One year after tragic death, U-turns still a problem on Mount Royal

Family, friends and more than 100 others from the cycling community in Montreal gathered on Mount Royal Thursday to honour Clément Ouimet.

The 18-year-old was killed one year ago after he was struck by an SUV, being driven by a tourist, making an illegal U-turn on Camillien-Houde Way.

"He's a good kid, he's a great kid. He just found his passion for cycling," family friend Daniel Methot told CTV Montreal. "It had been just a couple years he started it, he fell in love with it."

Following the tragic accident, the city blocked cars from being to cross the mountain on Camillien-Houde and installed additional signs reminding motorists that U-turns are illegal on the road.

The decision to block through traffic was a controversial one, but many cyclists on hand said they have noticed the road is safer, sort of.

"Even just today I know someone who was riding up there and they saw a car make a U-turn exactly where the accident happened," cyclist Lyse-Ann Coffin said. "It's still not perfect."

"Just a few minutes ago, another person made a U-turn up there," Methot added as the large group was getting ready at the bottom of the hill.

The pilot project that blocked through traffic comes to an end at the end of the month, at which point the public consultations office will take it recommendations to the city.

"We'll take the recommendations and implement them," Sud-Ouest borough councillor Alain Vaillancourt said. "If part of that is to increase the safety, there's still some issues on the mountain, is to decrease the possibility of U-turns we'll do it."