Montreal has Bixi and a Great Bike Lane System

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As noted before, Montreal has its own public bike-sharing programme, Bixi, which is proving to be a great success with 3,000 bicycles in 300 different locations.

But Montreal was already a cycling-friendly city, with the Bixis complementing an energetic scene. Not that many people seem to wear helmets but the city's highly sophisticated system of 4 different kinds of bike lanes make cycling seem almost to be a safe and friendlier thing to do.

Lane One:
This is a permanent lane on one side of the street. There is a permanent raised concrete median dividing it from the main roadway and it is two-way. It is commonly known as the "super highway" because it is new, nicely laid out and very fast.

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Lane Two:
The Route-Vert (green line). It's a 2-way lane, with removable bollards. It is in effect from April to November, the rest of the year is snow-plow time and the lane disappears and it is like a normal road.


Lane Three
This lane is painted on the street, in white or orange, and no cars are supposed to drive on it. On a one way street, this lane will be one way, against traffic and the other direction will be marked with yellow bikes, on the other side of the street.

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Lane Four
This lane consists of bike symbols stencilled on the street and can be very scary because cars drive through it as well.

metre ring photo

This is a neat and simple little idea: a ring attached to the parking metre, so it is easier to attach the bike, and several can be chained at the same time.

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