POOR MARKS FOR SNOW CLEANING ON WESTMOUNT PORTION OF DE MAISONNEUVE BIKE PATH

At Westmount’s April council meeting, The Westmount Walking and Cycling Association presented the City’s Director General Duncan Campbell with a Snowbank Award for poor snow cleaning of the bike path through Westmount this past winter.

There are four categories of awards for snow cleaning. Gold Snowflake, Silver Snowflake, Bronze Snowflake and Snowbank. They are based on the number of days that the bike path is closed due to snow. The Snowbank Award is for poor removal of snow. Last December the path was closed for 15 days due to snow (50%) and a total of 36 days this past winter (36%).

The city does not clear the snow as quickly as our neighbouring communities of Ville Marie and NDG.

The WWCA blames the problem on the order in which streets get cleaned in Westmount and not on the public works employees. De Maisonneuve Boulevard should be placed early on the snow cleaning schedule. The Association hopes to be able to present a Gold Snowflake to the city next year which means that the bike path would never be closed due to snowfall.

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A WORTHY CAMPAIGN

http://epaper.montrealgazette.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

INCREASED SAFETY FOR CYCLISTS!

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/video-cycle-campaign-film-sees-rider-strip-off-to-ride-through-london-safely-9203046.html?utm_content=buffer

ARE PEOPLE FIRST ON THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-pied-piper-for-sustainable-transportation-and-his-radical-idea-put-people-first/article17496623/

TOUR OF SEVEN CITIES ON A BIKE TO INVESTIGATE SAFETY, INFRASTRUCTURE

http://mosaicscience.com/story/city-cycling-health-versus-hazard

SADLY, CARS TAKE PRIORITY

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/cities-should-worship-the-ground-we-walk-on/article17028062/

Aside

The Vendôme Danger Zone (the section of de Maisonneuve between Decarie and Claremont which has no protected bike path)is listed as one of the 9 zones in Montreal requiring priority attention according to Vélo Québec’s recent report: ‘Le vélo dans l’avenir des villes – Proposition 2014-2021 de Vélo Québec.’

http://www.velo.qc.ca/files/file/memoires/VQ_VeloAvenirVilles2014-2021.pdf

Vélo Québec confirmed that ‘Vendôme is one of the 2 most important missing links of Montreal’s cycling network, along with St-Laurent/Bellechasse.’

While we all knew that the Vendôme Danger Zone was a serious obstacle for cyclists, we now know that it ranks as one of the 2 worst zones in Montreal.