Verdun St. merchants express financial concerns about plan to cut parking spaces for bike paths

There's concern in Verdun about a municipal plan to eliminate 275 parking spaces on a particular street.

Some merchants are worried about the impact on business with spaces being removed from Verdun St. to be replaced by a bike lane on either side.

The plan cuts parking by half.

"People that are disabled or older people that can't walk for one or two or three blocks to come to see us: what are they going to do? What are we supposed to tell them? They've been coming here for like 30, 40, 45 years", said hairdresser Eve Sabourin, who spoke with CTV.

Sabourin has launched a petition to pressure the borough to consult those affected before going ahead with the project.

The borough countered by saying it did consult in recent years.