Côte Saint-Luc launches bicycle paths

Côte Saint-Luc, June 27, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc launched a bicycle route along an 10-kilometer stretch in the northern half of the city, as part of an initiative to encourage residents to stay active.

The route will mostly be on-street with sections through some parks. It will follow Mackle Rd., Blossom Ave., Wavell Rd., and Marc Chagall Ave., and some additional connecting roads. In addition, the route will go through Shuster Park and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.  

No parking spaces will be lost to the new bicycle route. About 115 chevrons have been painted at 100 meter internals on the road surface to warn motorists to look out for bicyclists and small directional signs will point the way for cyclists. On some stretches of the route, there will be parallel lines to mark a reserved bicycle lane.

The bicycle route is the beginning of a five-year plan creating the “Vélo CSL Cycles” bicycling promotion and safety initiative. In addition, the city will also be making it safer to for bicyclists to use the three underpasses on Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc Rd., and Westminster Ave.

“We’re making is safer for cyclists who want to use the sidewalk at the three underpasses,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety and traffic issues. “The route will be mostly on street and still requires vigilance but hopefully will provide a safe and enjoyable loop around the Luc.”

"Of course helmets are a must," Nashen said. In 1992, Côte Saint-Luc passed a by-law requiring the wearing of bicycle helmets, making it the first municipality in Canada to do so.

The bicycling promotion and safety initiative was recommended by a sub-committee of the Public Safety and Traffic Committee, which is chaired by Councillor Nashen. The next phase will seek to link the route with the one in NDG, including the de Maisonneuve Blvd. bike path and the Lachine Canal bike path.

For a map of the bicycle path and more information about the bicycling promotion and safety initiative, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/cslcycles.

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