Cycling into the Centre of Montréal
|Web post date:||2005-06-20|
|Last updated on:||2005-06-20|
|When approaching a city as a touring cyclist, one faces a quandary as to which road to use.|
|Your research may have uncovered a cycling map on the Internet or a hard copy. The map may be useful in outlining a quite way for cycling into the city or may only show some intermittent, unconnected cycling facilities.|
|Usually, entering a city means finding the least crowded major streets and hoping that you won’t arrive during rush hour.|
|If the information is not the most useful, then a decision may be made to just avoid it all and bypass the city, the frustration with cycling in heavy traffic, the uncertainty of where to go, the annoyance of finding accommodations, and points of interests.|
|The loss for not continuing into the city will be the city’s, as touring cyclists are purchasers of services and goods from the local economy which tends to employ significant number of people in jobs requiring less skills.|
|Now, the cyclists may be from afar (nationally, continental, or global), or from within the province, or from the region. Some may be people living in one municipality wishing to explore another municipality within the GVRD.|
Too much frustration of where to go, too much uncertainty, the prospect of facing traffic.
|The decision may be not to go at all.|
Valley Greenway (CVG) provides such an opportunity for an easy, continuous,
low motorized vehicular conflict ride into downtown
|For the CVG
to become a path that will draw touring and other cyclists to
|It will need to deliver the features that touring cyclists, from day trippers to long distance tourists, look for in planning routes and recommending cycling areas to other cyclists.|
|It will need to be designed right from the onset, avoiding developing a negative reputation to cyclists.|
June (2005-06-08) I enjoyed the cycle into Downtown Montréal. Well, actually
the experience started on Tuesday at Morrisburg located about 170 km to
the west in
From Morrisburg, at least half of the cycle was on off-road bike paths and on-shoulder bike paths. Then, for some of the way there was a mixture of on-road bike lanes, on-road physically separated two-way bike lanes, on-sidewalk two-way bike lanes and bike routes.
On-road cycling with either a paved shoulder of varying width or with no paved shoulder only accounted for about 30 to 50 or so kilometres. Then, about 14 kilometres of that distance was on a very low used service road to the very busy MacDonald-Cartier Expressway (Hwy #401).
From Morrisburg to Montréal the base infrastructure of a very cycling friendly approach to the city is in placed which would attract one to cycle there. Hopefully, with time the infrastructure will be expanded so that the full distance to the city will be with cycling facilities and preferably with bike paths.
|Morrisburg||Chrysler Farm Park||Bike lanes primarily in country|
|Chrysler Farm Park||Long Sault||On-road cycling with paved shoulder of varying width or with no paved shoulders|
|Long Sault||Cornwall||Off-road path|
|Cornwall||Lancaster||Bike lanes with rumple strips|
|Lancaster||Provincial Line||No paved shoulders|
|Provincial Line to||La Riviere-Baudette||Paved shoulders|
|La Riviere-Baudette||Soulanges Canal Bike Path||Two-Way Bike Lanes physically separated from traffic lanes|
|Soulanges Canal Bike Path||Hwy 20 and Bridges on to L'Isle de Montreal||On-road biking, no paved shoulders|
|Hwy 20 - First Bridge||General traffic lane reassigned and physically separated for cycling|
|Hwy 20 between Bridges||Wide paved shoulders - 3 metres plus|
|Hwy 20 - Second Bridge||On-sidewalk walking or cycling unless very confident cyclists, then on-road.|
|From Hwy 20||through Beaconfield and Pointe Claire||Combination of Bike Route, Bike Lanes, Two-Way Bike Lanes on Road, and on-Road Cycling with no facilities|
|Lachine||Montreal||Off-Road Bike Path|
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