UPDATED: Fewer cars, more bike paths for Plateau

Borough unveils "cyclist revolution"

Plateau borough mayor Luc Ferrandez.
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The Plateau Mont-Royal borough is bringing in several measures aimed at making life easier — and safer — for cyclists.

The borough's mayor, Luc Ferrandez, tabled an action plan, which he calls a "cyclist revolution”, Thursday, which will be implemented over the next two years.

“We have hundreds and hundreds of intersections in the plateau, half of them have been the site of serious accidents, in the last 10 years there was 3500 accidents, that’s 300 a year, almost one per day,” city councillor Christine Gosselin said.

Among other things, the borough will be adding 20 more kilometres worth of bike paths and cutting the speed limits along major arteries to 40 km/h, and to 30 km/h on side streets.

It will also reconfigure 22 intersections, the borough finds troublesome, and outfit the borough's trucks with lateral protection, designed to keep cyclists from ending up underneath the trucks wheels should a collision happen.

Ferrandez says the measures are, in large part, a reaction to the recent wave of well-publicized accidents involving cyclists.

"The borough has five times more [cyclist] injuries per square kilometre than the Montreal average," Ferrandez says.

"It's time to change the paradigm: we will stop reacting to the last accident and instead work to prevent the next one."

The plan will cost $1 million for 2014 — money which will come mainly from snow removal budget savings.

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  1. GT posted on 05/22/2014 07:11 PM
    Here is an idea, all bikes should have licence plates like motorcycles, cars, and trucks. This way the city can increase their revenues instead of screwing the property owners with annual tax increases.
  2. maria posted on 05/22/2014 08:56 PM
    Don't get me wrong , I don't live in this borough but explain to me how was this borough able to save on snow removal budget , but the city of montreal is really short on their snow removal budget, something smells rotten ??? we had a horrible winter how does this happen??? Also another observation I have made, every since they have bombarded this city with with bike paths, there have been more accidents and related deaths. What does that tell us!!! Have you ever been on de maisoneuve & fort trying to turn left - you have a 2 way bike path plus you have pedestrians also crossing both ways, with all these elements
    happening (and most of these bikers are speeding like they have the devil behind them) what is a driver supposed to do.???
  3. Bryan posted on 05/23/2014 10:31 AM
    "It's time to change the paradigm: we will stop reacting to the last accident and instead work to prevent the next one."

    Excellent thought. Therefore make sure the paradigm addresses the following points:

    1) bikes that cruise through red lights
    2) bikes that cruise through stop signs
    3) bikes that use main, busy streets rather than a bike path that parallels their travel is one block away and
    4) bikes that whip along sidewalks, regardless of pedestrian traffic.

    Address these issues and I guarantee cyclist accidents/incidents will drop.
  4. SM posted on 05/23/2014 12:08 PM
    When I "drive" down St.Urbain in regularly backed up traffic that used to flow, and see the unprotected bike path running between the parked cars and the traffic and buses on dangerously potholed (think about a bicycle wheel) pavement, I worry about the results of the noble goal of traffic calming. Traffic jams are not calm. Cars cause more pollution and noise idling in traffic backed up for blocks above the artificially narrowed lanes at the bus stop bike "path" intersection at ave. des Pins. Emergency vehicles have great difficulty navigating. I've often seen them have to hop onto the cement bus stop bike path thing and onto the bike path in order to get through the "calmed" traffic. A noble idea but so far , I haven't seen any coherence in the implementation and things are much worse than they used to be. Impeding the cars might not be a viable or palatable solution for the residents or those in transit. It MUST be well thought out and deal with everybody's concerns and needs. I also love cycling which is why the shoddy overview of bike paths concerns me. I've seen too many accidents and near misses and pothole caused tumbles on "paths" such as St. Urbain and will never take that route on a bicycle again
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