Cyclo-Tour sets stage for trail expansion Town approves 15-kilometre network that would link neighbourhoods

Cyclo-Tour sets stage for trail expansion
Town approves 15-kilometre network that would link neighbourhoods

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Siblings: Chloé Bianca, age 8.  Zachary, age 12 and Jacob age 13 practice for St-Lazare Cyclo-Tour June 5th.
(Gazette, Julie Cadieux)

ST. LAZARE — The annual Cyclo-Tour kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 5th at Park Bédard and I am looking forward to participating with my family. I imagine a sunny day, my youngest easily keeping up, my middle child not absentmindedly weaving into the street and my oldest wearing his bike helmet sans dirty looks. More importantly we reach our destination safely and perhaps reward ourselves with ice cream followed by some fun at the park.
Unfortunately I expect the reality to be a little different. In previous experiences, I have found some of the bike paths a little too narrow and those rubber reflective dividers don’t do anything to ease my comfort level as cars whiz by at speeds well over the 50km/h limit on Ste. Angélique and Côte St. Charles. Not to mention in certain spots the bike paths either end completely or require that you cross the street to continue. My husband assures me that the mini panic attacks I’ll endure while trying to keep our kids safe will be worth the good time.
Next year however promises to be a little better. At the April council meeting, the town voted to adopt by-law 858 “authorizing the expenditure of monies for the development of bike lanes and paths.” This past Tuesday, the town announced the plan for increasing the 15-kilometre cycling and walking network. Recreational services director Louis Paquin says the aim is to provide additional safe paths for bikers and pedestrians, making the village core more accessible to residents and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Work will begin this summer and cost $1.5 million.
For those of you I see out there on a regular basis you will be happy to know that the new bike and walking paths will be created on Montée St. Robert from Bonaventure all the way to Ste. Angélique.  Côte St. Charles’s bike path will extend between Pine Tree and Grand Allée. On Chemin St. Louis it will extend from Cité-des-Jeunes to Chaline and from there to Condora and on Ste. Elizabeth between Bordelais and Fawcett.
The town will also be working on pavement markings in order to make bike and walking lanes on Grand Allée from Côte St. Charles to de la Voltige. Starting from Bédard Park, markings will delineate bike routes on des Marguerites, des Violettes, Denis and des Cèdres.
Bike lanes will also be designated on a section of Charles-Goulet, followed by Sainte-Marie, St-Jean-Baptiste and St-Célanie. From Chemin Saint-Louis, they will connect to des Quatres Saisons and des Explorateurs.
Paquin added that they are already discussing plans and have a budget for further improvements in 2012.

The Hudson St. Lazare Gazette – June 1 2011 – Julie Cadieux

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