No less than 700 speed bumps have been added in the past two years near parks equipped with playground modules, and primary schools in Laval.
The 700th was built in front of the La Source school and the l’Étincelle building, on the 15th Avenue, in Fabreville, on Nov. 24.
It was one of the last speed bumps of a first phase of implementation, around 67 schools and 139 parks in the territory, launched in the fall of 2020.
“Laval wants to encourage drivers to adopt safer behaviour, reduce their speed and be more attentive to their environment,” said Ray Khalil, municipal councillor of Sainte-Dorothée, vice-president of the executive committee, and responsible for the files of public works.
A second implementation phase of speed bumps in residential streets is being developed, reports the Municipality.
Those actions are part of a series of “traffic calming measures” that have been deployed since 2017, to which are added, for example, road markings, pedestrian crossings, sidewalk overhangs, raised intersections, one-ways, as well as the installation of speed displays and fixed photo radars at some red lights.
As for speed bumps, they’re preferred when “the speed practiced at the 85th percentile exceeds by at least 10 km/h” the speed limit on a local residential collector street.
In addition to forcing drivers to slow down, those speed bumps have the advantage of reducing through traffic, i.e. the traffic created by drivers not living in the neighbourhood.
translated by Alec Brideau