Across Canada, people’s movements are constrained by railways in inhabited areas. The lack of safe crossings is a major barrier to residents’ mobility, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.
The rail companies, such as Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN), can block the construction of safe crossings;
In Montreal, CP has repeatedly refused to allow the crossings proposed by the City of Montreal. The City of Montreal entered into mediation with the Canadian Transportation Agency, but this effort failed;
CN also makes moving between different neighbourhoods complicated, especially in Pointe St. Charles, where overpasses are too few and unsafe to promote active transportation; and
In Toronto, in British Columbia and elsewhere in the country, accessibility is seriously limited by railways and a lack of safe crossings for cyclists and pedestrians. For example, the closure of a bridge over the Kicking Horse River is hurting the local whitewater rafting industry.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to allow railways to be crossed by new, safe and well-defined level crossings and foot bridges that encourage active transportation.
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