Network express bike : the motor will have to make room

Réseau express vélo : les automobiles devront faire de la place

The “bicycle highways” that will be installed in Montreal, will reduce drastically the space allotted to cars on certain stretches of road.

The development of the express Network bike (REV), the project of 180 kilometers of bike lanes spread over 17 major axes in montreal, will leave some places only a little more than one-third of the road accessible to cars.

On the rue Bellechasse in Rosemont, the proportion of space given to cars and buses will increase from 79% to 36% or from 53% to 38%, depending on the segment.

Similar declines, but less drastic, will be also on the other axes, according to a document presented on Wednesday morning at the executive committee of the City of Montreal.

The establishment of a bike path on rue Saint-Denis there will reduce, for example, nearly 20 % of the space reserved for motorists.

Available year-round

The REV had been announced with great fanfare by the mayor of Montréal Valérie Plant in may 2019.

Accessible twelve months out of the year, the cycle tracks of the REV will be a width of 2.3 to 3 metres and should ensure better cohabitation between the different road users. A unique marking will be put in place to indicate clearly the tracks.

The implementation of the first five axes of the REV is expected to be completed in 2021 and is funded from the budget bike regular of the City of Montreal, is$ 15 Million.

In addition to the addition of bike racks and areas of expectations, priority traffic will be built at intersections along arterial.

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