Whether you have your own bike or you’re a loyal BIXI customer, we can all agree there’s nothing like riding a bicycle in Montreal on a hot summer day. Now, our bicycle-friendliness is getting more international recognition. CNN Travel has included Montreal in its list of "10 of the best cities in the world to see while riding a bicycle."
Montreal was the only Canadian metropolis to make the list.
"This bilingual city, set on an island in the St. Lawrence River, has embraced bicycles in a big way," CNN’s Forrest Brown wrote.
The writer praised our city for its decades-old commitment to green mobility and for the gradual expansion of the Réseau Express Vélo (REV), the network of protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares — a signature accomplishment of the administration of Mayor Valérie Plante.
He also noted the cycling network connections to the city’s biggest parks, such as Parc Jean-Drapeau and Parc Maisonneuve, and gave a shoutout to the popular Lachine Canal route through the Sud-Ouest, LaSalle and Lachine.
The one challenge he mentioned was possible bike lane obstructions during periods of heavy snow, despite the city’s attempts to better clear paths for winter cyclists .
The only other city in North America to make the ranking was San Francisco.Here’s CNN Travel’s full list of the best cities to see while riding a bike: Antwerp, Belgium Bern, Switzerland Copenhagen, Denmark Leipzig, Germany Melbourne, Australia Montreal, Canada San Francisco, California Strasbourg, France Tel Aviv, Israel Utrecht, Netherlands Montreal also ranks 16th out of 90 […]
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