The City of Côte Saint-Luc launched a bicycle route along a 10-kilometer stretch in the northern half of the city, as part of an initiative to encourage residents to stay active. The route is mostly on-street with sections through some parks. It follows Mackle Rd., Blossom Ave., Wavell Rd., and Marc Chagall Ave., and some additional connecting roads. In addition, the route goes through Shuster Park and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.
No parking spaces were lost to the bicycle route. About 115 chevrons have been painted at 100-meter intervals on the road surface to warn motorists to look out for bicyclists and small directional signs will point the way for cyclists. On some stretches of the route, there are parallel lines to mark a reserved bicycle lane.
Vélo CSL Cycles
The bicycle route was part of a plan to create the “Vélo CSL Cycles” bicycling promotion and safety initiative. In addition, the city also made it safer for bicyclists to use the three underpasses on Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc Rd., and Westminster Ave. In 1992, Côte Saint-Luc passed a by-law requiring the wearing of bicycle helmets, making it the first municipality in Canada to do so. The bicycling promotion and safety initiative were recommended by a subcommittee of the Public Safety and Traffic Committee, which is chaired by Councillor Nashen. The next phase will seek to link the route with the one in NDG, including the de Maisonneuve Blvd. bicycle path and the Lachine Canal bicycle path.