New signs urge sidewalk sharing for cyclists and pedestrians

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Following Monday's death of a 33-year old-cyclist on St-Denis, new measures are being put in place in the hope that future deaths can be avoided.

Montreal police are saying they won't be issuing tickets to cyclists using the sidewalks of underpasses between Rosemont-La Petite Patrie and the Plateau.

And new signs put up today are urging cyclists to use the sidewalks that flank the underpasses.

Rosemont mayor Francois Croteau says he could not wait any longer to take action that he thinks will save lives.

He got the go-ahead from the city and the Ministry of Transport to install signs instructing cyclists and pedestrians to share the underpass sidewalks.

He says that four years of asking, he could not put the decision off any longer.

"It's not time to wait, it's time to take a decision," he says. "But it's another example of waiting for a tragedy before we take the right decision."

Croteau says the signs are meant as a short term measure.

He says he is still waiting on Canadian Pacific, which owns the tracks between the Plateau and Roseomont, and the federal government to agree to discuss a more permament solution.

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  1. Murray posted on 05/02/2014 07:48 PM
    Do these signs show that cyclists are supposed to walk their bikes?
  2. Terry posted on 05/02/2014 08:31 PM
    The same old story. Wait for the tragedy and then take action. Force the bicyclists onto the street by installing barriers on the sidewalk. Then when someone dies remove the barriers and invite the cyclists onto the sidewalk. And on Milan Boulevard in Brossard, I am fighting to have the crosswalk signs installed at the pedestrian crosswalk.
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