Friday, June 26, 2009

Route Verte stats

Quebec's Route Verte bicycle path network is many things, amazing, a miracle, the best vacation idea, etc. But to be specific, we needed to look at the recent statistics.

The Route Verte is now 92% complete, with 4036 kilometres on the ground. A survey of bike signage is underway and it might soon be possible to never get lost.

The next five years will see 800 more kilometres added to the network. One future highlight is the Route Verte along the south shore of the St-Laurence river between Montreal region (Valleyfield) and Levis (Quebec city).

For people who want to travel on bicycles, Velo-Quebec's "Bonjour Cyclist" certification program checks out hotels, gites, B&Bs, campgrounds, etc to assure you (the cyclist traveler) that you will have a safe place to lock your bike, and few other useful-for-cyclist things. This doesn't usually include an all-you-can-eat breakfast, unfortunately.

Quebec is a great place to cycle, and the Route Verte network gives you a lot more specific information on where to cycle than just looking at a map and guessing a route. Happily, every region also has it's regional bike maps, and the whole province is becoming a paradise for cyclists.

Summer's here, and like the Just for laughs comedy festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Route Verte is one of the great things to get out and experience in Quebec.


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