On January 11, 2010, the Gazette column “Squeaky Wheels” published a piece on the winter closure of the de Maisonneuve bike path in Westmount. Westmount Mayor Peter Trent was quoted in the article as saying that he “dearly wants to try to open the path year-round by next winter.”
This is the second published statement in two months by Mayor Trent supporting the year-round opening of the bike path. In a November 26th article in The Westmount Examiner (“Bike path could stay open through winter“), he is quoted as saying,
“Certainly in principle and at first blush the idea of having a four-season bike path makes sense. I was always curious as to why in Montreal it was four-seasons and in Westmount it was three.”
However, Mayor Trent did indicate in the Examiner article that further study would be needed before any decisions are made:
“We’re five out of nine on this council that are either brand new or retreads, and so it’s going to take us a little while to look at it and find out what the reasons were as to why we closed it down, and I’m sure there are a lot reasons with regard to snow removal operations and things of that kind. So I’m not promising anything, but we will look into it.”
The WCA encourages Mayor Trent to continue to support the year-round operation of the bike path. The WCA also remains available to cooperate with Mayor Trent and the City Council in order to address any perceived challenges associated with keeping the bike path open in the wintertime.
Click here to read the full text article in The Gazette (the bike path Q&A begins halfway down the page).
Click here to read the full text article in The Westmount Examiner.
Email Westmount Mayor Peter Trent to tell him that you support the year-round operation of the bike path: firstname.lastname@example.org