To ensure the safety of all users, new measures have been implemented at the intersection of Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest and Boulevard Décarie with Chemin Upper-Lachine as of October 26, 2020.
- New cyclist traffic lights have been installed to make crossing times more visible to all road users.
- Traffic lights have been reprogrammed to give pedestrians and cyclists 60 seconds without conflict with vehicles.
As of October 26, 2020
The total time during which pedestrians and cyclists are protected at this intersection is now 60 seconds.
Vehicles have 30 seconds to cross from the north (1) and 30 seconds to cross from the south (2). Then, all vehicles must stop for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.
The new sequence is as follows:
- 20 seconds: Pedestrians and cyclists cross the north-south axis.
- 10 seconds: Bikes must stop and let pedestrians cross in all four directions, without crossing diagonally.
- 20 seconds: Only pedestrians and cyclists that are crossing the east-west access are allowed to cross (5).
10 seconds: Vehicles travelling along the same east-west access can cross, but cannot turn (6).
Then, vehicles can travel from east to west and turn (and vice versa), while pedestrians and cyclists must stop (7).
Before October 26, 2020
Pedestrians had seven seconds (1, 3 and 5) to cross the intersection without conflict with vehicles. After this time, cars and trucks could turn and cross the pedestrian crossing for 30 seconds (2, 4 and 6). The cycle would repeat in each direction.
This approach is used at most intersections in Montréal. It ensures that pedestrians have moved forward onto the intersection and are visible enough to ensure their safety. However, the complexity of the Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest and Boulevard Décarie with Chemin Upper-Lachine intersection called for additional measures, which were implemented in October.
This change at the intersection is part of Montréal’s Vision Zero approach. The city is aiming to make travel safer and improve the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists.