A four-way intersection on the Lachine Canal bike path near the Atwater Market is raising concerns among cyclists, pedestrians and residents. They say a lack of clear signs is making the busy intersection dangerous.
“It is indeed a pretty sketchy intersection, I would say,” said Chloe Selerier, who often bikes through the area.
“There is a lot of congestion in this particular intersection,” said area resident Ryan Peters.
As people cross the bridge from the Atwater Market, they’re supposed to be walking their bikes but many don’t. Others come up from Saint-Patrick street from the south, and in the east-west direction, it’s a constant flow of speedy cyclists.
There are stop signs painted on the ground, but they’re faded. They go unseen or ignored by most.
“I don’t really see anyone actually noticing them,” Selerier told Global News.
There are also warning signs 50 metres up the path, but it seems by the time cyclists get to the intersection they’ve forgotten all about them.
Commuters want to see something more done to make it clear that people need to be careful.
“At least a sign that’s more marked for sure can help,” suggested Selerier.
The canal is run by Parks Canada so any change would have to come not from the city but the federal government.
In a statement, Parks Canada spokesman Simon Boiteau told Global News they are “currently conducting a needs assessment … to improve signage on the Lachine Canal path,” and that “work will begin in phases in the coming weeks.”