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« In presence of vulnerable users, 30 km/h is the acceptable safe cohabitation speed”, according to the organization Piétons Québec.

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The “basic speed” for urban areas, currently set at 50 km/h, “seems to be that of another era” and must be lowered to 30 km/h, demands Piétons-Québec. The organization recommends that Quebec modify the Highway Safety Code for this purpose.

Unless there is signage to the contrary, this limit would become the reference speed in an urban environment, explained Tuesday the general director of Piétons Québec, Sandrine Cabana-Degani, at the microphone of Tout un matin. It would establish a new social standard which would indicate to road users that in the presence of vulnerable users, 30 km/h is the acceptable safe cohabitation speed.

This new speed would influence the way we plan the streets, argued Ms. Cabana-Degani. This will encourage road network managers to design narrower streets and ensure safe crossings.

Parliamentarians will hear the organization's requests on Tuesday as part of the study of Bill 48, which aims to modify the Highway Safety Code. The legislative document, presented by the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, already plans to lower the maximum speed to 30 km/h in all school zones, with some exceptions. In the brief it will submit, Piétons Québec says it supports this measure.

The Union of Municipalities of Quebec (UMQ) will also share its recommendations with parliamentarians. She says she is in favor of this provision of the bill, but still wants room for maneuver to be granted to municipalities so that they can act according to the context. On the other hand, she is opposed to lowering the basic speed to 30 km/h, which she considers to be a step backwards in terms of the autonomy of cities. They are best able to establish the speed limit, according to the UMQ.

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