Southern West Island Police crack down on sports cyclists

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Southern West Island Police crack down on sports cyclists, Commander Sébastien de Montigny, PDQ 1, PDQ 5, Cyclists, Spandex, Green Route 5, Rhonda Massad,

by Rhonda Massad

The first of several planned awareness initiatives by Police Station (PDQ) 1 and 5 took place on June 4. More than 260 cyclists were verbally advised that there will be a crack down on sports cyclists who do not abide by the Quebec Highway Safety Code.

At the Beaconsfield public council meeting, on June 20, Commander Sébastien de Montigny of Station 1 indicated that there would be three to four more initiatives taking place this summer in the southern cities of the West Island that include the cyclist path, Green Route # 5 on its territory. Green Route #5 runs along the waterfront attracting many cyclists in the region. The dangers of pedestrians, bikers and motorists sharing the road has become a common complaint in recent years as bikers speeds are on the rise, while they appear to ride with little regard for street signs and road laws.

PDQ 1 and 5 comprise the cities of Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, Senneville, Baie d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Pointe-Claire and Dorval.

According to Montigny, the upcoming initiatives will not be giving out warnings but fines in the form of tickets for those not respecting the rules of the road.

“Cyclists and cars need to share the road,” he stated. “We have advised Velo Quebec as well as major cycling clubs to let them know what we are up to. This should not come as a surprise.”

Offending cyclists will be forced to produce their driver’s license as identification and will be fined as would a motor vehicle. Those without a driver’s license will need to give their name, address and birthdate. Minors are also subject to the maximum fines of $119.

“The message we would like to send is that cyclists and motor vehicles need to be more careful while the share the road,” he explained. “It is a question of judgement and Savoir Vivre.”

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    • They actually do not need a license – “Offending cyclists will be forced to produce their driver’s license as identification and will be fined as would a motor vehicle. Those without a driver’s license will need to give their name, address and birthdate. Minors are also subject to the maximum fines of $119.”

    • it’s because if you have a driver’s license on record with the SAAQ you will lose demerit points for bicycling offences from the same pool as your driving demerit points. both are vehicles operated on the road according to the SAAQ. if you don’t have a driver’s license on record I believe you still get demerit points they just don’t do anything, but either way you get fined and they’re on record. pretty crazy to think that you could end up losing your driving privileges from biking, but I guess that’s why they call it a privilege and not a right.

    • Those who have a driver’s license will have to show their driver’s license. Those who don’t have a driver’s license will have to give their name and their date of birth. Read the story.

  1. I’ve been riding a road bike for sport for over 50 years. It’s not the cyclists that the police should crack down upon but rather the car drivers that have a poor attitude towards cyclists and try to squeeze cyclists off the road, hoping it will teach them a lesson. With more and more people adopting the sport of cycling every year, the conditioning program the police are doing should be aimed at car drivers and the lack of sharing the road with cyclists.

  2. It’s about time at the police started cracking down. But it’s not just Sports cyclists. It’s all cyclists that need to be aware of the rules of the road and their obligations while using the roads.

    I’ve been a cyclist for 43 years and I’ve never broken the law and I’ve never had an accident and it absolutely pisses me off when I see all the jerks on bikes who are giving us responsible cyclists a bad rap.

    • In fact as my road cycling get faster and faster the less likely I am outside riding in the mid day plus I am more likely to follow the rules since my speed make other enjoying cyclist felt I am more of a car than a bicycle.

      So far only the third year, but certainly if I did failed to stop completely at stop sign I would raise my hand and apologize whether there is a driver waiting at the sign or not.

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