Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie revamping bike paths, adding 60km

The Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has plans to redevelop all 90 kilometers of its bike network and add 65 kilometers of bike paths over the next couple of years.

On Thursday borough Mayor François William Croteau announced "Vision vélo," a plan to improve the safety of the cycling network and make it available year round.

"Since 2011, we have had five deaths on bikes in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie" said Croteau. "We have a saturation of people using their bikes."

With the revamp and new additions will come modifications to some streets. 

One of the bigger changes will see a new protected bi-directional bike path added to de Chateaubriand Ave. As a result one entire lane of traffic will be eliminated.

The plan will also turn portions of Bellechasse and Saint-Zotique into one-way streets. Those changes are still being studied and won't be developed until next year.

In a bid to improve visibility the redesign will create secure areas at alleyways and intersections. A five-metre clearance zone will be implemented near alleyways that connect to a bike path and 55 intersections will be equipped with bollards to secure dedicated lanes.

The alleyway and intersection safety zones will force the borough to eliminate about 150 parking spaces.

Smaller streets will become "vélorues," with motorists and cyclists sharing the road and clear street markings to indicate the shared spaces.

Croteau said all the work should take about three years.