Category Archives: Safety

“Slow Dave” Kids Alert

Slow Dave Kids Alert

Traffic and speeding vehicles is a major problem on our streets. With children playing and enjoying the outdoors it is even more important that vehicles slow down.

A great item that is becoming very popular is called “Slow Dave” that alerts drivers that children are playing in the area and to slow down. Although some families are using traffic cones which are effective they are too familiar of an item in the city while “Slow Dave” stands out more to warn drivers.

“Slow Dave” is available at Karibu at 2475 Notre-Dame St. W, in Montreal. The price is very reasonable at only $54.95 and can also be ordered online. The following is the link to the item on Karibu’s website:

Please share with your friends and family.

Holiday Safety Reminders

thiefWith the holiday season upon us and many people traveling to visit family and friends over the holiday it is a good idea to revisit some important tips to ensure the safety and security of our homes.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some safety tips

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood

Proposed Speed Bumps

speed bumps

We have had many discussions regarding traffic circulation on Victor Hugo and Lucien L’Allier.

Through these discussions we have been successful implementing modified parking hours to reduce the number of transient people parking on the street to reduce traffic and a crosswalk / stop line at Victor Hugo/Versailles to try to have more vehicles stop at the stop sign.

Discussions have also taken place, along with another concerned resident, with the SPVM to work together on other alternatives and solutions.  Since the first discussion there have been follow-up discussions with the SPVMC when they have been on the street.  The police department are doing their best however drivers seem to only obey the laws when a marked vehicle is present on the street which may not be the best use of their resources.

With all efforts that have been made we still continue to have a major security issue with speeding along Lucien L’Allier as vehicles try to get to the stop lights before they turn red.  This is an extremely dangerous situation since there is a children’s park situated at this corner, many pedestrians and a Bixi stand.  With the new park scheduled to open in November more children and families (including the local day cares) can be expected in the area to enjoy the park.

We have discussed that a major cause of this traffic along Lucien L’Allier is a result of vehicles that use this road as a short cut from Notre Dame (eastbound) to St. Jacques (eastbound), albeit some residents in the adjacent condos are not without blame.  These vehicles are trying to avoid traffic on Notre Dame and are usually in a rush therefore speeding.  This area is also clearly marked as a 30km/h zone due to the park however the speed limit is just as clearly ignored.

With all the efforts that have been made we, the residents of Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier would again ask that the city to please consider a speed bump on Lucien L’Allier and Victor Hugo where the park begins.  It is quite apparent that signage to re-enforce the laws are being ignored and that the only thing that will slow traffic is a physical deterrent.  A picture of the recommended location of a speed bump is included.

It is important to restate that this part of Lucien L’Allier is a one-way exit and is not an emergency entrance that would impede emergency vehicles entering Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier in the case of an emergency.

We look forward to working with the city to come to a solution with this dangerous and terribly frustrating situation on this street.  It is extremely important that this street is safe for the children and residents using the park.