Popular bike paths have reopened

The Bike Link and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are two spots where families can safely cycle with kids for many kilometres

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With temperatures rising in Montreal, now is the perfect time to dust off your family’s bicycles and start discovering the city. With more than 700 kilometres of bike paths, several bike rental options, it’s a breeze to discover Montreal’s many neighbourhoods and see the city sights.

As of April 9, 2022, the Bike Link connecting Montreal/Saint-Lambert/Nun’s Island/Sainte-Catherine is fully reopened. The bike path, which is approximately 14 kilometres long, is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River by bike. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Route verte, and provides a wide vista of unique and spectacular views of the city’s downtown area and the Saint Lawrence River.

Also opened on the same day is the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the 4.361-kilometre racetrack visited by more than 170,000 people every year and the location of the Canadian Grand Prix in June. The track is open to walkers, joggers and cyclists – so long as you respect the 30km/h speed limit the track has on non-racing weekends.

The detour on the Victoria bridge will continue this season; cyclists will have to use the safe passage section of the service lane. This was implemented because structural problems were detected on the overpass, forcing its closure in 2020.The detour will enable cyclists, notably from Saint Lambert, to have a direct access to Parc Jean-Drapeau when they want to head toward Montreal, rather than having to use the multi-purpose pathways on the Champlain and Jacques-Cartier Bridges.

The 2022 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve provisional schedule and all notices related to accessing Parc Jean Drapeau are available at parcjeandrapeau.com.

The segment at Parc Jean-Drapeau is a place where nature, public art and heritage venues converge. There are many facilities along the bike path on the Saint-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands, such as an Information Centre, washrooms, and picnic spots.

For more information, visit parcjeandrapeau.com.


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