Montréal, cycling city par excellence

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May 9, 2013 - Montréal is a cycling city, through and through. Wheeling about in Montréal is a hobby, a sport, and a way to commute (even in the winter). And if the accolades such as ranking 5th in the list of North America’s best bike cities by Outside Magazine (2012) or the number of cyclists speeding by in any given neighbourhood wasn’t any indication, our 600-km network of biking paths demonstrate the city’s commitment to safe and enjoyable pedalling.

 

BIXI

It’s a bike, it’s a taxi, it’s BIXI! Montréal’s own self-serve bike rental service, BIXI features 5,520 bikes in 450 stations located conveniently across the island, available 24/7 from April to November. Incredibly popular, BIXI now rolls in several major cities around the world.

 

Guided tours and itineraries

One of the best ways to visit Montréal is by bike. Operators offer a wide variety of guided tours led by local experts eager to share their knowledge of city cuisine, architecture, neighbourhoods and more. Or, if you prefer to explore Montréal on your own, simply rent a bike and follow a DIY itinerary, complete with directions, landmarks and other interesting information.

 

Cycling Festivals & Events

Montréal is no stranger to major sporting events, and cycling is no exception. Le Festival Go Vélo MTL, or the Go Bike MTL Festival, rolls into (and around) town each year at the beginning of June. Riders of all ages and abilities take to the streets, many of which are closed to motorists, to tour their beloved isle by day or by night along circuits ranging from 25 to 100 km in length.

 

Come September, some of the greatest names in cycling vie for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and de Québec. One of only two North American stops on the prestigious UCI Pro Tour, which, incidentally, includes the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, the gruelling – and infamous -  205.7-km Mount Royal circuit is no petty feat, with no less than 17 climbs up the mountain!