Bike Montreal

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With 600 kilometers of bike trails (that’s about 370 miles for us metric-impaired Americans) Montreal is a tremendously bike friendly city. They’ve even imported Europe’s Bixi bike rental system, which is a great and inexpensive way to get around town. So it’s not surprising that some of our best biking thus far took place just a few kilometers from central Montreal on Îles-de-Boucherville.

The national park is comprised of five small islands in the Saint Lawrence River. A free ferry and several short bridges connect a 10 km gravel bike route that circles the island. Several other paths and slightly more rugged hiking trails branch out in various directions. Although just minutes from the city, the island feels remote, with spectacular water views and oceans of golden rod on either side of the trail.

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2 Comments on “Bike Montreal”

  1. Sidney Kaye May 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I love your web site however I believe your comment ” They’ve even imported Europe’s Bixi bike rental system,” is not correct.
    Bixi was created in Quebec and has been “imported” to several other cities around the World after seeing the success in Quebec. My wife and I spend Summers in Quebec and generally ride 1ooo to 1500 mile each Summer….on our own bikes.
    Here is a link to a recent article

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/04/29/bixi-bicycle-gift-to-royal-couple.html

    • Brian May 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      Welcome. Thanks for your comments.

      You are indeed correct that Bixi is of Quebec origin. What I meant to say was that Canada has imported Europe’s bike sharing concept (which predates Bixi by a couple of decades). Sorry for the error.

      “In 1974 the French city of La Rochelle launched a free bike-sharing program, Vélos Jaunes (Yellow Bikes), featuring unisex bicycles that were free to take and use. In terms of public usage and acceptance, it is regarded today as one of the first truly successful bike sharing programs.”

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