MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The recent measures implemented on
circuit Gilles-Villeneuve by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) are aimed
at ensuring the safety of all users of the park, without jeopardizing the
park's access to everyone. This has become an important point in light of the
various interpretations circulated in the media in the last few days.
"As responsible managers, we must ensure the safety of the five million
visitors that come to our site every year," stated Christian Ouellet, General
Manager of the SPJD. "This being said, we are going to act swiftly in meeting
with the respective users' associations to find new and sustainable
Last year, between the months of May and September, 27 accidents
involving bicycles were recorded, 12 of them required ambulance
transportation, in addition to three other accidents which occurred during the
week of May 22, 2009. This prompted the decision by the Société du parc
Jean-Drapeau to impose additional measures to ensure the safety of park users.
One of the main safety measures is the installation of speed-reducing
mechanisms in three strategic areas on the circuit.
The circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is, first and foremost, a main road
providing access to the various areas of activity on Ile Notre-Dame, which is
used by cars, STM shuttles, service and maintenance vehicles, as well as
enthusiasts of walking, biking, running, in-line skating and other leisure
The mandate of La Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is to manage,
administrate, develop, preserve and oversee activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
For further information:
For further information: Nathalie Lessard, Senior Director Public
Affairs and Sustainable Development, (514) 872-3262,