Camillien Houde - Les Espoirs website
Les Espoirs website has a nice page and pic of the legendary climb up Mount Royal's east side Houde (link)
Cycling inside and outside Montreal.
Les Espoirs website has a nice page and pic of the legendary climb up Mount Royal's east side Houde (link)
Where are they today?
But in the decade or so since the greater cycling world first discovered our city, local cycling advocates agree Montreal has fallen behind other large Canadian and American cities on the cycling front.The article provided a teaser: a big announcement about bike paths on Monday. A big re-announcement of 205 news, more likely. Well, to be generous, better late than never.
Outremont liberal MNA Raymond Bachand wants to see a bike path along the west flank of Mount Royal.
Sunday I went back to the nearby Chateauguay Valley for what I thought would be a relaxing flatland ride after the Laurentian hills of Saturday.
This year sees theinroduction of direction arrows on posts for cyclists. Typical cyclist behaviour is to ignore completely the lines painted on the ground.
This means bikes miss the bike route through the end-of-path intersection, and end up at some staircase to get to the path. Last year they painted lines, this year they installed signs. I hope it helps, because frankly, cycling seems to starve the brain of cyclists, causing complete ignorance.Video of this intersection (link).
Cycle Fun Montreal believes that all on-street intersections of bike path and street should be 4-way stops. The signs could instruct cyclists that is one after the other when it comes to stop signs. The first person at the stop sign goes first.
Most cyclists treat stop signs like green lights. But I am steadfast in my belief that some education will work for the majority of cyclists. Show respect for cyclists, and cyclists will show respect for trafc laws. (OK, this doesn't sound like the
So I propose that where the bike path crosses the street in the plateau, that these intersections are 4-way stops. That, additionally, info is posted on stop, then go after the other person goes. And finally, that the police ticket violaters.
Otherwise we have the massive disregard for traffic rules of the cycling population that seems to be normal. It is not normal, it's dangerous, and it's got to stop.
Accidents really suck. Have fun safely people.
Caution: attitude & "studipidity" follow, it's best to just not read this post!
Sometimes the piste cyclable is all there is—it’s the general purpose recreational path, so runners, cyclists, etc all share the path. This is ok, and it is part of the design of the path.
Other times, the bike path is installed NEXT TO THE SIDEWALK. And still runners choose to use the bike path for running.
Stupidity - the most common disease.
I conversed with a runner yesterday, and after I explained that the piste cyclable is for bicycles travelling at faster speeds than pedestrians and runners and slower than cars, and that this piste cyclable, located right beside the sidewalk, is for bikes. And could he please get of the piste cyclable and on to the sidewalk.
His response, ""I'll thnk about it."
Actually what he meant was "F*** you I ain't gonna move cuz I'm dumber than a ton of bricks. He was running frontwards, backwards, and sideways, running swinging his arms all about to get a good workout, and making himself a HUGE bike path danger.
His response to my gentle request to remove himself from the bike path? "I'll think about it." He didn't seem to have enough brain cells active enough to think about too much, is my opinion.
So, now that he is informed, is he stupid? Or Evil. It’s one of the two.
I know some cyclists are quite passive aggressive nasty, and they will ride as close to these idiot runners (note: not all cyclists, just the evil ones)
and I was concerned with his safety, and the safety of the hundred cyclists that are forced into the oncoming traffic lane to pass this doofus.
"I'll think about it." He means this is all the power he has, to F*** up cyclists, and he's going to use it.
I'll think about it."
I'll think about calling the cops, but of course, cycling safety is a one-week-a-year activity for local police.
Mount Royal has a new challenge.
In the year 2007 the Route Verte will be 4000 kilometres long!
To allow you to explore the various faces of the Route verte and learn about some of the technical aspects of its development, Vélo Québec is offering a technical tour, by bicycle, on the Route verte. This tour is designed for route planners or managers, or anyone interested in learning more about how the Route verte was developed. The 5-day touring workshop offers an opportunity to explore urban greenways in Montreal and Quebec City as well as the fields and forests of the Montérégie, Eastern Townships, Centre-du-Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. The bicycle outings range from 25 to 50 kilometres per day, to allow for breaks and technical discussions as well as picture-taking and site-seeing opportunities. (LINK)
Here's another link to information about this off road bicycle trail. (link)
Nouveau Sentier l'Inter-Vals
Depuis le 24 juin 2005, la nouvelle piste cyclable pour vélo de montagne reliant Saint-Donat à la Gare du P'tit train du nord sur la Route Verte à Sainte-Agathe est ouverte.Ce nouveau circuit débute dans le stationnement du Parc des pionniers. Il est d'une longueur totale de 38,7 kilomètres. Les 12 premiers kilomètres nous conduiront à la Base de plein air L'Interval et on comptera 24,3 kilomètres rendu à l'église de Sainte-Lucie. Une carte montrant le tracé et les dénivellations devrait être disponible sous peu.
Here's a follow up to the new rail-to-trail bike path in the Beauce from Vallée-Jonction to Lac Frontière.
Le patrimoine ferroviaire du
– Les chemins de fer d’interet local (CFIL) webpage (The Quebec rail heritage – local rail lines of interest) webpage (link) says that this line it is 126 km long. Quebec
126 km long?
That's a big amount of distance. Biiiiiiig.
This will make an incredible new long-distance bike path. This will be another jewel in the crown of Quebec's branding itself as North America's leading bicycle eco-vacation destination.
Quebec = cycling and bicycle tourism. Quebec = velo.
The women’s world cup cycling race “The Montreal World Cup” is returning to
The Gazette's Randy Phillips today reports that again this year 120 top woman cyclists will be riding 100 kilometres around the 8.3 km long
This seems to be 12 laps, so that means 12 times going up the grueling Camellien Houde 1.7 km climb. It's a great race to walk around and see the race from different angles. Camelien Houde should be close to cars every weekend!
This year the start-finish line will be on
This new start-finish line location will mean many more spectators. The previous start-finish line on the top of the road over
Also announced was the sixth edition of the five-stage men’s “Greater Montreal Tour” on June 4-7. Stages will be in
The Greater Montreal Tour is claimed to be the largest road cycling tour in
The stages are:
The bad news was that the Velodrome was closed down and the Biodome indoor zoo was built inside. Blame for this tremendous loss lies squarely on ex-mayor Pierre Bourque’s shoulders. So much for world-class sports facilities in our supposedly “world-class”-branded city.
I am glad to see Montreal again supporting bicycle racing. Now how about something for the rest of us poor slobs? Like the fabled bike path across downtown? And how about a mountain bike trail on the NDG escarpment along the now-closed Turcotte rail yards beside autoroute 20?
I'd like to end on a positive and upbeat note, so let’s put it on the calendar: In early june it will time to go outside and see lots of excellent men's and women's bicycle racing.
See you there!
The Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf bike path is now going to be free, as in user fee or any charge. Here is the Velo Quebec route description (link).
Bonne nouvelle pour les cyclistes de Québec: l’accès à la piste Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf sera gratuit à compter de cet été et ses 68 km font désormais partie du réseau de la Route verte. (Link to news story)Previously to ride on this path you had to be prepared to pay to play.
A major new trail in the Beauce?
Comme le tronçon du Québec Central allant de Vallée-Jonction à Lac Frontière est présentement à vendre, nombreux sont ceux qui voient dans l’achat de cette section l’opportunité de poursuivre la Véloroute. Le directeur général du Centre local de développement (CLD) Robert-Cliche, M. Daniel Chaîné, mentionne que, selon ce qu’il a entendu, l’achat du tronçon présentement à vendre coûterait environ 450 000 $. À cela, il faut bien sûr ajouter les coûts reliés à la construction de la piste elle-même.
I figured that I needed more exercise than I was getting from taking my regular flat, quiet, safe and direct route home.
2010 UPDATE - for the 2010 map, please go to 2010 Montreal bike path map posting.
Montreal is an island, meaning there are bridges... and more bridges.
The Russell - Prescott bike path (eastern Ontario) is going to be paved. This 72 km path starts just across the quebec ontario border from Rigaud.
The Prescott Russell Recreational Trail is a 72-km rail - to - trail conversion. The Trail traverses the United Counties of Prescott and Russell from east to west and crosses through five of the eight municipalities, East Hawkesbury, Champlain, La Nation, Alfred-Plantagenet, and Clarence-Rockland. The former rail line is owned by Via Rail Canada Inc. and is part of the 104 km Montreal-Ottawa (M&O) line that begins in Rigaud, Quebec and ends west of Mer Bleue in the Ottawa-Carleton region.
The trail accommodates a variety of recreational activities including hiking, cycling, and snowmobiling in the winter. Trail users will encounter four pavilions along the trail. The pavilions serve as access points to the trail with provisions for parking, a sheltered picnic area and kiosk containing community and trail related information. The trail pavilions are located in the Town of Hammond, Town of Bourget, and Plantagenet-Central, and one located along Highway 34 in Vankleek Hill- East. A fifth trail pavilion is expected to be constructed in the Town of St-Eugene.
Update: If anyone has ridden this trail, can you leave me a comment describing the present status or condition of the trail? Thanks, CFM
Pont Duplessis is the bridge across the St-Laurence at Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers).
La Presse, in a lead editorial today written by Nathalie Collard, says that Montreal needs to follow the lead set by Vancouver, and integrate cycling into the entire road network, not bits and pieces here and there. The cyling infrastructure must integrate into the road network.
Autre domaine où Vancouver peut servir de modèle: les pistes cyclables. Bien délimitées, facilement identifiables, sécuritaires, elles quadrillent toutes la ville. Et la relation automobiliste-cycliste semble beaucoup moins conflictuelle qu'à Montréal.
As time goes on the Montreal-Boston pro bike race makes it into the news. This is from Le Soleil du Samedi in Chateauguay, across the St-Laurence river from Montreal (across the maximum-bicycle-unfriendly Pont Mercier Bridge). You can take a Ferry (traversier) in the summer from Lachine public dock across the St-Laurence river to Chateauguay.
...In all, the City projects setting aside a total of about $150,000 for this race and the world women's tour, which is also scheduled to pass through its streets this June.
If the Montreal-Boston race is held as anticipated, Chateauguay wants to make its segment a grand happening. "We don't want it to last only one day," said Jacques Roy, the City's director of economic development. "We are going to organize (supplementary) activities that will involve the entire population."
For the good of visiting athletes and cyclists from the region as well, certain roads that are currently in terrible condition will be repaired, D'Youville Blvd. among them....
Le maire de l'arrondissement a participé à maintes reprises aux discussions en cours entre Outremont et la ville centrale. Il ne voit pas l'utilité de déposer un mémoire. Selon lui, le développement tel que présenté est positif pour l'arrondissement et les projets de développement local – le 6000 Saint-Denis, les ateliers municipaux, la voie cyclable le long de la voie ferrée – tiennent compte de l'arrivée de ce nouveau joueur dans le tableau.
La Presse had an excellent letter-to-the-editor today about all the people who can't tell the difference between a bike path and a sidewalk, causing increased danger, lots of increased danger, to people using the bike path on their bikes.
The Monteregie is the area of Quebec surrounding Montreal on the south shore of the St-Laurence river, from Sorel in the northeast, south along the border of the Eastern Townships, all the way south to the US border, then east through the chatrauguay valley to where the st-laurence river enters quebec, and then north along the Ontario Border up to Rigaud.