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1) A good idea!

2) Dear Jeremy,

I am firmly against any more cyclist improvements. If there is a problem
with the pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road, perhaps they need to
be taught to look before crossing. I drive and there has never been an
occasion where the cyclists are not disobeying the rules of road, putting
the drivers in danger of hitting someone. The roads in Montreal, having
returned to Montreal after 25 years, are truly that of a third world
country. The city should stop painting (not sure who is getting that
kickback!) the road need repair, and done in an orderly fashion.  Also, the
taxes on gas and car registration is beyond justification, therefore, the
cyclists should not take precedent on the roads.

Sincerely.

3) Yes I cycle normally between April and October or so.    What you call  bicyle boxes, painted in green at crossings are a great idea.   Sometimes,  drivers behave like wild pigs.

Or just to cross a street,  on Sherbrooke for example,  can be a challenge with strong flows of traffic,  difficult to cross or you risk your life.    Good idea.  You have my support.

4) Councillor Searle,

Bicycle boxes, while a good idea in principle, would likely be dangerous in Montreal due to many motorists’ lack of respect for cyclists and many cyclists’ lack of courtesy towards motorists and blatant disregard for the rules of the road.

Re. your website, the person who asked that bikes be taken off commercial streets because “they are killing local businesses” does not seem to understand that cyclists are consumers like everyone else, and as such require access to commercial streets. On the contrary, cyclists should be encouraged to use commercial streets since we take up a fraction of the parking space allotted to cars. BTW, I do all of my day-to-day shopping locally by bike 8 to 9 months of the year (not the 5 months that one person sited as the maximum number of cycling months available in Montreal).

5) No opinion on the bike boxes. I do cycle in Montreal and find cyclists are drivers equally rude and unsafe.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to provide input (or simply vent my frustrations!).

6) Bonjour Monsieur,
votre pamphlet arrive à temps, car ayant habité a Toronto, j’ai toujours trouve cette idée très bonne, et je circule tous les jours à vélo. Aussi je vous encourage à la présenter au conseil municipal, et je vous suggère de le mettre en place à l’intersection Sherbrooke/Cavendish.

Une autre suggestion est de modifier le feu rouge mis en place sur de Maisonneuve ,  à l’ouest de Décarie: en effet il est très long au rouge inutilement pour les cyclistes, alors que le feu est vert pour les voitures venant de la rue de Maisonneuve. En plus il n’y quasiment pas de circulation.
Une suggestion serait de remplacer ce feu ( combien a-t-il coûté ? ) par un Arrêt , qui fluidifierait la circulation des vélos et des voitures.

Merci de prendre le temps de communiquer avec les citoyens, mais vous pourriez utiliser du papier moins cher et plus écologique. La couleur me semble aussi superflue. Pourquoi pas un envoi courriel ?

7) BICYCLES: I ride my bike far more than any other transport in NDG. I applaud the idea of bike boxes. In addition, I would like to make a suggestion (which has been on my mind for at least a year or two!) regarding one specific location. There is a southbound bikepath on Earnscliffe from Queen Mary to Cote-St-Luc and then again on Terrebonne (the continuation of Earnscliffe) as it bends from north-southbound(ish) to east-westbound between CSL and Girouard. There it ends. The single block of Terrebonne between Girouard and Old Orchard is one way east; after that Terrebonne is a “normal” two-way street with bicycle symbols painted on it. (The exact significance of those symbols is a mystery to me, but I suppose they are to encourage bikes to use that road, and to remind cars to expect bikes on it.) I would like to strongly suggest that a westbound bike lane be added to that single one-way-eastbound block on Terrebonne; this could easily be added beside the cars parked on the north side of Terrebonne, or there could be a curb put in so that, north-to-south along that block, we would have: sidewalk; westbound bike lane; parked cars; eastbound traffic; sidewalk. As you can guess, I regularly ride home via Earnscliffe/Terrebonne, and to do this legally I would have to either get off my bike and walk a block (not the end of the world, of course, but what cyclist wants to do that?), or do some very inconvenient and possibly not-entirely-safe detour, such as turning right from Earnscliffe (southbound) onto CSL (westbound), then left (dangerous!) onto Old Orchard, then right on Terrebonne where life is good again. BOTTOM LINE: I would like a westbound bike lane on Terrebonne for the block between Girouard and Old Orchard.

Thank you for requesting input; sincerely,

8) Safe cycling: yes sure! Bicycle Boxes are the answer to safety in traffic lights! I would add to that an improvement of the pavement of Maisonneuve bike path.
3. This is my own: prevention measures to cars speed on west Broadway street. Could we get any barriers, signs, anything that make people understand that west Broadway street is not a highway? Cars go so fast without respecting the different speed limits that I always worry when my kids cross the street to catch the bus.
Hope this long message will have an end result.
Thank you for making the effort in contacting the neighbours!

9) Monsieur,

  1. OBJET : SAS-Vélo. C’est avec une certaine consternation que j’ai reçu, au cours de la semaine dernière, un tract m’avisant de votre projet relatif à la mise en place de “sas-vélo” dans notre quartier.Fort de l’invitation qui y était lancée, je me permets de vous faire part de mon profond désaccord avec ce projet qui, regrettablement, ne s’inscrit que dans le gaspillage continu de mes impôts fonciers et dans l’effort continu de nos élus municipaux de freiner par tous moyens la circulation automobile dans notre chère Ville.En effet, comme si la circulation automobile n’était pas assez difficile, voire pénible, vu notamment l’ajout incessant de feux de circulation (synchronisés pour empêcher un automobiliste des plus prudents et vigilants de franchir plus d’une intersection à la fois…), de panneaux d’arrêt à des endroits où il ne devrait pas y en avoir, de voies réservées aux autobus, de pistes cyclables et de voies réservées aux cyclistes, de feux de circulation empêchant les virages pour laisser passer des piétons non-présents et de dos d’âne, et vu aussi la fermeture d’accès aux autoroutes, voilà que vous proposez d’en rajouter à nouveau avec des “sas-vélo”.J’ai d’ailleurs bien hâte de voir le beau résultat de ces “sas-vélo”, lorsqu’ils seront peints sur nos belles rues trouées et orniérées que notre administration municipale omet, refuse ou néglige de réparer depuis plusieurs années maintenant et qui sont une véritable honte, sans compter un danger certain et ce, non seulement pour les automobilistes, dont les voitures sont largement malmenées, mais encore pour les cyclistes que vous semblez vouloir privilégier à tout prix.En effet, étant nous-mêmes cyclistes, mon épouse, mes enfants et moi-même n’utilisons que très rarement les rues et pistes cyclables, pour le moins cahoteuses, voire dangereuses, de la Ville, sur lesquelles nous avons à plusieurs reprises manqué de peu de tomber à cause des innombrables trous, craques et ornières dont elles sont lamentablement truffées. À cet égard, je vous invite à vous déplacer notamment sur les rues Fielding, Somerled, Terrebonne, Monkland et de Maisonneuve, pour constater par vous-même non seulement le désagrément qui peut s’ensuivre pour un automobiliste, mais encore le danger pour un cycliste vu l’omniprésence de trous, bosses, craques et ornières qui peuvent aisément causer sa chute.Il me semble donc, avec respect, que les deniers publics que vous proposez de dépenser dans cette nouvelle aventure (tout comme ceux pour la préparation et l’envoi de vos tracts) seraient mieux voués à la réparation de nos rues, ce qui permettrait non seulement de faire un certain plaisir aux automobilistes (leur épargnant des troubles de suspension et d’alignement et les frais afférents à leur réparation…), mais encore d’assurer une plus grande sécurité aux cyclistes et, donc, d’atteindre le but apparent de votre démarche. À ce sujet, je déplore aussi que les plus récentes réparations de nos rues ont consisté, par-ci par-là, de simple “patchage” des trous les plus béants, lequel ne manquera pas d’être mis à néant lors du passage des grattes au cours des opérations de déneigement à venir.Sur le tout et bien que je conçoive l’utilité de favoriser les déplacements à vélo, de même que l’importance d’assurer la protection des cyclistes, il me semble que le moyen que vous préconisez n’est pas le plus apte pour y parvenir et ce, d’autant moins que les cyclistes se font trop souvent un malin plaisir de ne pas utiliser les pistes cyclables et de ne pas respecter la signalisation, qui leur est pourtant applicable.Je vous invite à communiquer avec moi dès votre prochaine convenance dans la mesure où vous auriez quelque question ou commentaire que de soit quant à la présente.

10) Please get the bikes off commercial streets.  They are killing local businesses.

Give them at most two east-west streets that have few if any businesses and allow only local one-way car traffic on them so that home owners can get to their houses by car if need be.

11) Hi Jeremy,

I just received your pamphlet and I think bike boxes are a great idea. I plan on taking my bike to work downtown this fall and so I am familiar with the situation at intersections when riding a bike.

12) Thanks for keeping in touch.  I am upset about the condition of West Hill Ave btw Monkland and Sherbrooke–drive down it & note the huge potholes.  I phoned 911 to report the condition and to say that I had both read in Gazette or elsewhere and had confirmed by a street workman that this summer West Hill would be stripped to the core like many of the streets in McQueen’s district.   311 first denied this,  then found the list which did include it,  but at the end of at least 15 streets, only 2 of which, Coronation and West Hill are in your district.  It seems clear to me that it won’t be done this year.  While NDG is of secondary importance to C de N (and I understand this in part),  Loyola District seems to be the roadkill of the borough.
And does no one care about the condition of arterial streets, Monkland and NDG Ave?

13) Thx Jeremy,

Another point  which I am sure you are aware… it  really frustrate me to see a  bike path  painted line over pot holes.
This is really dangerous ..  this force a cyclist with road bike wheels  to enter in direct contact with a hole in the street.

If the city took the time to paint the line.. for bikes… then it should invest in insuring the path is safe !!

14) Hi Mr Searle,

I have just read your flyer regarding the bicycle boxes and, if this system were accepted in other places, it would, unfortunately, not work in crazy Montreal. Here are my reasons:

– Currently, cars rarely respect the white line painted on the road indicating where to stop at the intersection. Some are sticking out almost in the path of the cross traffic or stop before the line and slowly creep up, without stopping, so they can go the second the light turns green.

– Currently, at intersections with XXXX’s painted on the road to allow for turning traffic, many cars stop over the X’s.

– The “creepers” will most definitely not wait for the “slow” bikes in front of them and will be honking at them to get out of the way. Tempers will easily flare.

– Can you imagine the cars that “floor it” at the green light respecting that arrangement? Possibility of bad accidents.

– Have you seen how many vehicles on Sherbrooke use the bus lanes at rush hour when they are not allowed?

– I am constantly driving between CDN, NDG and LaSalle. You can count on the fingers of one hand the cyclists that stop at the intersections for the traffic lights. They all sneak between cars and cross the intersection regardless of the lights.

– Even if everyone [drivers and cyclists] accepted that plan, remember that getting the borough to do the painting will take many years, if you are lucky.

15) Bonjour Jeremy,

Je suis tout à fait en faveur des sas vélo. Mais avant d’en arriver là, je pense que la première intervention nécessaire de l’arrondissement pour faciliter la vie des cyclistes, ce serait de réparer la chaussée dans les voies cyclables. On se croirait en zone de guerre sur Fielding, sur Terrebonne et sur Grand boulevard. Même si finalement quelques nids de poule ont été comblés, la qualité de la chaussée est toujours déplorable. En plus d’être inconfortable, c’est dangereux (risque de coincer sa roue dans une fissure ou nécessité de dévier de sa trajectoire pour éviter un trou).
L’autre action que devrait envisager l’arrondissement, c’est de négocier avec Hampstead pour établir un lien cyclable continu entre NDG et CDN. Ce qui a été finalement fait à l’intersection de Décarie et de Maisonneuve c’est bien, mais il faut également penser aux cyclistes qui se déplacent vers l’Université de Montréal ou ailleurs plus au nord.

Merci

16) Very good Mr. Searle, But is this going to get the bike drivers stop using the sidewalks as there driving lanes? Is this going to make them respect the rules of the highway and city codes? Are they going to stop on red lights? No. Are they going to respect the person who has the right of way when crossing with the walk signal? No they do not. Also what about the trucks who come from Ontario and block the bus stop in front of Meldrums? Also what about these drivers who come along side the buses and then turn right in front of the bus and into the people who are crossing from the corner in front of Meldrums to the other side at Kerwins apartment. I think you need a traffic camera installed to catch these idiots who think they have the right of way. A lot of Seniors cross there. A lot of people who are legally blind cross there. One of these days some one is going to be hit and all hell is going to happen.

17) Dear Mr Searle,

Yes to bike boxes.
I’d also like to see more reserved lanes, ie not just painted strips in traffic.

Thanks

18) Hi Jeremy-
Thank you for this email.
My husband and I often cycle to work or to daycare/school with our kids. I think the idea of the bike box is a great one and fully support it.

The intersection of Sherbrooke and West Broadway is a troublesome one, I find, for cyclists – certainly now that they are doing work on the south side of Sherbrooke it is a bit worse, but even under normal circumstances, I think it could be more brightly marked as to where cyclists should go, and perhaps poles could be put up so that cars don’t encroach on the bike path on the part of West Broadway (if it is West Broadway?! Maybe it’s de Maisonneuve there) just south of Sherbrooke. I often end up biking on the sidewalk when I cross Sherbrooke (going south) just because the cars get pretty packed in that little block near Loyola High School.

On the bright side, it’s wonderful to have the western part of the bike path in better shape this year – it was really bad before. So thank you for that!
Keep up the good work.

19) These bicycle boxes would help at intersections.

What I would like to see is another East-West dedicated bike path [like De Maisonneuve Ouest], At one time Terrebonne had this potential because it is safe and crosses a large swatch of NDG.  It was once in use but has since gone to disrepair over the last five years or so. If this could be fixed, you would earn some serious credit from me.

20) HI Jeremy Searle,

ITS TIME FOR MAPS

MAPS

MAPS

I WANNA KNOW WHATS OUT THERE 😉

21) Merci de votre message demandant notre avis au sujet de la sécurité en vélo.

L’idée du SAS est excellente, mais il y mieux encore à faire:

Boucher les centaines de trous de plusieurs rues, c’est invivable; nous devons faire du slalom entre l’asphalte toute brisé et les trous. Ex. la rue Terrebonne et les trous sur Kensington.  Un véritable merdier. La ville entière est pleine de trous.  C’est déprimant et on ne voit pas le boutte de la fin.

J’aurais une suggestion d’activité citoyenne:  un calme dimanche matin, les citoyens sont invités à décorer tous les trous de toutes sortes de façon, ainsi les employés de la ville les verraient peut-être.

22) You might want to add some budget for an educational campaign for car drivers and cyclists who are unfamiliar with the concept. Perhaps you might want to look at the experience of Ottawa and Portland, Oregon.

23) Dear Jeremy Searle,
I strongly disagree with bicycle boxes, as:
1.       Bicycles do start accelerate much slower than cars, only Motorcycles do! (If you check the research you see that they discuss that bikes gets you faster to a place, which I agree)
2.       There was no proper survey of how many are using bicycles in NDG. My experience is that it is a VERY small number that does not justify to add additional obstacles on the car drivers.
3.       You can use bikes in Montreal, not more than 5 months. So for 7 month we are “stuck” with the bicycle boxes with no use (same as the “famous” bicycle lanes downtown that are not shovelled and take valuable parking space)

It is time to allocate money on fixing NDG’s existing infrastructure, instead of wasting money on issues that would address a small part of the population and will cripple the rest.

24) Hi Jeremy,

I just received your pamphlet and I think bike boxes are a great idea. I plan on taking my bike to work downtown this fall and so I am familiar with the situation at intersections when riding a bike.

25) In regards to the green bicycle boxes idea I think that any more interference with car traffic by bicycles, construction or anything else is a bad idea.

26) Dear Jeremy

I would really dislike to have cyclist in front of me at a light I really do not feel that this is safe and by no means will it not slow down traffic on a street like Sherbrooke which is already a disaster since the reserved bus lane remove a drivable lane.

Please consider that we already have an east west bike lane if you would need more PLEASE PLEASE stay away from Sherbrooke street.

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