In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars.
At their next renewal, the owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58 per year, those who have hybrid models $87, and those who have gas-fueled cars $115. The current fee is $70. In such a way, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie is following in the footsteps of Outrement, which for three years has been offering a 50% discount on permits for owners of eco-powered vehicles.
We are talking about one of the salient facts of the strategy behind sustainable mobility that Mayor Francois Croteau revealed this morning. "It's a first step. We would have liked to have gone even further by basing the fee on the number of cylinders, but the current system in the city does not allow for this," explained the mayor. "This is the hold we have on making eco-friendly vehicles even more interesting for the citizen."
The modification of the fee chart will not translate into an increase in revenue for the district, he added. "We do not want this to be seen as a financing method. We do not want to use the permits as a different means of taxation."
Lowered Speed Limit
We are talking about 11 projects of the district's strategic planning for making trips "more secure and convivial." All these initiatives have one thing in common, summed up M. Croteau: to favor active transportation methods and encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles. In the next four years for example, we want to install more than 1,000 bicycle parking spots along the streets. We will more systematically apply the ban on parking less than 5 meters from intersections. While they are under study, the latter will be remodeled with bump-outs and a good signage system in order to make them more secure.
New speed bumps will be added to the 200 that the Croteau administration, which is made up of five elected officials from Projet Montreal, already installed four years ago. Twenty kilometers will be added to the 34 bikeable paths already in existence, while we will explore the possibility of implementing new bike paths, where bikers and pedestrians would have the right of way. Fifteen or so new small green streets (lanes) will be added to the 50 that have already been planned, and seven electrical charging stations will be installed.
Finally, the speed limit on all local roads will be lowered to 30 km/hour.
These projects are already budgeted under the three-year financial plan for the district and will not entail additional spending, the mayor promises. We are talking about measures in order to "rebalance the shared space between pedestrians, bikers and drivers," who became the subject of a great consensus during the meetings the district conducted.
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Original article, originally published in French, can be found here.
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