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My Way Or The Highway

Posted by Dave / November 23, 2005

StUrbain2.jpgAnyone who frequents the Mile End or Plateau areas of town may have noticed something. That something is a car driving way over the speed limit. The street that specifically comes to mind is St-Urbain. It would seem that some motorists have found the exact speed required to make all of the green lights down this Montreal throughway. However, that speed seems to be somewhere around 90kph.

Note to all motorists, St-Urbain is not a highway. The speed limit is clearly 50kph. Making it from Van Horne to Sherbrooke in under 2 minutes is not cool. Especially now that winter is upon us.

StUrbain1.jpgWhile we're on the subject, just because St Laurent has a lot of traffic on it, doesn't mean that streets like Waverly are now a throughway as well. The city has been wise enough to install speed bumps on Waverly south of Bernard, however the north end of the street is still as smooth as.....well, you know. So cars race up this street, past an elementary school, just to make it to point B two minutes faster.

Even with the speed bumps, the southern end of Waverly still sees a lot Boy Racers thinking they're Gilles Villeneuve. The only satisfaction is the sound of their suspension having several year's of life disappearing.

Please won't someone think of the children!?!

End rant....



Alex / November 24, 2005 at 08:06 am
Fuck yes. I don't walk there often during the day or evening though, but at night, I've seen some bikers come down at incredible speeds. I also spotted someone in one of those front-big-wheel bikes, like those of the 1800's, 'cept it had lights.
J Mac / November 24, 2005 at 09:52 am
Couldn't agree more. It's great that the city has been putting in these speed bumps, though -- part of an ongoing campaign to make owning a car in the city progressively more annoying. But you do know why people race down St. Urbain and up St. Laurent (or Park) -- there's no central north-south artery. Which I think is great (except for the resultant St. Urbain speed issue). Short of some Hausman-esque appropriation of buildings along Park or St. Laurent and the building of a Decarie, it's never going to be convenient to drive between the Ville-Marie and the 40. Someone (else) should work on a theory about Montreal's heavier-than-average public transit use being related to this.
Dave / November 24, 2005 at 10:14 am
Here's an idea. There is alread a train tunnel running below the Mountain. Add another tunnel for cars/trucks and connect it from the Met to the Ville Marie Expressway.

It would however cost Trillions....

J Mac / November 24, 2005 at 10:29 am
Fuck that. Encouraging car travel is dumb. Instead, let's build massive speed bumps on St. Urbain and maybe reverse the one-way direction for a block or two at a couple of places, just to make it less attractive for driving on. And then build light rail on Park Ave.
Dave / November 24, 2005 at 10:36 am
I think light rail on Parc is a strong possability. They would simply have to make the whole street No Parking. Store owners would most likely be agains that idea.

I'm still waiting for the MonoRail along the Ice Bridge to Brossard.
Cat / November 24, 2005 at 10:48 am
I dunno. I think the monorail is more of a Shelbyville idea...
Mike / November 24, 2005 at 11:04 am
Brilliant photo. And I though my friend Fuck Shit took a good picture.
J Mac / November 24, 2005 at 12:38 pm
The monorail would have worked if Shelbyville had done better impact studies.

Really, though, plans to build a light rail line up Park from Rene-Levesque to Jean-Talon have been floating around for years. There was a pretty good article in the Gazette on Monday (which I can't link to because their website is so fucking annoying) about the pollution and traffic woes the city is facing in the future. It pretty much says things like that light rail line are utterly necessary if people still want to be able to breathe 20 years from now.
Dan / November 24, 2005 at 12:45 pm
It's either paired one-way arterials or a goddam highway, and given that choice I'll take the one-way streets traffic and all. If you want *slower* traffic on St-Urbain, put stoplights in the middle of long blocks and curb bumpouts, a la Bernard, at the existing intersections. If you want *less* traffic on St-Urbain, improve transit farther uptown where the cars are coming from.
Dave / November 24, 2005 at 12:52 pm
People are unfortunately addicted to their cars. You can imrpove public transport all you want, but there is always that segment of the population what won't leave home without their car.

John / July 5, 2006 at 09:03 am
It used to be very difficult to identify the speeders, the maniacs, the dangerous drivers that frequent all our streets.

Now they are all sporting Red, White and Green flags.

COme one Fabio slow the hell down !
Kenti / February 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm
En Europe l industrie toqurstiiue est autrement plus de9veloppe9e qu ici. Avec 5 semaines minimum de conge9 (pour les moins chanceux) la demande est e9norme et les distances sont minimes. Environ 600 millions de clients potentiels sont environ un quart de l Ame9rique du nord. Condo, camping, b&b, motel, auberge, etc, Il y a de la place pour tous les segments.On ne peut pas simplement transposer le concept sans conside9rer les diffe9rences structurelles des marche9s.

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