Rosemère: An active, healthy and sustainable community
In a symbolic gesture, Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram and the members of Town Council arrived by bicycle at the press conference announcing the ambitious Active Mobility Project to be implemented over the next 10 years within the community and linking to the neighbouring municipalities of Laval, Boisbriand, Lorraine, Sainte-Thérèse and Blainville.
“The project we are announcing today is the culmination of much thought and deliberation between 2018 and 2020, in response to residents’ input during public consultations and their call for concrete action on active transportation,” said Mayor Westram. “We listened, and today we are unveiling an active mobility project that is directly in line with our sustainable development priorities. We will be improving the entire network of bike and multiuse paths in Rosemère to promote active transportation and to make it even safer and more convenient.”
To carry out and help cover the cost of this project, the Town of Rosemère will explore the various funding solutions available through the provincial and federal governments as well as the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). The required initial investment for Phase 1, running along Labelle Boulevard from Île Bélair Bridge to Grande-Côte Road will be $5.2 million, minus any funding received. The Town will make information about the other investments needed to implement this project in due course.
The term “active mobility” refers to forms of travel that are powered by human energy, with or without electric assistance, such as walking, jogging, cycling, inline skating, skateboarding, scootering and more.
The Town’s Active Mobility Project will be a multifaceted undertaking, featuring:
- The addition of a new network of multiuse paths on Labelle Boulevard and Grande-Côte Road, including a path that will run along Labelle Boulevard (Route 117) from Autoroute 640 to Laval.
- The linking of several existing bike paths to ensure better connectivity between various neighbourhoods, specifically around Labelle Boulevard, Autoroute 640 and Roland-Durand Boulevard and the Pineridge Sector where Rosemère and Blainville’s bike paths meet.
During the press conference, Mayor Westram emphasized the many rewards of active transportation, among them:
- Improved physical and mental health
- A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
- Less traffic congestion
- Better overall quality of life.
Given the long-term nature of the initiative, road users will be encouraged to visit the Active Mobility Project web page for more information and ongoing updates. A project video is also available on the page at www.ville.rosemere.qc.ca/active-mobility-project.