant entrance in conflict with numerous truck movements. Elsewhere, on the plant site which had become cramped, trucks have to back up near a railway crossing, in the presence of pedestrians and often fog. Finally, trucks cross a railway line near a dangerous goods loading dock. It was a stimulating challenge to adjust to a context very different from that of public streets.


Fall Testimonials

At the 2014 Infrastructure Conference in Montreal at the beginning of December, a municipal engineer commented on our evaluation of a multi-purpose path in his City: “ Your report was good. We have followed 90% of your recommendations.”

An agent of the Safe Routes to School program told us: “I have received very, very good comments (from the Cities involved) concerning your work. Thank you for your work which was greatly appreciated by our municipalities.”


Previous Testimonial

A project manager for a boulevard redesign contract stated that he was “completely in agreement with our proposal, especially since you carefully back up your decisions with traffic studies based on road safety and that’s what we are looking for. The fact also that the new design is more compact, which will reduce the overall cost, makes the proposal even more interesting.”