Hydro-québec contributes nearly $300,000 to Saint-robert bike path
Other cycling paths to be extended
Cycling enthusiasts participating recently in Saint-Lazare’s 2012 Cyclo-Tour learned they’ll soon have additional designated bicycle paths to travel in the town, thanks in part to a grant from Hydro-Québec. During the June 3 recreational bike riding event, interim mayor Brigitte Asselin announced the official opening of the montée SaintRobert bike path, explaining the path will be extended by more than 2.5 km. HydroQuébec gave $297,000 of the extension project’s $341,800 total cost. The remainder of the funds, $44,800, will come from town coffers. Jonathan Petit, Hydro-Québec municipal and regional affairs consultant, was on hand for the announcement.
Asselin said the Town expects to invest nearly $1.5 million this year and in years to come expanding its bike path network.
Scheduled bike path work expected to take place this year by the Town’s public works team includes building bike lanes along côte Saint-Charles from Pine Tree to GrandeAllée, and along chemin Saint-Louis from Cité-des-Jeunes to Grande-Allée.
The Saint-Robert bike path project was conducted in two phases. A first section was built between Saint-Robert Park and rue Bonaventure in the summer of 2010, while the second section from rue Bonaventure to chemin Sainte-Angélique was completed in the fall of 2011.
Meanwhile, the repaving of chemin Saint-Élisabeth continues. The project includes adding a much needed bicycle lane between Bédard and Nest Streets. The busy street is routinely traveled by school children, who had no safe place to bike.
Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (left), Interim Saint-Lazare mayor Brigitte Asselin, town councillor Michel Lambert, Jonathan Petit, HydroQuébec municipal and regional affairs consultant, and councillor Gilbert Arsenault were on hand when a bike path extension was announced.