Montréal is a city of cyclists. The EBN, Express Bike Network project calls for the creation of 184 kilometres of bike paths across the entire island of Montréal, including 17 paths that will be accessible year-round. Within the next 10 years, cycling is expected to account for 15 per cent of transi
The EBN will allow residents to get around safely and effectively while enjoying all the benefits of cycling. As well as ensure a harmonious cohabitation between the road network’s different users and connect various points of interest around the city, the EBN will improve the quality of life of residents by easing traffic and reducing visual, sound and air pollution.
Advantages of the EBN
The EBN offers numerous advantages, not only for cyclists, but for all Montrealers:
- lower greenhouse gas emissions
- easing of car traffic
- fewer sound and visual nuisances
- safer bicycle transportation
- improved access to downtown and points of interest
- improved quality of life for residents
- vitalization of commercial streets and neighbourhood life
- higher customer traffic in stores
A place for everyone
The arrival of the EBN will create distinct spaces reserved for each mode of transportation. There will be fewer conflicts between users.
The EBN paths will be one-way and measure 2.3 to 3 metres in width. They will link up with existing bike paths in the local network (in French). They will be bordered by bollards to ensure a physical separation between the modes of transportation. A concrete structure will be built at intersections. Traffic lights will be moved and synchronized.
The user experience will be enhanced by repair stops along the path, bike stands, waiting areas, and green islands.
Finally, signage and path marking will help guide cyclists.
Projects in connection with the EBN
CORRIDOR 1 – Berri / Lajeunesse / Saint-Denis
Corridor 1 will span the island from north to south and include more than 8.7 km of bike paths. This key cycling corridor will run from Boulevard Gouin to Avenue des Pins, passing through four boroughs along the way and connecting a number of important sites, including the Sauvé intermodal transit station, the Jean-Talon Market, the Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau and the Bibliothèque du Plateau. Work operations are scheduled to start in the summer of 2020.
CORRIDOR 2 – Viger / Saint-Antoine / Saint-Jacques
This 5.4-km cycling corridor will run from Avenue De Courcelle to Rue Berri, spanning two boroughs and connecting points of interest downtown, including the Quartier des spectacles, Old Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure, the Centre Bell and the Atwater Market.
In 2021, the first phase will be launched in Le Sud-Ouest.
CORRIDOR 3 – Souligny
Corridor 3, from Rue Honoré-Beaugrand to Avenue Hector in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, was completed in 2019. It gives users access to the Maison de la culture Mercier arts centre, the École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit, and the Aréna Clément-Jetté. Its one-way bike path spans a distance of 2.1 km and measures 5.5 m in width.
CORRIDOR 4 – Peel
Corridor 4 will span a length of 1.7 km from Boulevard De Maisonneuve to the Jardin des écluses, crossing downtown Montréal. The cycling corridor will serve numerous points of interest, including McGill University and Concordia University, the ÉTS, the McCord Museum and Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Centre Bell, Rue Sainte-Catherine, the Peel basin, and several metro and REM stations. The bike paths will be located of each side of Rue Peel. Corridor 4, when completed, will be integrated into the infrastructure work on Rue Peel. For further information concerning the Rue Peel project.
CORRIDOR 5 – De Bellechasse
Corridor 5 span a length of 6 km from Avenue de Gaspé to Rue Chatelain. It connect numerous establishments, including the Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau, the Bibliothèque de La Petite-Patrie, the Bibliothèque de Rosemont, Collège de Rosemont, the Montréal Heart Institute, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and Hôpital Santa Cabrini. For further information on bike path projects in Rosemont La-Petite-Patrie, please view the Vision vélo (in French) page.
Did you miss the information session on the Express Bike Network in your borough? Watch it here (in French).
- Le Sud-Ouest, April 6, 2021 - here
- Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, June 17, 2020 - here
- Villeray - Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension and Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie boroughs, June 18, 2020 - here
- Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, June 22, 2020 - here
- Villeray - Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension et Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie boroughs, October 27, 2020 - here