Montreal & Winter: Let’s Ride Bikes

Fight for your right to farthing.

Some people are lazier than others.  Some people (me) surf the internet for news on bicycles, while others get out there and make news themselves.  I was pleased to read in the comments section that Westmount (Montreal) has its very own Cyclists Association.  The WCA is hoping that it can help Westmount keep the Maisonneuve bike lane open all winter.  This is a laudable goal, and would be a big help for those of us who commute from the western neighbourhoods to downtown.

I’ve often wondered how long it will take until Montreal forms a city-wide cyclists union, like that in Toronto.  Though Montreal has done much more than Toronto to make the city bicycle friendly, there is still lots to do.  This becomes particularly evident in the winter months, as crucial bike lanes become parking spaces, and even separated/dedicated lanes (in some neighbourhoods) suffer from a lack of snow clearing.  However, it is also important to be thankful for the work that has been done.  Bike lanes in the downtown core are cleared fairly quickly after snow storms, which makes it easy to get around.  It only makes sense, then, that these facilities will extend into the outer boroughs as winter cycling becomes less about “being crazy” and more about the simple desire to ride year-round.

So, to the WCA: keep up the good work.  We need more like you.


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