YOUR STORY:St. Leonard residents say through traffic on their street still putting safety at risk
Residents in St. Leonard are stepping up their complaints about through traffic using their street as a quick shortcut for the highway, concerned for their safety.
"We see mirrors getting ripped off cars when cars pass by, we see vehicles getting hit, we see parents being afraid to let their children out in front of their house," said Diego Di Stefano, who reached out to email@example.com.
Di Stefano said they've been making a case and compiling evidence of cars speeding along Aimé-Renaud Street, either from the Metropolitain service road to Lacordaire or vice versa.
He said it's been getting worse over the past three years since a neighbouring street was turned into a one-way street and there's more and more traffic in general.
The borough told CJAD 800 that their own tests suggest there's no problem with speeding or the number of cars considering it's a collector road, adding they've put in traffic-calming measures such as traffic light controls and summertime bollards.
St. Leonard residents on Aimé-Renaud say they’ve been fighting w/ the borough for more traffic-calming measures. They’ve been compiling evidence to show traffic & speeding have gotten worse since a neighbouring street was changed into a one-way 3 years ago. #CJAD800 #YOURSTORY pic.twitter.com/IRO5g9OAyk— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 28, 2019
Di Stefano argues it's not enough since they haven't noticed a difference.
"As you can see, we've been standing here for a minute and about 15 cars passed by. It's 10:30 in the morning," said Di Stefano. He said it's worse at night and weekends when motorists go even faster late at night.
Di Stefano said they won't give up, insisting that as traffic increases and more families move in, the borough should reconsider whether Aimé-Renaud should still be a collector road. He said they need more severe measures such as speed bumps or changing the street into a one-way.
Di Stefano said one time, a car was going so fast, it knocked over a bollard, uprooting it.
"What could it do to a child?" said Di Stefano.
"It's disappointing that as a parent, I have to worry about the security of my children on a residential street. They're coming to an age that they're starting to ride their bike...I'm not asking to eliminate the traffic on our street. I'm just asking to take more permanent measures to reduce it."
Residents on Aimé-Renaud in St. Leonard are stepping up their complaints about through traffic using the street as a shortcut for the highway. Most don’t respect the 40 km/h speed limit. Residents are worried for their safety. #CJAD800 #YOURSTORY pic.twitter.com/EFi6QmmLTa— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 28, 2019
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