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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Community Safety
Cycle Safe in Westmount
Please take note:  If you cycle : 

  • without a helmet;
  • while wearing headphones;
  • on sidewalks;
  • and ignore red lights and stop signs
you risk serious injury or death to yourself and to others.

Cyclists must respect the Quebec Highway Code. Bicycles may not be used on sidewalks or park paths with the exception of the bicycle path through Westmount Park. Safety helmets are mandatory and failure to wear one can result in a fine. 

The Public Security Unit and officers from Neighbourhood Police Station 12 will be paying close attention to cycling infractions. Violators could receive fines.
Westmount has one east-west bicycle path on De Maisonneuve Boulevard, including a section through the south portion of Westmount Park. It links with bicycle paths in Montreal at the eastern and western limits of the City. 

A north-south bicycle path on Lansdowne Ave. and Glen Road links De Maisonneuve Boulevard to De Courcelle Street in Montreal, continuing to the Lachine canal bicycle path. 

During the 2011 winter season, the City is restricting parking on the south side of De Maisonneuve Boulevard between Atwater and Greene on a trial basis only to keep the cycling path open and to assess the feasibility of maintaining the path year-round in the future.
The Ad Hoc Cycling Committee presented its public report to City Council at its public meeting on December 6, 2010. It is available below. 

The committee’s report references two technical papers – one on bicycle path security and one about the current design of the De Maisonneuve Boulevard bicycle path – prepared by Bourgeois signalisation Inc. These documents are available in French and in paper format only at Westmount City Hall reception and at the Reference Desk of the Westmount Public Library.

The following two reports from Bourgeois signalisation Inc. are also available at Westmount City Hall reception and at the Reference Desk of the Westmount Public Library.  Please note that these reports are available only in French:
- Rapport technique sur la sécurité de la piste cyclable qui traverse le parc Westmount
- Rapport technique sur la sécurité des usagers de la piste cyclable entre l'avenue Atwater et l'avenue Melville.
The Ipsos Descarie company was contracted by the City to design and carry out a survey to obtain residents' opinions on the following topics:

- maintaining the de Maisonneuve bicycle path open year-round;
- installing five Bixi stations in the City;
- developing a master traffic plan that would encourage walking and cycling.

A random telephone survey of 500 Westmount residents took place between March 30 and April 7, 2011. The final report is available here.

In addition, a "Periodic Cycling Volume Sample" was taken in January and February 2011.  The raw bike count data is available here.

Last update: Monday, May 16, 2011

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