(Quebec) Inspired by the experience of the REV Saint-Denis in Montreal, the City of Quebec will set up its first super bike path on Chemin Sainte-Foy in Upper Town, removing two lanes for the car.

The name is changing – it will be a Cited Bike Corridor (CVC) – but the principle will be the same as in the metropolis: comfortable, wide, year-round, unidirectional cycle paths.

Quebec City made the announcement on Tuesday. It intends to set up its 2.4 km project this summer, with a shorter first version and with modest cycle lanes.

But ultimately it wants to connect Old Quebec to Laval University with tracks separated from cars by infrastructure, as in Saint-Denis. The City has not given a timetable, it does not want to manage this site at the same time as that planned for the tramway on René-Lévesque.

The implementation of this new bike path will lead to the elimination of two of the four lanes of automobile traffic on Sainte-Foy. Motorists using the road will have to be patient, since the City expects the trip between avenue de Salaberry and Université Laval to take one to five minutes longer by car.

The bike is dragging its feet in the capital. According to the 2017 origin-destination survey, the modal share of cycling was 1.4% in the Quebec City agglomeration. It is 3.3% on the island of Montreal, but 13% on the Plateau.