When it comes to city planning, get people out of cars and trucks, Gatineau council told

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, November 3, 2019

Gatineau’s transportation planners have a problem common across Canada: Our vehicles, like our people, are packing on weight and taking up more space.

That means more congestion, slower commutes, and more greenhouse gas emissions, as we switch to bigger vehicles.

Since 1990 the emissions from cars have remained relatively stable in the Gatineau region, Professor Fanny Tremblay-Racicot told Gatineau council Tuesday.

“But emissions from light trucks have doubled. From heavy vehicles they have tripled.”

Today the favourite personal vehicle in the region is the Ford F-Series pickup, as it is across Canada.

But she warned that more roads, or wider roads, won’t solve the congestion problem.


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