Pedestrians and cyclists

Bicycle Path on the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure

pietons-et-cyclistes-1The ice control structure is 2,043 m long and extends west to east between Île des Sœurs and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The ice control structure is open to pedestrians and cyclists from April to October and connects the Île des Sœurs bicycle path network to the path on the seaway dike.

The new dedicated path is 3 m wide and have a surface made of lightweight and durable material. An LED street light system will considerably improve lighting quality while decreasing energy consumption.

Opening Hours

Note that you can access the bicycle path on the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure as per the rules and opening dates and times of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, which manages the network. If you have any questions about this schedule, please contact the administration of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.

Jacques Cartier Bridge Multipurpose Path and Sidewalk

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The Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose path and sidewalk are currently closed.

The multipurpose path and sidewalk cross the St. Lawrence River and seaway at Île Sainte-Hélène over a distance of 2,725 m. The Corporation keeps the multipurpose path and sidewalk open for as long as possible until weather conditions make them unsafe to use.

As we are sensitive to the increasing demand for a safe year-round corridor for active transportation between Longueuil and Montreal, the Corporation will conduct a pilot winter-maintenance project on the multipurpose path this year.

This pilot project, which will be carried out between Longueuil and Île Sainte-Hélène, will analyze the effectiveness and impact of non-conventional winter maintenance solutions, such as heating systems and deicing products. Since the path does not have a protective surface, it is difficult to spread deicing salts on it without harming the bridge structure. The Corporation will also analyze the effectiveness and impact of more conventional snow removal equipment that is better suited to the path’s conditions.

Note that maintenance of the path is a major challenge given the weather conditions above the river (black ice is common), environmental restrictions related to snow removal (dirty snow cannot be dumped into the river), the risk of falling ice from the steel superstructure, splashing from traffic lanes, and the path’s geometry and isolated areas.

The multipurpose path and sidewalk must also be closed this winter for work to replace guard rails and safety fencing. Since the work involves the temporary removal of some guard rail sections, the path must be completely closed to ensure worker and user safety. About 500 sections of guard rail will be replaced over the winter.

From December 20, 2017 to April 13, 2018, winter cycling enthusiasts can take the Vélo-Bus Jacques-Cartier shuttle offered by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) in partnership with JCCBI. During peak hours, the Vélo-Bus Jacques-Cartier runs every twenty minutes between the Longueuil terminus and Papineau metro. For more information, visit the RTL website.

FAQ

Why can’t we use the path if snow will be cleared?

The Corporation will conduct a winter-maintenance pilot project on the path between Longueuil and Île Sainte-Hélène. Over the winter, we’ll also replace guard rails along the entire multipurpose path. The path must therefore be kept closed to ensure the safety of users and workers.

However, winter cycling enthusiasts can take the Vélo-Bus Jacques-Cartier offered by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) in partnership with JCCBI. For more information, visit the RTL website.

What type of products will be tested during the pilot project?

The Corporation will test a heated surface and analyze the performance of different deicing products and their impact on the path’s surface. The products that will be tested include two types of liquid deicers, a granular deicer and wood chips. JCCBI conducted a thorough analysis of available products before choosing which ones would be tested. Some products were not selected due to their:

  • Potential to deteriorate the bridge structure
  • Potential to pollute the river if discharged into the water
  • Volatility on a surface with windy conditions
  • Negative impact on bicycle tire grip on the path

Mechanical snow removal will also be tested with a vehicle that fits the path’s non-conventional dimensions.

Are you going to release the results from the testing?

Once the pilot project is finished, the Corporation will issue a report on the results of the testing during winter 2017-2018.

If the pilot project is successful, will the path and sidewalk be opened next winter? What happens if the tests are inconclusive?

As a responsible manager, the Corporation’s priority is to ensure the safety of all users. This means that the Corporation will first review the recommendations issued from the pilot project and will then release its plan.

Why are you replacing the guard rails?

Work on the guard rails includes replacing sections with traces of corrosion and making improvements to the barriers, concrete panels, joint cover plates and electrical lines along the path and sidewalk. This work is to ensure the safety of people who use these active transportation lanes.

The Corporation planned this work for the winter to limit the impact during periods when the weather is nice and when use of the multipurpose path and sidewalk is high.

When will the multipurpose path and sidewalk be reopened to users?

The path and sidewalk will reopen as soon as the weather and surface conditions are favourable and considered safe for walking and cycling.

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Can I help with the winter testing?

For the pilot project, the Corporation is turning to the members of the advisory committee for the Jacques Cartier Bridge bicycle path. A workshop and different meetings have been planned so that we can also benefit from the experience of the wider pedestrian and cyclist community.

Is there an alternative for cyclists who take the path at rush hour since we aren’t allowed in the metro with our bicycles?

From December 20, 2017 to April 13, 2018, winter cycling enthusiasts can take the Vélo-Bus Jacques-Cartier shuttle offered by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) in partnership with JCCBI. During peak hours, the Vélo-Bus Jacques-Cartier runs every twenty minutes between the Longueuil terminus and Papineau metro. For more information, visit the RTL website.