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Not Without My Bike

Published on
January 19, 2017
Getting a burst of energy, getting some fresh air, and most of all, having fun! Winter biking is more and more popular.

Choose your path

In Montréal, the year-round bike path features more than 430 km, which represents 55 per cent of the entire bike path network (788 km).

There are several types of bike paths available (which the city clears of snow): designated roadway, bike lane, on-street bike path, sidewalk-level bike path, multi-purpose trail, bike street. To find bike routes near you, check out the map of the year-round network.

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Montréal loves winter biking

Biking has become increasingly popular over the past few years, with 1.2 million trips recorded (on the bike network with counters alone) during the winter of 2015-2016. This represents a 38% increase in trips from the previous winter. This is maybe one of the reasons for The Winter Cycling Congress taking place in Montréal February 8-10, 2017. Some 300 attendees from Europe, the United States and Canada are expected. 

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Preparing to bike!

Want to take your bike out of the shed and join the fun? Wintertime biking means preparation. Safety is the most important concern. You don't want to have a problem when it's -10C. Basic safety rules apply, and you must be sure to:

  • Make sure you're visible: the sun goes down early in the wintertime.
  • Pay attention to snow removal operations: Snow removal trucks can't see us
  • Check your gear: Make sure nothing's rusty!

What should you wear? Which bike is best? Studded or spiked tires? Check out the winter biking tips on Vélo Québec's Web site.

Indoor winter biking

Ever heard of spinning or aqua-spinning? It's a fun (and full!) workout on two wheels, indoors and away from the winter chill. Courses are available in several boroughs. Call 311 or check-out the directory of municipal facilities.