Today is a day for Quebec motorcyclists to rejoice. Beginning on this day, riders can take their bikes for a spin legally, without the fear of being ticketed for just being on the road.
If you’re unfamiliar with Quebec’s winter tire law (read question 3), it was introduced two years ago to reduce the amount of snow-related automobile accidents by mandating use of winter tires on all passenger vehicles between December 15th and March 15th. That’s all passenger vehicles, including motorcycles.
No tire manufacturer produces DOT-approved winter tires for motorcycles, which means that regardless of weather or road conditions, motorcycles must stay off Quebec roads during the four months that these tire restrictions are in place or risk a $200-$300 fine.
However, Quebec motorcyclists shouldn’t celebrate by plugging those batteries back in just yet. Post-winter road conditions in the province are so poor, riders might want to reconsider leaving their bikes parked awhile longer.
Wheel-bashing potholes are so bad in the province, one driver reportedly got knocked out after her airbag deployed following an encounter with one of Montreal’s nefarious pavement wounds.
The City of Montreal announced on Monday that it will pour $2.5 million on top of what boroughs pitch in to repair the 35,000 to 50,000 potholes that appear annually. This is the city’s fourth pothole intervention this season.
According to Costa Mouzouris, who has lived in Montreal for more than four decades, this amount is trivial compared to what is really needed to cure the city of these springtime safety hazards. The potholes won’t go away unless the City takes an active plan to resurface the damaged roads, and not just fill in the potholes with tar and gravel, as is done several times each year.
Many road crews don’t even bother to pat down the asphalt mix, but rather ride in the back of trucks and shovel the concoction into the gaping holes, allowing passing cars to level it out. These patches last barely a couple of months and need constant refurbishing.
According to a report on the CBC, the average repair cost per pothole is $20. It’s quite obvious that a $20 fix is not meant to last.
After watching this revealing report from Global News,
Quebec riders might want to hold still—or invest in a dual-sport bike with lots of suspension travel.