VIEWPOINT : October 2019

Biking for the climate!

There are so many good reasons to travel by bike. Biking is not only efficient, enjoyable, economical and environmentally friendly, it also promotes physical fitness and emits no greenhouse gases. In short, it is good for us and good for the planet! Every bike trip is a benefit for society, according to researchers at the INRS Environmental Equity Laboratory in a segment recently aired on the show Découverte[1]. The fact that biking has so many qualities makes me wonder why our decision-makers aren’t more committed to devoting the necessary funds to this valuable activity. Quebec has definitely invested regularly in cycling infrastructures over the past thirty-five years, but these investments still represent less than 1% of the funds injected into the construction or renovation of our major transportation infrastructures. And this opinion is shared by many more people than you may think. Recently, on a private open line radio show – featuring a succession of car and F-150 commercials – listeners were being asked if they would consider putting away their car and adopting the bicycle as a mode of transportation. The times are definitely changing. According to the press, public opinion and more and more decision-makers, the popularity of biking has mushroomed over the past ten years.  Read »»

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