Cycling in Montreal
Montreal is the most bike-friendly city in Canada! The huge network of well-maintained bike paths (over 700km of bike lanes and counting) makes riding in the city safe and easy. With a well established bike culture, mostly flat terrain and sites that are in close proximity, cycling in Montreal is the best way to see it all!
Attractions/sights accessible by bicycle from the city centre:
- You can cycle up the Mont-Royal mountain on a wide, slowly winding path all the way to the Belvedere for spectacular views of the city.
- Biking along the Lachine canal and to St-Helene and Notre-Dame islands is a must do activity when the weather is nice. Stop at the Atwater market for picnic supplies and you have a perfect summer day!
- We would recommend exploring the beautiful architecture of the Plateau and Mile-End neighbourhoods while making frequent stops at some of the charming cafes, artisanal ice cream shops and maybe grabbing a warm St-Viateur bagel along the way.
- For a real taste of Montreal life, bike through Little Italy to the huge Jean-Talon farmer's market where local flavours abound. This is a mostly flat 30 minute ride from the Plateau neighbourhood.
Mayor's stance on cycling:
Our current mayor Valérie Plante is an avid supporter of urban cycling and accessibility. Her Projet Montreal party's roots are in urban planning and making the inner city a welcoming place for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users.
Cycling at night:
Most streets are well lit