"100km of new montreal bike path in 2009" report card
Last August (i.e. 2008) the city announced where they would be building 2009's 100 km of new Montreal bike path.
Now we are in 2009, and it's time for a quick look around. Where to look? Let's start with rue Viau.
Rue Viau bike path is under construction. Great news. This is a new north-south axis for Montreal island. (Here's a news article about the work).
Another path that was announced was Cote Ste-Catherine road from Parc Avenue (via Villeneuve) to Cote des Neiges. OK, half built, it seems to stop at Vincent d'Indy. This was the result of some serious Nimbyism from a church located there.
According to this news article by Carole Le Hirez in the Journal Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, the city says there will be 60 new kilometres of bike path in Montreal in 2009.
Announced 100 km. Build 60 km. We'll give the city a C- on this year's efforts. OK, let's be kind, we'll give them a C+.
Other bicycle infrastructure we have noticed is the ROute Verte #1 on Christophe Colombe when it passes under Auroroute 40. A nice separated bike path is built here. And this bike path south of this point has also been recently improved--it was previously one of Montreal's worst bike paths. Good work Montreal!