Sustainable mobility: Three winning initiatives
Three projects stood out at the Leaders in Sustainable Mobility awards, organised by the Metropolitan Travel Management Centres.
The awards, whose virtual unveiling was held at the Phi Centre a few days ago as part of an event organised in partnership with the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), highlight inspiring initiatives carried out with a view to deploying sustainable modes of transportation. Of the eleven projects selected for the competition, three were finally chosen as winners by the 2020 selection committee.
Parc Jean Drapeau (PJD) [front page photo] is placing sustainable mobility at the heart of its new 2020-2030 master plan. Awarded the Prix Interentreprises, this initiative is characterised by a common strategy among PJD’s island partners, such as the Casino de Montréal, La Ronde and the Biosphere, to ensure the sustainable mobility of employees and visitors. And for good reason: “Transportation to and on the islands [Notre-Dame and Sainte-Hélène] has been centred around the car for decades. The park now has 8,000 parking spaces and car congestion is a problem,” says Pascal Malléjas, PJD project manager for transport and mobility.
Hence the importance of federating the island’s partners around common solutions. In particular, to concentrate and pool parking at two entrances to the islands and to deploy a wide range of interventions, including the development of infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, the offer of a collective taxi service on demand to access places not served by the bus network, or the granting of allowances to employees who travel by public transport, active transport or carpooling.
Sustainable mobility is part of L’OEUF Architects’ sustainable design and construction projects. This architectural firm, which received the Jury’s Coup de Coeur award, designs its projects in such a way as to connect the various aspects of a building to the needs of the community, including transportation. “We seek to reduce carbon emissions while ensuring sustainable development that is accessible to all, and that improves well-being and social cohesion,” explains Jennifer Benis, architect at L’OEUF. This is why the firm designs its projects in synergy with stakeholders on the basis of an integrated design that encourages upstream collaboration with the community and users, sustainable mobility stakeholders and experts from various disciplines. The objective is to find simple and inexpensive solutions to support changes in habits in favour of public and active transport. How can this be done? For example, by reducing parking space in favour of green spaces when there is an alternative transport offer, or by temporarily closing a street to car traffic to give it back to children and pedestrians at the end of school.