During a recent press conference, city councillor Marc-André Gadoury announced that the city would be spending $15 million to add another 57 kilometers to the city’s already extensive cycling circuit. Aside from its plans to extend the already well-travelled De Maisonneuve bike-path through the city’s ‘Village’ and on into its east end boroughs, the new infrastructure is expected to have an immediate effect upon 13 Montreal boroughs and at least four of the island’s independent cities. As Gadoury is a former member of Projet Montréal who decided to join the Coderre administration following a rift with Luc Ferendez – the party’s present leader, Gadoury also happens to be an expert on urban transportation which explains why Mayor Coderre chose him to handle the city’s ambitious cycling file.
After Gadoury mentioned that the city already has a lot to be proud of insofar as it is already recognized as one of the leading urban cycling centers in North America, he also mentioned that a lot of its success is due to its efforts to integrate the city’s assorted transit projects with all of its assorted partners including its west-island municipalities.
While some of the cycling infrastructure will include further and more extensive bike lanes throughout the city’s east end, Gadoury said that the Coderre administration is especially concerned about developing better cycling links between the city’s north-end and its downtown core. According to the city’s documents, plans include an ambitious program that will connect the Lasalle Borough’s bike lanes with the rest of the city by means of a new overpass that will cross the water aqueduct at Lapierre Avenue near the Newman Boulevard. Other projects include the new Vélo-Route program by which both cars and bicycles will share a couple of streets (Mentana and St. André between St. Joseph and Blvd. Cherrier) with a minimum of restriction within the bicycle-friendly Plateau district. Other projects include building a new two-way bike lane along Beaconsfield’s Elm Boulevard between Montrose Drive and Brown Owl Lane.
With the addition of the new bike lanes, there are now over 700 kilometers of accessible bike routes working their way through the city after which Gadoury said that if everything goes according to the city’s plan, there should be over 1000 kilometers of bike lanes within the next five years.