Judging that the urban mobility must necessarily tie in with public transport, the mayor of Saint-Eustache, Mr. Pierre Charron, asked the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ -Infra), to take advantage of the delays in the delivery of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) to carefully plan the integration of a cycling network along its axis.
The mayor of Saint-Eustache spoke out in support of the recent requests expressed by the mayors of the boroughs of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Saint-Laurent, who are urging the CDPQ Infra to integrate a bicycle route project of about twenty kilometers that would allow to connect the Borough of Saint-Laurent to the City of Deux-Montagnes, via the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and the City of Laval.
Like his colleagues, Pierre Charron believes that this project is essential for residents of northwest Montreal, Laval and Saint-Eustache, who are struggling with recurring congestion problems and for whom the options of mobility are limited. “These citizens must be able to benefit from better access to major job centers. It’s also a matter of productivity,” says Pierre Charron.
In anticipation of the arrival of the REM, and with a view to creating a coherent and efficient cycling network, the City of Saint-Eustache has also set up a cycling link in the immediate vicinity of the limits of Saint-Eustache and Deux-Montagnes. , with the aim that it can connect to another track, which, logically, should be built along the rail corridor leading to the Deux-Montagnes station. However, the CDPQ’s response to repeated requests to include the development of this track in the planning of the REM project has so far remained vague and imprecise.
“The construction of a cycle route and various cycling links near the future REM stations must necessarily be considered a priority, and be integrated into the project as of now. We are also ready to provide our full cooperation. In our opinion, it is inconceivable to build such an infrastructure, without the citizens of the cities it crosses eventually being able to access it by bike or on foot! This defies all the principles of urban mobility, which must necessarily tie in with public transit. CDPQ Infra must act consistently, while there is still time to do so. This delay in delivery gives it the opportunity,” concluded Mayor Charron.