Viewpoint : July 2016

Drawing inspiration from an ambitious Paris initiative

While passing through Montréal during the recent Go Bike Montréal Festival, Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Transport, Mobility, Roads and Public Space, gave an impressive lecture entitled Toward a More Bikeable Paris. Paris’ ambitious 2015–2020 Cycling Plan aims to triple the number of Parisians cycling every day by 2020. To this end, the city is focusing on a variety of plans and measures promoting active mobility. The Plan is based on one year of data collection, public consultations and analyses, in addition to enjoying the near unanimous support of city council.
The Deputy Major, who says he was inspired by Amsterdam and Copenhagen, wants to make the city friendlier, gentler and livelier, while providing Parisians with a different perspective of their city.
If Paris is able to increase the mode share of cycling from 5% to 15% in 5 years, nothing prevents Québec cities from establishing equally ambitious goals. In fact, more and more municipal councillors feel that by developing active mobility in their city, it becomes a more attractive and user-friendly option. Elected officials no longer hesitate to publicly defend reducing on-street parking in favour of one-way bike paths, maintaining speed limits at 30 km/h in residential neighbourhoods, implementing different traffic reduction measures and, of course, developing bike networks promoting fluid, safe and practical commuting. This just goes to show that we have truly entered the active mobility era.
“We want cyclists to feel that they have their rightful place in the city,” concludes Christophe Najdovski. Let’s hope that all Québec mayors will soon echo this sentiment!
Highway Safety Code: Changes adopted!

The bill aimed at modernizing taxi services and ensuring the safety of clients and cyclists was adopted on June 10.
Regarding dooring, the new legislative provisions increase fines from $200 to $300 for all occupants of a motor vehicle who open a door without ensuring that doing so would not cause harm.
The other amendment prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from overtaking a cyclist within the same traffic lane, unless he reduces speed and maintains a reasonable distance between his vehicle and the cyclist. This distance is 1.5 meters on a road where the speed limit is over 50 km/h and 1 meter on a road where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less.
What great news!
Have a good summer!

Suzanne Lareau
President and CEO