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The 10 Montreal intersections cyclists say are most dangerous

Near crash between a cyclist crossing a road at green phase and an approaching car
Published: 25 June 2024

This spring, over 1,500 cyclists participated in a survey by Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) to identify dangerous intersections for cyclists in Montreal. A new policy brief reveals the 10 most mentioned spots.

The researchers say there is a critical need for safer cycling infrastructure, to promote sustainable travel and prevent fatal collisions caused by poor road design.

“Intersections are the most vulnerable areas for crashes involving cyclists, pedestrians and cars. The ones highlighted in this survey need to be redesigned to improve safety and comfort for everyone,” said Hisham Negm, a TRAM Research Assistant and PhD student in McGill’s School of Urban Planning. “Designing for cycling is not solely about adding bike lanes. To ensure safety for all road users and ease of movement for cyclists, these lanes must be well-designed and connected.”  

Most dangerous intersections for cyclists

1. Ontario & Berri 

2. Parc & Mont-Royal 

3. Saint-Joseph Est & D’Iberville 

4. Papineau & Crémazie 

5. De Maisonneuve & Décarie 

6. De Maisonneuve & Berri 

7. Saint-Urbain & Président-Kennedy 

8. Sainte-Croix & Côte-de-Liesse 

9. Dickson & Notre-Dame 

10. De la Vérendrye & De l’Église 

Policy recommendations

  • Analyze zones where bicycles come into conflict with vehicles and pedestrians to identify reasons for collisions and near-misses.
  • Collect and study the preferred routes taken by cyclists. 
  • Redesign the dangerous intersections to prioritize safety and ease of movement, proactively preventing crashes. 
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