Quebec City Lane Diet

8/10/2010 Uncategorized

Grand Allee, one of the main streets leading into Vieux Quebec, is an excellent example of a former arterial that has been reduced from four lanes to two.  The street was put on a lane diet for a long one-block stretch to incentivize a lively restaurant row.  The solution keeps the existing grading and storm drain locations, but adds special pavement and bollards to clearly demarcate this newly augmented pedestrian zone. In some cases, restaurants take advantage of the new real estate by extending outdoor seating all the way out to the former curb edge.  Unbelievably, valet parking seems to happen in the remaining travel lanes, as one of the photographs shows.