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Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilo...

Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilou, Quebec

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities. How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys?

Typical Street in Limoilou, Quebec

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities.

How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys? For getting around? For playing with our families? For taking advantage of trees and other vegetation? Is our use of alleys limited to those adjacent to where we live? Or does our usage extend to other sectors of the neighborhood?

Essentially, Votepour.ca’s goal for this survey is to obtain a panorama of perspectives on distinctive neighborhood alleys and, above all, to obtain clear and precise data on them: from usages to problems, and from challenges to future projects.

“Data is the foundation! If you don’t have data, well, what you build is based on intuition,” begins Marc Jeannotte, Co-founder of Votepour.ca.

The survey will allow the City of Quebec to better understand users goals with respect to these spaces. As a part of the surveyed crowd, users can become aware of and see in what measure their ideas and desires are shared with other residents.

Alley in Old Limoilou, Quebec

“The idea is to see what projects can spring forth from this information,” explains Mr. Jeannotte. Certainly, the survey will also allow the city to plan projects for adding greenery to the neighborhood and adjusting the City’s plan for the area, the revision of which is planned for this Autumn. The survey will also create the opportunity to come up with other initiatives, either permanent or temporary: commercial developments, seasonal public squares, and others.

The opportunity will also allow the city to determine how to set up alleyway committees. Up until now, these were solely made up of homeowners. Now, can we think of other ways of structuring them? For example, creating co-ops that include renters as well?”offers Marc Jeannotte.

This comes knowing that each alley has its own reality. “For example, certain alleys seem to be located between key crossing points, like the street that connects the Caisse Populaire Desjardins to IGA. Others, like the alleys around Roland-Asselin Park, have first and foremost a familial usage,” Jeannotte explains.

In order to get a first opinion from the population, while moving towards the city’s final approval of the official questionnaire, the Votepour.ca team was present at the Alleyway Grand Bazar in the beginning of June.

Alley with man walking in old Limoilou, Quebec

The goal? To ask people to identify their streets. But warning: “Those (streets) that they use aren’t only those that are right next to their homes!” 240 users were accounted for in this fashion.

The official internet survey was launched last Friday. It will be available online for the entire summer, in order to ensure that the maximum number of users have the time to respond. After the online information campaign, the Votepour.ca team will conduct field work, getting to know business owners and introducing themselves to residents who border the alleys.

At the end of August, the results will be shared with the municipal administration and will consequently be made available to the public.

“It is important that people protest and make their interests and intentions known with regards to their alleys! Now is the time to continue building Limoilou, so that the people profit from the excitement created by projects like the opening of the public square and the Alleyway Grand Bazar!” concludes Mr. Jeannotte.

Citizens can now respond to the online survey created by Votepour.ca.

Has your city ever conducted surveys on road or alley usage? If so, what were the results? Share your thoughts and city's stories in the comments area below. 

Original article, originally published in French, here.

Credits: Data and images linked to sources.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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