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

The project set up this summer will be “transitional”. But in the long term, Quebec wants to make a City Bike Corridor (CVC) on Sainte-Foy, that is to say comfortable, wide, open year-round and unidirectional bike paths.

Quebec City made the announcement on Tuesday. The track will be in service this summer, in a more modest format. It will currently be 2.4 km long with modest cycle lanes.

Ultimately, the City wants to connect Old Quebec to Laval University with tracks separated from cars by infrastructure, like on Saint-Denis Street in Montreal. 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 Boulevard.

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.