After years of inconsistent development marked by poorly integrated additions to the network or flimsy and unsafe development, it was essential to offer the Montréal cycling network a structured vision and dedicated infrastructure. Over the past four years, Projet Montréal has established a real cycling plan, which takes into account the fact that cycling is now an essential component of transportation in Montréal. There are now safe bike lanes, like the Réseau express vélo, and links integrated into the existing network. These actions have made things safer and facilitated movement for cyclists and people using a mobility aid such as a wheelchair, but also for motorists, in particular by reducing the risk of usage conflicts.
a. Pursue the development of cycling infrastructure and consolidate the existing network, following the principle of “the right development in the right place,” in order to make cycling in the city accessible to people of all ages and abilities;
b. Focus on the development and enhancement of cycling culture in Montréal, in particular through the education of young cyclists and the implementation of an awareness and information campaign on road safety for all road users, including cyclists;
c. Upgrade the existing network in keeping with the best standards of comfort, safety and universal accessibility and according to the principles of complete streets;
d. Continue expanding the Réseau express vélo (REV) in consultation with local stakeholders and residents, and plan for the next steps as part of the consultation work for the urban development and mobility plan;
e. Integrate bicycle parking spaces into the city’s downtown and around subway, bus and train stations and other public transportation service points;
f. Implement a program to support the acquisition of family bikes, electric bikes and bikes adapted for people with a disability.