Last month I went to Montreal for a long weekend, and the city’s bicycle infrastructure blew my mind.
Protected. Bike lanes. Everywhere!
Never. Empty. Bikeshare docks!
It felt like the alternative history of the United States, in which the goal of urban planning is to improve people’s quality of life, not move cars quickly.
Like many cities that developed innovative transportation infrastructure earlier than others, Quebecers feel that Montreal’s bike infrastructure – developed in the 1980s – has stalled. “People here ride bikes in spite of the infrastructure,” Zvi Leve, a transportation expert affiliated with the Montreal Bike Coalition, told me. “Even simple things, like keeping the paint on the ground for bike lanes, are difficult.”
But Montreal is still worlds ahead of most North American cities: and there are a lot of small solutions that our cities can learn from their bike infrastructure.
So here are three of those “small” features of Montreal’s bike infrastructure that make biking in Montreal so easy.
Signs that tell cyclists where the bike lane continues
Biking in most North American cities consists of a game of “Where Did the Bike Lane Go?”
It’s difficult to see if the bike lane continues past the next intersection – or if it ends in the middle of the block while you’re riding it, forcing you into traffic. This uncertainty makes biking a new route difficult.
In Montreal, these handy, intuitive signs (pictured below) eliminate guesswork by indicating where the bike lane continues – so you know exactly what you’re riding into in any direction.
Click here to read the full article: https://mobilitylab.org/2018/08/20/3-small-but-important-things-montreals-bike-infrastructure-gets-right/