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As gas prices spike, Montreal’s bike culture seen as model for rest of the country

As gas prices spike, Montreal’s bike culture seen as model for rest of the country

WATCH: Trudeau says Canada ‘committed’ to phasing out fuel subsidies amid questions on inflation – May 18, 2022 Montrealer Olivia Collette sold her car in…

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WATCH: Trudeau says Canada ‘committed’ to phasing out fuel subsidies amid questions on inflation – May 18, 2022 Montrealer Olivia Collette sold her car in 2016 and hasn’t looked back.

Collette, a communications consultant living in central Montreal , said getting around using a bicycle, a car-sharing service or a transit pass has not only saved her money, it’s often more enjoyable.

“When it’s sunny and warm, it’s really pleasant,” Collette said of her bicycle commutes. “It’s a really pleasant way of going from A to B.” Cyclists make their way down the REV, Reseau Express Velo, on St-Denis street during the morning commute in Montreal on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Collette said that while getting around Montreal isn’t difficult without a personal vehicle, she’s not sure doing so would be as easy in many other Canadian cities. And with the soaring cost of gasoline and new vehicles, urban transit experts say the rest of Canada should look to Montreal for lessons on how to boost cycling culture.

Stein van Oosteren, spokesperson for a Paris-based cycling association, says the time is right for Canadian cities to make big gains in changing the way people move around.

Van Oosteren, who grew up in the Netherlands before moving to France, said the rise of cycling in both countries was partially driven by high gas prices.

At the beginning of the 1970s, “the Netherlands was like Canada today: a car-centric country, where the car was the foundation of transport, and it was very unpleasant and dangerous to […]

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