Hy­dro-qué­bec contri­butes near­ly $300,000 to Saint-ro­bert bike path

Other cy­cling paths to be ex­ten­ded

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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.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

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.

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