The CDN-NDG borough will be creating a working group to develop its proposed winter policy.
The winter policy will complement the healthy lifestyles policy by promoting year-round physical activity.
The centre city and the borough are counting on the help of community partners and recreational associations already offering winter sports and activities.
The City is investing in arenas and sports centres in the borough to improve services during the winter months, but there have been calls from residents for the promotion of more outdoor activities during the winter, says the borough document.
The working group will be mandated to propose a winter policy and will be chaired by Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand, who proposed the idea at the Nov. 15 special borough council meeting.
“Winter is a reality for three to four months each year in Montreal. We get requests from time to time. Can we extend the services?” he said, noting that some citizens want more cross-country skiing opportunities in the borough.
Rotrand promised that the work group will present a draft report at the end of August dealing with questions such as “ruelles blanches” or winter alleys, the possibility of a long-term strategy for outdoor rinks, as well as winter cycling and snow removal on bicycle lanes.
NDG councillor Peter McQueen was asked to chair the biking committee, but the request was declined due to other obligations, according to Rotrand.