The implementation of 327 km of pathways for pedestrians and cyclists by the City of Montreal could jeopardize the safety of persons with reduced mobility, writes the ombudsman de Montréal.
In a letter addressed to the mayor Valerie Plant, and the director-general of the Ville de Montréal, the ombudsman Johanne Savard warns the municipal administration on the universal accessibility of the corridors, sanitary facilities for cyclists and pedestrians that have been installed rapidly since the beginning of the pandemic.
Ms. Savard says it is particularly concerned for the safety of persons with reduced mobility and to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired.
“These people need the essential benchmarks for moving around safely. It is therefore necessary to plan the developments to preserve these landmarks and ensure they do not create situations that may pose a safety problem,” says Ms. Savard in a letter dated 20 may.
The ombudsman also emphasises that the City must consult the public, emergency services and traders affected by the impacts of these changes and to consider seriously and objectively their comments and suggestions.
Volte-face in Little Italy
Recall that the administration of the mayor Valerie Plant reassess its plans to close a stretch of St. Laurent boulevard to cars this summer, between Jean-Talon and Saint-Zotique, after the protests of the merchants of Little Italy.
A survey conducted by the Société de développement commercial (SDC) Little Italy and Jean-Talon Market, stated that 95% of its members were opposed to the proposed bike path on the boulevard Saint-Laurent.