Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Quebec bike-path system named best in world

Slowly, quietly, over the last ten years Quebec has been building a very, very good network of bike paths all across this vast province of ours.

Suddenly, but not surprisingly, the world has woken up and and taken notice:

Quebec bike-path system named best in world
CBC News

Quebec's provincewide system of bicycle paths has been named the best in the world by the Washington-based National Geographic Society.

The 4,000-kilometre Route Verte, which was officially inaugurated last year, has topped the list of international bike paths in a recently published book of the world's best trips.

National Geographic's Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Best Trips listed Route Verte ahead of a number of notable international cycling destinations, including the Gran Fondo Campagnolo in Italy, and the Ruta Astral in Chile.

Once completed in 2011, the Quebec system will include 4,366 kilometres of pathways.

Another Quebec landmark making the book's lists is Montreal's underground city, which is included in the 10 best underground walkways to explore.

The Route Verte bike path joins US bike paths at the very top of Vermont and New York states.

Click here to learn more about the Route Verte, and plan your summer vacation "dans Qu├ębec!"

Click here for Quebec's tourism office, Bonjour Quebec (= Hello Quebec).


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