Sentiers Royal : Meeting and Fundraiser
On Tuesday September 2nd, there was a group meeting and a small fundraiser for Sentiers Royal at the LBS Atelier Grand Cycle. Gabriel Michaud, the 22 year-old student behind the organisation, thinks (and we agree) that nowadays the community is as ready as never for his project, which is creating legal bike trails on Mount-Royal.
We remember that in 2007-2008 there was a similar project called Bunny Hop. In a sense, Sentiers Royal is growing out of the ideas established by Bunny Hop, which was the creation of legal and durable mountain bike trails on the Mount-Royal. Back then, there was not a strong community of cyclists backing up the initiative and it did not fall through, people were not as involved as they are today.
However, lately people have been more receptive and supportive of this idea and this is why Gabriel took over and created Sentiers Royal. The project is running at full speed now, it’s the perfect time to join their Facebook group and sign the petition.
Gabriel talked about his plan, which is still in the working. He was accompanied by people from IMBA and from Velo Quebec, both working side by side with Sentiers Royal. Discussions also have already been held with a couple of people, like Les Amis de la Montagne, so the project is not starting from ground zero.
Gabriel’s arguments to support legal bike trails are ;
First off, people are currently riding on the Mont Royal, even if it’s illegal and that it can be harmful for the mountain. Even if the police is somewhat patrolling and giving tickets, the situation is still problematic. It’s not good for the mountain (the environmental and conservation aspect) and it isn’t great for the bikers. This has to change and Gabriel thinks the city has the right state of mind to be convinced, and the community is at it’s strongest.
Chat de Ruelle supports this initiative because we do think it’s a great idea and that it will ensure a more secure and efficient use of the mountain both for riders and pedestrians, while also being ecologically responsible.
What are your opinion on this issue?