After a deadly spring, the city unveiled its 2014-2015 bike safety plan Thursday. It wants to cut accidents by 40 percent between now and 2018.
The plan involves 74 projects that will cost $10 million.
It includes extending bike paths by 50 km, including a 14 km bike path along the train tracks, from RDP to the St. Lawrence River.
Projet Montréal and Vélo Québec said they were happy with the plan, and that the city moved fast, but they say its plan missing bike paths downtown.
“There’s a black hole in downtown Montreal,” says Vélo Québec spokesperson Suzanne Lareau.
“Adding kilometers of bike paths is one thing, but what is the quality of the bike paths?” Marianne Giguère, Plateau city councillor with Projet Montréal said; adding that she would like to see more bike boxes.
Bike boxes are yellow paint signalisations at lights that allow bikes to go ahead of cars. There are three in the city.
They all agreed with the city that education on bike safety needs to be a priority.
“I’ve been a police officer for 33 years and I think the only way to bike safety is through education,” André Durocher with the SPVM said.
The Montreal police is partnering with the city for the plan, officers will be on bikes educating and enforcing the law.
“Respect the rules because the police will be there to enforce them,” Durocher said.
When asked if the cops would be on a ticket blitz, Durocher said; “to increase ticketing in bad behavior, there would have to be an increase in bad behavior.”
“I would love to see the SPVM more active, we already have many rules, they just need to be applied,” Giguère said.
Lights at 200 intersections will also be reconfigured as part of the plan.