Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Cote Ste-Catherine bike path - no more automatic walk signals on cross streets

Waiting for that automatic walk signal you got used to? Whoops, we're back to that cars-first mentality.

Cote-Ste-Catherine and St-Joseph. Big intersection, and back to being bike-unfriendly.

It is with great disappointment that we have noticed that Outremont/Ville de Montreal has removed the automatic walk signal as part of the traffic signal cycle at several intersections along the Cote-Ste-Catherine bike path.

It looks like impatient car drivers get priority over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Cyclists now need to mount the sidewalk to push the walk button before they have permission to cross Cote-Ste-Catherine road.

This is a step backward and a real slap in the face to cyclists and pedestrians, who, for once, had the feeling that we were not (for a change) second-class citizens in this Montreal suburb.

We guess that once an urban-autoroute, always an urban autoroute. Oh, Outremont, you tried to support active-transport, don't give up now!


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