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.