August 16, 2012 – Summertime is riding time in Montréal, as everyone happily takes to the streets on hybrids, 10-speed, mountain, hand-powered and recumbent bikes, not to mention tandems and unicycles. With 560 km of paths, the public bike system (BIXI) plus some brand new paths leading right downtown, Montréal makes it easy to get back on the saddle.
With over 300 stations scattered strategically throughout the city, the BIXI self-service bike-sharing phenomenon has taken Montréal by storm! Residents and visitors alike hop aboard to pedal, depositing the BIXI at their destination. Convenient, ecological, healthy and fun: what other method of transportation can flaunt so many benefits?
You don't have to be a daredevil to be a part of this city's cycling scene. Montréal is a bonafide bike town, and the proof is in our pedal power. In fact, some of North America's major cycling events and activities take place on Montréal's streets. For example, in signature Montréal style, there is a festival dedicated to cycling: the Montréal Bike Fest draws thousands of avid cyclists each year. One of the highlights of the festival is the popular Tour de l’Île, where some 50 km of roadway is cleared for over 3,000 cyclists to ride around this wonderful island!
A number of bike shops also offer guided bike tours and rentals. Check out My Bicyclette along the Lachine Canal or Montréal on Wheels in Old Montréal for some great two-wheeled city tours.