Citizens of the Laurentians revolt against the paving of a bicycle trail is very popular, and demand that the project be stopped on-the-field.
“I’m really angry, loose the ex-moderator and resident of Val-David, Bernard Derome, a member of the committee for the protection of the P’tit Train du Nord. It should not be that Val-David to become another Saint-Sauveur and the trail of the P’tit Train du Nord turns into a highway. “
Each year, a million users along the linear park of the Laurentides, according to the director of the corporation du P’tit Train du Nord, Jean-Sébastien Thibault.
A little more than 150 km 234 are paved. The rest is still in rock dust.
The project, led by the corporation and the MRC des Laurentides is designed for coating bitumen on a stretch of 16 km between Val-Morin and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
The residents of Val-David, which is located in the heart of the section that must be transformed, have been informed of this three weeks ago. Work must begin on the 17th of August.
“The meaning of the act, it was not required to make public consultation “, slice the director-general of the MRC, Nancy Pelletier.
More than 80 % of the citizens and of the users are against the paving, reports, however, the co-spokesperson of the committee for the protection of the P’tit Train du Nord, Isabelle Mougeot.
“3500 people have signed our petition “, said the resident.
Good for the economy
According to the MRC des Laurentides, the bitumen will, among other things, increase the ridership of 30 to 40 %. “The economic aspect is undeniable,” says the director of Environment and Parks, Nicolas Joly.
“There is a lot of pedestrian traffic and family. The track runs through the heart of the village. With the paving, the risk of accident will be higher, ” warns the citizen Daniel Hogue, also a member of the protection committee.
The citizens fear that the track is overrun by scooters, and electric bikes and the speed is greatly increased.
They require an independent study and then a referendum.
A demonstration in opposition to the paving takes place Saturday at Val-David, 11-h.