For new user-friendly and safe bicycle facilities in Montreal

For new user-friendly and safe bicycle facilities in Montreal

Our team in transportation and smart mobility has just completed a major project for the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough in Montreal. Thanks to our experts, this central district of the metropolis will soon be able to count on optimized traffic lanes to facilitate sharing among the various road users.

As demonstrated by its “Vision vélo” strategy, the borough wants to put cycling and active transportation at the centre of its urban mobility strategy. The goal is to increase the rate of bicycle use and make the cohabitation with pedestrians and motorized vehicles safer, in all seasons. To do so, the borough has given itself the mission of developing continuous and safe “east-west” links, which for the moment remains the main problem for cyclists. In addition to increasing the length and capacity of the bike paths, the strategy aims to coherently integrate the Réseau express vélo (REV), the major bicycle network announced by Mayor Valérie Plante in 2019, which will soon serve several Montréal boroughs.

It is in this context that the Borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie mandated our experts in Transportation and smart mobility to deliver a concept that effectively responds to the constraints experienced by road users in this central neighbourhood. As a first step, our teams studied and took measurements of the current situation in order to draw up a detailed portrait of the development and traffic issues in this area. We were then able to provide a customized bicycle development concept to address the Borough’s initial problems. The central point of this ambitious development plan: the reconfiguration of rue Bellechasse and rue Saint-Zotique from east to west, which will soon benefit from protected bicycle paths to ensure continuity and safety in travel.

Pour de nouveaux aménagements cyclables conviviaux et sécuritaires à Montréal

Our experts were also mandated to conduct an impact study on the complete or partial closure of certain sections, as traffic issues cannot be resolved without effective strategic planning. Indeed, the major arteries in the neighbourhood involve a number of issues, including traffic density, on-street parking and public transit, to name but a few. It was therefore essential for the borough to properly measure the impact of the proposed reconfigurations before accelerating the actions of the project.

This new development will help transform Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie into a living environment that is favourable to all road users. It will allow cycling to become a mode of transportation in its own right, while remaining accessible to all and attractive to new users. Congratulations to our teams!