If this past summer in Montreal was marked by one thing, it had to be the explosion of cyclists on the roads. Biking has never been so popular but with popularity comes criticism, especially from those who believe bikes and Montreal bike paths are the scourge of the Earth. \nAnd boy, did those people complain. A recent report released by the Ombudsman of Montreal (OdM) reveals that since May 2020, over 300 formal complaints from citizens were lodged against the city over biking and its related infrastructure. \nEditor's Choice: No, Your Scarf Does NOT Replace A Mask & Other Winter Tips From Montreal Health Officials\n\n\n“\n\n\nCitizens should not, under any circumstances, bear the cost of these logistical headaches.\n\n\nNadine Mailloux, Ombudsman of Montreal\n\n\n\nThe Ombudsman's report says that many of the complaints were against the management and purpose of projects such as the Réseau Express Vélo (REV) and the temporary Voies actives sécuritaires (VAS) bike paths. \nOf the over 300 complaints, 240 cases were investigated in-depth by the Ombudsman's office.\nAs a result, the OdM laid out 15 recommendations for the city to improve its planning, coordination, and implementation of bike paths for a harmonious coexistence with cars, pedestrians, and anything else you might find on the road. \nAmong the recommendations to the city are better coordination of large-scale projects like the VAS, improvement to its planning to factor in public transit and other forms of transport, and increased transparency between the city and citizens when outlining large projects like the REV.\n\nThis article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.