When you have no choice to be ecological

When you have no choice to be eco-friendly


It is fascinating to see how quickly solutions can be deployed when dealing with a problem that directly affects us.

“Necessity is mother of invention”, said Plato.

She is also the locomotive of political will and changes in behavior.

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To alleviate the congestion expected with the partial closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel, seemingly radical solutions are considered not only logical, but necessary.

< p>Who would have thought that one day the president of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc, would propose a ban on solo cars in the tunnel at rush hour? 

What the leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, suggests free public transport in the east end of Montreal and an increase in the frequency of buses?

What about free incentive parking implemented in Touraine, Beloeil, Mortagne, Sainte-Julie and Montarville? 

And that the supply of buses, metros and river shuttles was going to be improved?

The climate crisis was not enough to activate the implementation of such solutions. There had to be a traffic problem. It's more concrete and immediate than the destruction of life on Earth. 

Clearly, the fear of being stuck in monster traffic spur more action than the catastrophic scenarios described by the about the future of our children.

Need for structuring measures

If we can make each crisis an opportunity to improve, let's organize ourselves so that the problems of congestion combined with the need to reduce our GHG emissions serve to put in place sustainable alternatives to solo driving. < /p>

Because therein lies the real problem. Our addiction to the solo car. In the absence of effective alternatives, it generally remains the best way to get from point A to point B. 

To say that the vastness of our territory explains the mediocrity of public transport services is false for a majority of citizens who live in the greater Montreal area and in urban areas. The population density would justify massive investments there, as in Europe. Locally and regionally.

Especially since in Quebec, we build buses and trains. But no car.

Be efficient

Remember that on average in Quebec a car carries 1.1 people.

As Catherine Morency, full professor at Polytechnique Montréal and a great specialist in mobility, rightly says: “We clog our roads with empty and increasingly large cars that are parked more than 95% of the time. »

How inefficient! Not to mention all the spaces that could be better used than parking lots. 

What's more, transportation is the second most important expense for families after housing and just before food. . 

In these times of inflation where many families are struggling to make ends meet, it is time to invest heavily in alternatives to solo driving.

< p>Launching a major project for sustainable mobility in Quebec would be an excellent way to have a positive impact on society, the economy and the environment. Everyone wins when we reduce congestion and pollution.  

When we have no choice to be ecological