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School-zone security starts with pedestrian safety

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Stuart Rogers was so incensed by what he saw walking through Griffintown Monday that he snapped a picture and called police.

Two red City of Montreal work vans were parked almost bumper-to-bumper on des Seigneurs St., blocking a crosswalk between École de la Petite Bourgogne and the Little Burgundy Sports Centre.

“It made no sense. There were hundreds of feet of space open — they could have parked anywhere!” he fumed. “There are small kids. Any child passing between the two (vehicles) would have been invisible to drivers.”

Police showed up a short while later and ordered that the trucks be moved, he said.

Monday may have been a pedagogical day for many schools, but that’s beside the point since many children may have been attending the school daycare or using the facilities at the rec centre. The incident is symptomatic of a cavalier attitude toward pedestrian safety we see all too often in Montreal.

There is a sense of antagonism in general between those on foot and those behind the wheel in this increasingly congested city. But school zones seem to be one of the biggest sources of conflict, whether it’s families complaining about aggressive drivers or pedestrians decrying traffic jams caused by long lines of cars dropping off kids.

The picture Rogers sent speaks volumes. It is also extremely........

© Montreal Gazette