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Should the COVID-era ban on cycling in a Montreal park be permanent?

Should the COVID-era ban on cycling in a Montreal park be permanent?

Cyclists have been banned in Centennial Park since 2020, and some think the ban should end. April 20, 2022. Ever since its creation five decades…

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Cyclists have been banned in Centennial Park since 2020, and some think the ban should end. April 20, 2022. Ever since its creation five decades ago, Dollard-des-Ormeaux’s (DDO) Centennial Park was a favourite destination for cyclists in Montreal’s West Island.

That changed when COVID-19 hit.

“I used to ride my bike through here until the pandemic,” DDO resident Andy Menchaca recalled.

On May 7, 2020, DDO announced bikes would be temporarily banned in the park to make things safer for the influx of pedestrians seeking outdoor activities amid pandemic lockdowns.

Two years later, signs saying cyclists are not welcome still adorn all of the park’s entrances. Some, like resident Ronnie Peretz, believe it’s about time for cyclists to be allowed back into the city’s biggest green space.

“Kids love coming here with their bikes. It’s not safe to bike on the street, so definitely I recommend biking here,” Peretz told Global News.

While some trails in the park can get quite narrow, much of the network is fairly wide. Pedal Poll 2021 – Feb 15, 2022 Some believe there is plenty of room for both walkers and bikers, but others think the ban on biking in Centennial Park should be permanent.“There’s so many that just really don’t care,” Menchaca said of cyclists. “They buzz people, they cut them off, they don’t lean to the side to give passage.”Jessica Salvador agrees cyclists should not be allowed in the park, citing the large number of children and joggers who frequent the area.“They might have an accident,” she […]

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