Friday, May 14, 2010

Three cyclists dead: when will Quebec get paved shoulders an ALL numbered highways?

Quebec's Ministry of Transport (Transport Quebec) builds a lot of roads. Generally they build good roads. But there are a lot of numbered highways that don't have paved shoulders and the MTQ is in no hurry to build paved shoulders on highways that don't have them. These artifacts from an earlier era are death traps for cyclists.

So, lots of highways have sections with no paved shoulders. Why should we care? Because the result is three dead cyclists today. (read news here)

The responsibility for these deaths lies with Transports Quebec and no one else.

We say that Transports Quebec has to build paved shoulders on the provinces numbered highways and they need to do it urgently before more cyclists die.

Contact Julie Boulet, the Minister of Transport Quebec about these deaths, your voice counts:


Cabinet of the Minister of Transport:

700, boul. René-Lévesque Est,
29e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 5H1
Telephone: 418 643-6980
Fax: 418 643-2033
500, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
16e étage
Montréal (Québec) H4Z 1W7
Telephone: 514 873-3444
Fax: 514 873-7886
These deaths did not need to happen. They resulted as a consequence of negligence on the part of Transports Quebec.


At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The responsibility for these deaths lies with Transports Quebec and no one else." Really? The driver bears no part of the responsibility? Please.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The paved shoulder would not have made a difference if the driver had fallen asleep.
Last year in Ottawa a group of cyclists where hit and they were riding in a designated bike lane.
Bike lanes are great, but they do not prevent accidents due to extreme driver negligence e.g. fallen asleep.


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