The Express Bike Network (EBN) is a 191 kilometre bike lane project that connects different points of interest in Montréal. With protected bike lanes, cyclists can travel by bike in a safe, efficient and pleasant way. Once the EBN is complete, it will have 17 routes accessible all year long.
The EBN is helping the city reach its target of 15 per cent of travel in Montréal to be by bike between now an 2027.
Benefits for all Montrealers
The EBN clearly delineates the space reserved for each method of transportation, whether you are travelling on foot, by bike, by bus or by car. It has many advantages, not only for cyclists but also for the entire population:
- Making bike travel safer
- More equitable street sharing between methods of transportation
- Mitigation of car traffic
- Improved access to downtown and points of interest
- Vitalizing commercial streets and neighbourhood life
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
Characteristics of the EBN
- Bike paths that are separated from car traffic and accessible all year long to cyclists of all skill levels
- High capacity lanes that are wide enough for cyclists to pass one another
- Paths that are designed to create the most direct routes for long distance trips
- Connection to existing bike lanes
Routes in progress
Avenue Viger/Rue Saint-Antoine/Rue Saint-Jacques
Once it is complete, this 5.4 kilometre route will cross Le Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie from Rue De Courcelle Street to Rue Berri and connect downtown points of interest, such as the Quartier des spectacles, Old Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure, the Bell Centre and Atwater Market. Parts of the route were developed in 2021 and 2022.
Boulevard Henri-Bourassa route
From Boulevard Lacordaire to Highway 40, west of Highway 13, the EBN, which is part of the Boulevard Henri-Bourassa mobility corridor, will extend over a distance of 18 kilometres. On some parts of the boulevard, express bus service will be provided. Part of the route is currently under construction in Saint-Laurent, between Avenue Félix-Leclerc and Boulevard Pitfield.
A civic participation process (in French) is also underway for the portion between Avenue Marcelin-Wilson and Rue Lajeunesse.
Rue Berri/Rue Lajeunesse/Rue Saint-Denis
The Rue Berri/Rue Lajeunesse/Rue Saint-Denis bike path, which crosses the island of Montréal from north to south, has more than 8.7 kilometres of bike paths. From Boulevard Gouin to Rue Roy, this key route passes through four boroughs and connects many important places, such as Rue Saint-Denis, a major shopping street; the Sauvé intermodal station, Jean-Talon Market, and the Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau and Bibliothèque du Plateau municipal libraries. In 2023, the route will be extended to Rue Cherrier and connected to the bidirectional Rue Berri bike path.
The Avenue Souligny route extends from Rue Honoré-Beaugrand to Avenue Hector in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. It offers access to the Maison de la culture Mercier, the École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit and the Aréna Clément-Jetté. It consists of a 2.1 kilometre bi-directional bike path.
From Boulevard René-Lévesque to Rue Smith, this route crosses downtown Montréal through the Quartier des gares and the Griffintown sector. Many points of interest are found along this route, including McGill and Concordia Universities, the École de technologie supérieure, the Bell Centre, Rue Sainte-Catherine Street, the Peel Basin and a few metro and light rail network stations. Eventually, the 1.7 kilometre route will extend to Boulevard De Maisonneuve.
Rue De Bellechasse
From Avenue de Gaspé to Rue Chatelain, this six kilometre route connects many institutions, including the Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau, Bibliothèque La Petite-Patrie and Bibliothèque Rosemont municipal libraries, the Collège de Rosemont, the Montréal Heart Institute, and two hospitals, the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and the Hôpital Santa Cabrini. For more information on bike lane projects in Rosemont La-Petite-Patrie, visit the Vision Vélo Web page (in French).
Rue Notre-Dame/Parc de la Traversée
From Rue De Courcelle to Rue Berri, this 5.4 km route will cross Le Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie, connecting downtown landmarks such as the Quartier des spectacles, Old Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure, the Bell Centre and the Atwater market.
Would you like to know more about EBN projects and express your views about how they are developed? Check out the civic participation activities currently in progress ont the Réalisons Montréal Website.