Montreal police warn cyclists to stay off road at St-Denis underpass

Montreal police are warning cyclists who use a dangerous St-Denis Street underpass to stick to the sidewalk or face a ticket.

Cyclists say signs suggest using the sidewalk is optional

New signs at a dangerous St-Denis Street underpass encourage cyclists and pedestrians to share the sidewalk. (Jay Turnbull/CBC)

Police are warning cyclists using a dangerous St-Denis Street underpass to stick to the sidewalk or face a ticket.

Montreal police confirmed they have threatened to ticket cyclists who use the road that runs underneath the Des Carrières railroad overpass.

The borough of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie put up signs to indicate that cyclists and pedestrians can share the sidewalk, after a cyclist was struck and killed by a truck there last spring.

CBC reporter Kate McKenna went to the underpass on Friday morning and noticed most of the cyclists were using the road, despite the new signage.

Many of them told her they disagree with the police interpretation that they must use the sidewalk, seeing it more as an optional route.

"What we actually need is police officers helping us be more secure, not police officers giving us tickets," said cyclist Normand Landry.

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