Can’t turn right on red lights: five new intersections affected
Hoping to make certain intersections safer for Aylmer’s pedestrians and cyclists, the Quebec Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) recently installed five right-lane red lights along boulevard des Allumettières. According to MTQ communications consultant Rosalie Faubert, many people have raised concerns with road safety along boulevard des Allumettières for the last few months. In response, the MTQ has conducted an analysis on pedestrian protection measures in the peri-urban areas on boulevard des Allumettières between chemin Eardley and rue Samuel-Edey.
After the analysis, which concluded in October, the ministry decided to implement safety measures on the following five intersections: chemin Eardley and rue des Hautes-Rives, rue Front, chemin Klock and rue Broad, boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne, and rue Samuel-Edey. Aiming to limit the mobility of vehicles to make intersections more safe for everyone while ensuring fluidity of traffic along boulevard des Allumettières, the measures include the prohibition to turn right on a red light, and the addition of a five-second wait period to allow cyclists and pedestrians to move before vehicles can turn right when the light’s green.
Having already installed all the new lights, the rest of the work should be completed by the end of the month. With that, MTQ intends to monitor them closely and evaluate their impact on drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, Faubert said.