QUEBEC CITY, May 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, May 27, CAA-Quebec and
the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal are out in the street, at
Rue Cherrier and Avenue du Parc-La Fontaine in downtown Montreal. Their
goal is to raise awareness among road users of the importance of
observing best practices when it comes to traffic safety. For the
occasion, CAA-Quebec is even offering cyclists free minor tune-ups to
CAA-Quebec is proud to be part of the bicycle safety patrols being
conducted by Montreal police as part of the 100% vigilant awareness campaign, organized jointly with partners the City of
Montreal Transportation Department, the Société de transport de
Montréal, and the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.
For CAA-Quebec, being on the scene near a cycle path, pedestrian
crosswalks and high-traffic streets during rush hour is a way to make
real-time observations of co-existence among the various groups of road
users, which is characteristic of a city like Montreal.
"We chose the intersection of Cherrier and Parc-La Fontaine because it's
very representative," explains Yvon Lapointe, CAA-Quebec's Director of
Road Safety Education, adding: "We'll be able to meet with many
pedestrians and cyclists and talk to them about their visions of
traffic safety. We hope that by being out in the street like this, we
can get people thinking and exploring possible solutions to maximize
safety for all users."
The importance of bicycle maintenance
CAA-Quebec specialists will be offering basic repair services to
cyclists passing through the area, to ensure their bikes are in good
condition. Whether it's an improper seat or handlebar position or a
poorly oiled chain, quick fixes will be provided free of charge for the
"While our primary task today is to raise awareness among all users of
the importance of road sharing, we wanted to add a little something
extra for cyclists. We'll also be handing out reflective armbands as
visibility aids," Mr. Lapointe adds. CAA-Quebec also reminds the public
that it upgraded its Roadside Assistance offering to members in 2012 to
include Bike Assist service.
Conflicting opinions, worrisome statistics
An October 2013 survey by CAA-Quebec found 52% of cyclist respondents
believe motorists to be not at all respectful or not very respectful.
Among motorists, meanwhile, 64% rated cyclists' behaviour as unsafe or
not very safe.
"These results show the duality that sometimes exists across two groups
of users," Mr. Lapointe concludes. "The thing is, almost all of us are
motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at various times. That's why it's
so important to remind everyone of the basic rules so we can all
coexist safely." In 2013 on City of Montreal territory, 742 cyclists
were involved in road accidents, and 105 others were victims of
"dooring." During the same period in Quebec City, 155 cyclists were
involved in accidents.
CAA-Quebec's road safety experts, accompanied by SPVM officers, will be
present from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Rue Cherrier and
Avenue du Parc-La Fontaine. The police department's bicycle safety
patrol operations, meanwhile, continue through June 5, 2014. For more
details, see the awareness campaign calendar on the SPVM website, www.spvm.qc.ca.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1,270,000 members.
For further information:
Assistant Director, Research and Public Affairs
418 624-2424, ext. 2418
Cell.: 418 580-1633