More space for pedestrians, cyclists and green spaces. This is the way for the City of Quebec, which estimates that 20 to 25% of the streets of its territory can be transformed into convivial streets.
Inspired by cities such as Boston, Chicago or Ottawa, the City of Quebec wants to shrink certain roadways in the residential streets to make room for neighborhood life. As it did for example in the pilot project on Rue du Pont, in Saint-Roch.
In a plenary committee meeting at City Hall on Thursday, the City unveiled a new mapping tool that it will use to plan which streets can be transformed into convivial streets and when it thinks it can do so. Mayor Régis Labeaume argued that decisions will be made rationally, by the administration, according to the state of obsolescence of the underground infrastructure of the streets. “It will not be a political operation … Otherwise, we will fall into discretion and favoritism,” he warned.
In September, the City will announce to the citizens the catalog of all the streets which will be henceforth friendly. They will then have access to an interactive map and a citizen consultation will take place for each redevelopment planned by the City.
Mayor Regis Labeaume said it was not an operation “against the automobile” and that convivial streets are not a concept that can see the light on the boulevards.
The opposition applauded the City’s initiative. “Our ideas are on the way,” exclaimed Anne Guérette, leader of Democracy Quebec, recalling that the party had submitted a proposal to the city in 2014, a proposal that was then rejected.