Speed ​​bumps on Mont-Royal Avenue cause confusion for road users in Montreal – Montreal

Speed ​​bumps on Mont-Royal Avenue cause confusion for road users in Montreal – Montreal

They are designed to slow down cyclists and harmonise the division of the road between pedestrians and cyclists.

Speed ​​bumps have been installed on Mont-Royal Avenue in the Plateau to force cyclists to brake on this busy commercial road.

“We still have a problem with cyclists speeding on the avenue,” Marianne Giguère, a Montreal city councillor overseeing the initiative, told Global News.

The speed bumps were installed earlier this week as part of a pilot project modelled on the bicycle traffic calming measure installed on Wellington Street in Verdun.

Motorized scooters are not allowed and pedestrians have the right of way.

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Some people think the speed bumps are a good initiative, but believe that separate cycle paths with stripes should have been created to prevent possible collisions between pedestrians and cyclists.

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“Can we stay on our bikes? Do we have to stand to the side of our bikes? It’s not entirely clear,” Alex Emond, a cyclist, told Global News.

“Are we allowed to be on the street as pedestrians or is this mainly for cyclists?” Lauren Jensen, a pedestrian visiting from California, told Global News.

But Giguère says a separate lane for cyclists wouldn’t work because Mont-Royal Avenue isn’t wide enough. She doubts cyclists and pedestrians would respect the lanes.

“It’s clear that pedestrians would end up on that bike path and cyclists would end up off that bike path,” she said.

At least one business owner spoken to by Global News supported the speed bumps, saying they could force cyclists to stop and visit the bumps.

“Yes, it helps,” Alejandro Velazquez, manager at Twisted Burger, told Global News.

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