Transports Québec new "what roads are safe for bikes" online map
Safe roads, unsafe roads, or you can just choose the back roads.
Transport Quebec has unveiled its new online road maps with a "which roads are safe for bikes" functionality, which they call conviviality.
The map is here and to get the "conviviality" function, you have to select that option at the interactive menu on the right side of the map.
Choosing safe roads/avoiding unsafe roads when cycling is quite important and this is a great new tool. We always recommend checking out the map before your ride and this map feature gives you some darned useful information.
We have some quibbles with the algorithm, which seems to use traffic volume as a criteria but not if there is a paved shoulder. We've had many good rides using a busy highway with a paved shoulder, and a few bad rides with a highway with no paved shoulder. But this is a starting point. And in some good news, closed bridges are indicated. (although from our knowledge this doesn't seem completely up to date - hey Transport Quebec, this matters!)
These maps exist on top of the Google maps platform, and are also available as an App.
Other really useful Transports Quebec links:
- The text info about the new conviviality function
- Quebec511 - lots of useful traffic and road construction info
- Bicycle safety - since you are all grown up, you should probably know this stuff, seriously, you should know this stuff!
- Quebec road maps by region, in pdf and formatted for printing on normal size paper