When I visited Montreal last week, I knew I was gonna produce Streetfilms on bicycling and the hugely wonderful pedestrianized streets program.
However, I always have been fascinated the ample and omnipresent curb extensions, neckdowns, gateways (whatever you want to call them) just about everywhere, especially in the neighborhoods. Thankfully, in the middle of filming I asked the CEO of Velo Quebec JR Rheault and he knew the answer how Montreal got so many (and continues to build them!)
Curb extensions/bulb outs/gateways/neckdowns
are vital for a number of reasons:
- They slow down cars
- Allow for better visibility of peds/bikes
- Space to make streets green/water management
- They are really pretty