Bike Lab Montréal is an intensive, two-day workshop aimed at transportation planners, engineers, architects, designers, decision-makers and students. Participants will experience Montreal's bicycle infrastructure and culture and explore the conditions that make everyday use of bicycle so attractive.

> Participate in presentations, interactive discussions and field tours

> Learn how Montreal has become one of the most bicycle-friendly city in North America

> Understand the motivations and the context for implementing different types of bicycle facilities

> Study the environmental conditions that make the daily use of the bicycle so appealing

> Meet with local planners and decision-makers (City of Montréal, transit authorities, research institutions)

> Experience the 30th edition of Tour de l’Île de Montréal on June 1st (optional pre-workshop activity)

It’s something that strikes many visitors to Montreal. If they’re from North America and not used to hordes of cyclists on the street corners, it’s a surprise! And if they’re from a cycling nation and expecting a North American city full of cars, the sight of bicycles hanging from balconies, locked up to parking meters or swarming through the streets is equally surprising! Bicycles are everywhere on the Montreal landscape!

But what contributed to the emergence of this bicycle culture? First of all, infrastructures. Montreal was one of the first North American cities to develop bicycle facilities, starting in the early 70’s. Then the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, created in 1985 by Vélo Québec, served as a major catalyst for the development of local bicycle culture and kicked off a one-of-kind urban movement. Lastly, public administrations of all stripes recognized early on that cycling has many positive impacts for the city.


Vélo Québec, based in Montreal, has been an international leader in the promotion of cycling and walking for transportation, leisure and tourism since 1967.

As the largest organization of its kind in North America, Vélo Québec is active in developing technical resources on bicycle and pedestrians facilities, organizing cycling events across Quebec and bicycle tours all over the world as well as publishing a variety of books, maps and magazines.

Governments and municipalities have consulted Vélo Québec on matters such as bicycle network planning, bicycle facility design and the Highway Safety Code.

Since 1995, Vélo Québec has spearheaded the development of La Route verte, a 5,000 km bike network extending across the province.

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Bike Lab Montréal 2014 is led by Vélo Québec and is linked to the Hands on Sustainable Urban Mobility Workshop of McGill University, Concordia University and Hochschule Karlsruhe University of Applied Science.

Bike Lab Montréal 2014 is presented in collaboration with:
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