Walking and cycling are two forms of active transportation that most people can engage in. Public transit, car-sharing programs and taxis are other solutions that, combined with active transportation, help make up what is known as a “transportation cocktail.”
Mix up your own transportation cocktail
Cycling + public transit
Cycling and public transit have several similar and complementary characteristics. Both are environmentally friendly and make optimal use of public space.
Cycling is the most efficient form of transportation within a 5-kilometre radius, whereas public transit is faster and more convenient over longer distances. Exclusive public transit corridors (metro, train, reserved bus lanes) help relieve traffic congestion. And the resulting decrease in the need for parking facilities means savings both for users (in terms of time and money) and for municipal governments and private organizations (in terms of space and budgeting).
Cycling is an ideal feeder for public transit (metro, train, express bus). It is comparatively faster and more efficient than walking. It is not subject to the same scheduling restrictions as buses, and it is a readily available alternative in low-density neighbourhoods where bus service is not cost-effective. Bikes are far less expensive than cars, both for the individual user and for the public purse. And incentive parking facilities for bicycles at public transit stations and terminals cost 10 times less than they do for automobiles.
Users who take their bicycles on public transit can travel even greater distances and bypass obstacles such as bodies of water and parts of the public road system that are off limits or difficult to cross (highways, bridges, tunnels, etc.). The public transit network also gives them access to areas outside the city centre, including a range of recreational and tourism cycling destinations.
What your transportation cocktail might look like
• Cycling in summer + bus in winter + rental vehicle for vacation.
• Walking and metro to work in the morning + Bixi for an after-work get-together and the return home in the evening + car for the weekends.
• Walking to school with your child in the morning + bus to work + another bus back to do errands in the neighbourhood + carpooling with your neighbour to get your child home at the end of the day.
Bicycles are allowed on the metro on weekdays outside of peak hours, i.e., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and after 7 p.m., and all day long on weekends and holidays. Cyclists are required to use the lead car at all times.
See the STM website for more information.
The following transit corporations feature buses equipped with bicycle racks:?
- CIT des Laurentides (in french)
- CIT Vallée du Richelieu
- L'Express d’Oka (in french)
- RTC de Québec (in french)
- STTR de Trois-Rivières (in french)
The STM is currently trying out bicycle racks on two lines (140 Fleury and 180 De Salaberry) as part of a pilot project.
Bicycles have been welcome on board the five commuter train lines served by the AMT since May 1, 2011.
See the AMT website for further information.
Some companies have mini-vans that can carry bicycles or cars equipped with a special rack. This service is available upon request and may be subject to an additional fee. Here is a list of some of the cab companies in Quebec that take bicycles:
Carignan Taxi Union
Chambly Taxi Chambly
Dégelis Taxi Dégelis
Granby Taxi Union Granby Enr.
Magog Taxi Magog Orford Inc
Rimouski Taxi 800 de Rimouski Inc
Rivière-du-Loup Taxi Capitol 3000
Rivière-du-Loup Beaulieu Jos
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Taxi du Haut Richelieu
Shawinigan Bellemare Taxi
Sherbrooke Taxis de Sherbrooke Inc
Sorel-Tracy Taxi Coop