Just months after being named the "Best Cycling City in North America," Montreal citizens are calling on the city to better the cycling infrastructure.\nWhile there's no question that Montreal offers up a lot for those of us that like to opt for two-wheeled transportation, but that doesn't mean there still isn't a lot of room for improvement.\nThe major issue that Montreal faces now, as a "Cycling City," is that in creating space for cyclists, you must also be prepared for an increase in cyclists. Seems logical, but it takes time.\nThe major problem that cyclists in Montreal are facing nowadays is the sheer volume of bikes on the road, particularly at peak rush-hour times of day.\nThe video below highlights the issue perfectly:\nTypical AM bicycle flow on Saint Urbain. More than 25 cyclists waiting for the light to change, at the corner of Prince Arthur (vastly outnumbering the cars). Painted bike lanes are not a good solution on arterials. Let's replace with a left side protected lane #projetmontreal pic.twitter.com/knveP6oB1T— David Beitel (@beitel_david) June 7, 2019\nDavid Beitel is currently researching pedestrian and cyclist safely and flows at McGill and he took this video on Saint Urbain where cyclists outnumber the cars but are constricted to the small bike lane.\nREAD ALSO: The Water Quality At Verdun Beach Is Often So Bad No One Can Go Swimming\nA subsequent video, taken a couple weeks later shows the same issue on Parc, at evening rush hour. The issue here is not only the cyclist congestion but also other issues presented by the intersection.\nYesterday, during the afternoon rush hour, I was one of more than 40 cyclists waiting to cross Pine at Ave du Parc. Some cyclists could not clear the intersection during the green phase. Many cycling corridors are operating close to capacity at peak period! More paths! #Montreal pic.twitter.com/UfyFt8HCay— David Beitel (@beitel_david) July 18, 2019\nBeitel explains, "I think it shows a few issues. Firstly, bicycle flows on our cycling infrastructure continue to rise; at peak period cyclists face congestion just as motorists and transit users do.\nSecondly, traffic signals phasing (the amount of time devoted to each direction of travel) needs updating at many intersections to reflect growing cyclist traffic and vulnerable user safety.\nIf the city wants to promote cycling and walking, more bike paths and better signal phasing for cyclists and [pedestrians] are a good way to start."\nOn his blog, CycleMontreal.org, Beitel presents several examples of cities that are doing it right.\nDavis Enterprise\nOne in particular that caught my eye was a "protected intersection" - the first of its kind in North America - which has been built in California and can be seen above.\nThe protected intersection allows for more visibility of cyclists, but also protects cyclists from rampant right-turns, often the cause of vehicle-cycle collisions.\nThere's no question that Montreal is bike-friendly... but it's time to take it to the next level. Let's make it official. Montreal needs to enter into a real romance with cycling infrastructure, so we see fewer stories like this...\n'I literally flew over my bike face first': Cyclist suffers broken nose, 3 broken teeth after hitting pothole https://t.co/n8NNiKUhMP— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) July 24, 2019\nAnd more stories like this...\nEven the cats in Montreal travel by bike... pic.twitter.com/dqzHZ171Of— Dr Fi Crawford (@welsh_fi) July 25, 2019\nWhat would you change about your cycling experience in Montreal?\nLet us know by sending us a tweet @mtlblog.