26 May 2000
M. Rolland Dion, Commissaire
c/o Municipalité de Pontiac
2024 route 148,
Pontiac J0X 2G0
Dear M. Dion
Thank you for meeting me and other members of the Association des Riverains CP Rail last Wednesday. We were very happy to hear that a study will be carried out within the next few months to determine the best routes for bicycle trails connecting trails in MRC Pontiac, Aylmer and Gatineau Park.
While this study is underway and following the successful opening of the PPJ Cycloparc, we could proceed immediately with a pilot project from Wyman to Quyon, using MacKechnie, Clarendon, St. John and Onslow as chaussées designées. (see map below).
This route is already paved, it carries little traffic, and is not a high speed road. According to the Ministère des transports, the only modifications required to make it a chaussée designée would be signs, and pictograms of a bicycle painted on the route at intervals to remind drivers and cyclists that they share the same roadway. (see Partageons la route).
At minimal cost our municipality would have a designated bicycle route connecting the PPJ Cycloparc to Quyon (and on to Ontario by the Quyon ferry), as a first stage for future links to other trails. This would immediately benefit the people of Quyon and the whole municipality of Pontiac, as well as the neighbouring municipalities in MRC Pontiac.
1 The study of the 2 km Queens Park section of former rail-line in Aylmer has been used as a guideline for requirements and costs. Aylmers projected cost is at least $100,000 per km.