MONTREAL | No less than 800 parking spaces have been removed on the rue de Bellechasse, Montreal, for the installation of a cycle track, which has created a shock among the inhabitants of the area.
“The residents of Rosemont are angry: since last July 7, the rue de Bellechasse to the east and the west became one-way and no parking to make room for a cycle track to double sense,” writes Marie-France Monette in a petition was launched online on Monday, and which was signed by 200 people Friday afternoon.
This last request to the City of Montreal to bring back the parking spaces that were removed on both sides of the street of Bellechasse during the installation of a section of the new express Network bike (REV) announced in 2019 by the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plant.
“I had the shock in my face when July 7th arrived,” says Ms. Monette, who lives in the area and who is also known for having played the role of Pascale Cusson in Watatatow.
Ms. Monette expected at a minimum to the parking lot is maintained on one side of the street. “I think for families and persons with reduced mobility, they are going to do what, now?” question-does it.
Reserved for bikes
Prior to the commencement of development works of the REV, motorists could park either side of the rue de Bellechasse street, between Chatelain and Saint-Denis. However, the dedicated lanes for bikes and a width of 2.3 to 3 meters, now prevents the maintenance of 800 parking spaces on the 6 km of this axis.
Ms. Monette regrets that this information has never appeared clearly in the notice that was sent to more than 45,000 citizens in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in may of last year. “Some parking spaces on the streets of Bellechasse and Saint-Zotique will be removed”, can we simply read in the document sent by post to Rosepatriens, which does not make the magnitude of the situation, ” she says.
It is only after the start of work on the development of this “highway for bikes” that the majority of citizens have learned that only 20% of parking spaces existing would be maintained on their street. The information was discussed at a meeting of public information of virtual which was to be held on June 20.
The City of Montreal maintains that the removal of parking spaces has been communicated to residents in a transparent manner.
“The work to come as well as the removal of parking have been provided in a notice distributed at the beginning of the month of may to more than 45,000 citizens of the borough, and have been presented at the briefing, [online], which was held last June 20,” says a spokesperson for the City of Montreal, Marilyne Laroche Corbeil.
Increase of bicycle trips
Although the development works of the REV on the rue de Bellechasse are still in progress, the City has recorded an increase of bicycle trips on the corridor bike boulevard Saint-Laurent and Bellechasse. In June, an average of 5447 daily trips bike has been recorded on this axis.
On the web page of the Vision for cycling in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, accessed Friday, it is not specified that the project would cause the removal of hundreds of parking on the street.
Announced with great fanfare in 2019 by the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, the Network express bike is a project of 180 km of bike lanes spread over 17 major routes in montreal.