Ville-Marie borough deadliest for pedestrians

The borough where you are most likely to be walking and then hit and killed by a car is the downtown Ville-Marie borough.

The Université de Montréal's Institute of Public Health Research found that between 2006 and 2015, there were 26 fatalities in that borough, along with 1735 pedestrians who were injured, 174 of them seriously.

Researchers say that's because there are more pedestrians and more vehicles travelling in that borough along with more heavy trucks.

The Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough comes in next with 18 deaths (1198 injured and 96 seriously injured) and third is Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie with 17 pedestrians struck and killed by a vehicle (1120 injured and 80 seriously injured).

"We have high numbers because we're the biggest borough - 170,000 people," said CDN-NDG mayor Sue Montgomery.

Montgomery said their new lower speed limits will take awhile to see results.

"Montreal drivers are Montreal drivers. But we're doing other things for traffic calming - curb extentions, speed bumps," said Montgomery.

Montgomery said traffic-calming measures are ongoing at a time when they want to shift public transit mentalities.

"We're at full capacity. We can't keep adding cars. I think what we need is a nice balance between car use, pedestrian and bike use," said Montgomery.

The numbers come on the heels of plans by Montreal police to re-evaluate where they'll be directing traffic.

Irina Grecu of the Association of Pedestrians and Cyclists in Côte-des-Neiges said reducing the number of traffic cops would be unwise.

"We've seen an increase of traffic because of the Décarie closures. We don't think that it's wise to reduce the number of police to protect the pedestrians and the cyclists," said Grecu in an interview with CJAD 800.

"We believe the traffic is going to become more chaotic and pedestrians and cyclists are going to feel less safe."

It was revealed last week that Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie was the borough where the most cyclists were killed during that same time period: eight out of the total of 39 in the entire city.

Plateau-Mont-Royal came in next with five cyclist deaths and then Ahuntsic-Cartierville with four deaths.