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Cycling in Quebec in 2015: Cycling continues to grow in popularity, generates $1.2 billion in annual spending


Montreal, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Earlier today, Vélo Québec released the 2015 edition of Cycling in Quebec, a comprehensive study on bicycle use that has been conducted every five years since 1995.

“The popularity of cycling continues to grow, with more and more Quebecers embracing it for leisure, transportation and tourism,” said Suzanne Lareau, President and CEO of Vélo Québec. “It is particularly heartening to see that the decline in bicycle use among the younger generation observed between 2000 and 2010 has turned around. The most notable addition to this report is the analysis of the economic benefits of cycling. Annual spending on tourism-related cycling and the purchase of bicycles and gear comes to $1.2 billion.”

Among the key facts highlighted in Cycling in Quebec in 2015:
 
  • 4.2 million Quebecers are cyclists, 1 million of whom are children. 2.7 million people engage in cycling on a weekly basis. The province had 600,000 more cyclists in 2015 than it did in 1995. 
  • For 1.9 million Quebecers, cycling is a practical means of transportation. In Montreal, the number of trips made by bicycle for transportation purposes rose 57% between 2008 and 2013. 
  • 55% of the cycling population in Quebec are men and 45% are women. Experts tend to agree that communities with better-developed cycling facilities have a higher share of female cyclists. 
  • The network of bikeways in Quebec has grown by 30% since 2010 to reach 12,000 kilometres, which is good news since more than half of all two-wheeled trips in Quebec are made on bike lanes and paths. 
  • Cycling is a vital link in the Quebec economy. The $1.2 billion spent on bicycle-related tourism and cycling goods and services creates the equivalent of 10,000 jobs and generates $150 million in tax revenues for the provincial government and $65 million for federal coffers. 
  • The Route verte is an undeniable contributor to this economic activity: the 5,000‑kilometre network of bikeways extends throughout Quebec, crosses 39 of the province’s 50 most populated communities and is a significant draw for tourists. 
Cycling in Quebec in 2015 contains a wealth of insightful information and analysis. It confirms that widespread bicycle use is not just a passing trend: it is here to stay. Not only is cycling closely associated with a healthy lifestyle, it is increasingly being seen as part of an overall strategy to promote sustainable development and curb greenhouse gas emissions. Events across Quebec encourage people to get – or get back to – pedalling, and municipalities of all sizes are taking action to be more responsive to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.

The study can be downloaded from : www.velo.qc.ca/cycling2015

For highlights of the study, go to : www.velo.qc.ca/cycling2015
 
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About Vélo Québec
Vélo Québec is a non-profit organization that has been a rallying force in the Quebec cycling community since 1967. Its mission is to promote the bicycle as an accessible means of transportation, recreation and tourism for all. Vélo Québec is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority on active transportation.

For more information
Vélo Québec
Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant
514 521-8356, ext. 358
scouillard@velo.qc.ca

 

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