The opposition party Ensemble Montreal asks that the administration of the mayoress Valérie Plante systematically consult the citizens before the addition of bike paths in Montreal.
This request follows the dissatisfaction of several Montreal residents and merchants during the simultaneous establishment last summer of temporary bike paths and certain permanent segments of the Réseau express Vélo (REV).
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Francesco Miele, believes that the City must hold rigorous public consultations with people affected by the establishment of bike paths on local streets.
“We cannot randomly add an infrastructure and remove parking spaces without an impact analysis on traffic,” said the elected member of the Ensemble Montréal party.
Mr. Miele clarified that only brief presentations on the REV project took place in 2018 without the impacts on traffic being addressed. A section installed on Saint-Denis Street has been particularly popular since its installation last fall.
Public consultation called for in Rosemont
The official opposition also urges the Plante administration to hold a public consultation in the borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie in order to hear the citizens and traders who have been suffering for months from the impacts of the transitional developments of the REV on rue de Bellechasse.
If the project does not receive the social acceptability of a majority of residents and businesses, Ensemble Montréal requests the cancellation of this project.
Recall that last October, about sixty traders deplored the lack of listening of the administration of Valérie Plante for the development made last July on the rue de Bellechasse.
In his report unveiled at the beginning of December, the Ombudsman de Montréal highlighted shortcomings in the development of bike paths last summer. The coordination of all City services must in particular be improved and universal accessibility issues must be taken into account when adding lanes for cyclists or pedestrians.
The official opposition will present a motion to municipal council on January 25 to force public consultations on any new bicycle path project.