Today in the Gazette, Maureen Marovitch, who lives on Hillcrest Ave. on the Ville-Saint-Pierre side of the VSP-Montreal-West border, makes the same point through anecdotal evidence that I made previously: the so-called “traffic problem” on Broughton St. / rue des Erables simply does not exist, and there are no trucks or semis barrelling down there. In fact, it’s quite safe for pedestrians:
I walk almost daily along these streets with my two children, ages 3 1/2 and 1. I’ve watched boys play street hockey complete with nets right in the middle of the road with few, if any, cars in sight.
She also challenges the “it’s only a 29-second detour” Mtl-West talking point response to Lachine’s “think of the ambulances” talking point:
This claim was so hard to believe that my husband, a former Urgences sante paramedic and firefighter, timed the detour at 6 p.m. on a weekday. It actually takes nearly two additional minutes to do the two-kilometre detour. That doesn’t sound like much, but if your child is suffering an allergic reaction, your spouse is having a heart attack or your dinner companion is choking, it could mean the difference between life and death.
Meanwhile, my $20 challenge is so far still unmet.