The opening and the year of the trails and sidewalks of the Jacques-Cartier bridge claimed

News 16 December, 2017
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    MONTREAL | cyclists and pedestrians have demonstrated Saturday to demand the opening of the multipurpose path and sidewalk of the pont Jacques-Cartier throughout the year, even in the winter.

    Forty protesters gathered around 10 a.m. at the entrance of the track on the side of Montreal, according to organizers. They were holding placards on which one could read “ride to Work all year round”, “The bridge to cyclists” and “Why block the way for runners and cyclists”.

    The event was organised by the Association of pedestrian and cyclists of the Jacques-Cartier bridge (APC-PJC) in collaboration with the Coalition Vélo Montréal.

    The Association, which promotes active transportation safe throughout the year on the Jacques-Cartier bridge for pedestrians and cyclists demand in a decade “winter maintenance and the opening of the only possible axis for the transport to walking or cycling between Montreal and the South Shore”. She has good hope that his calls are bearing fruit.

    François Démontagne, the president of the Association, said in an interview with the QMI Agency that there is an opening up of the company The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges inc. (PJCCI), which manages the bridge and the bike path.

    An advisory committee is in place since the month of June, he confided. “It is rather encouraging,” said Mr. Démontagne.

    “Partial tests for the removal of snow are expected during the winter of 2017-2018. But despite our demands for an opening when the conditions are safe, the track will remain closed to users,” said the APC-PJC.

    “The mobilization, it was to support the proposals and continue to put pressure”, he added.