2000 new bikes, in cargo, in winter and almost everywhere in Quebec by 2028

2000 new bikes, in cargo, in winter and almost everywhere in Quebec by 2028
2000 new bikes, in cargo, in winter and almost everywhere in Quebec by 2028

Mayor Bruno Marchand presented the accelerated deployment plan for the àVélo bike-sharing service on Monday, just a few days after the start of the 2024 season. An “ambitious” plan, he congratulated, to continue to add even more of bicycle to the “cocktail” of mobility options of the people of Quebec.

Over the next four years, the Capital Transportation Network (RTC) plans to add 500 electrically assisted bicycles and around sixty stations per year, on average.

By 2028, the fleet will reach 3,300 bicycles to ride, distributed in 330 stations across the region.

Not only will the current network be densified, but the web will continue to grow, said the president of the RTC, Maude Mercier Larouche. Stations will be established in 14 new neighborhoods, including five peripheral networks in the suburbs.

The strong “craze” and demand for new services are also pushing the RTC to work on adding electrically assisted cargo bikes, to allow users to do their shopping while pedaling.

Likewise, after years of pressure from cyclists to extend the cycling season, a pilot project aimed at keeping bicycles in winter is planned with mechanical mounts.

“We are transforming the city with this mobility option,” projects Ms. Mercier Larouche.

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Soaring start

Its fourth season launched on May 1st, àVélo has the wind at its back.

The first five days made it possible to accumulate some 18,000 trips on the 1,300 bicycles in the 115 stations in service this year.

At this time last year, 7,750 journeys had been recorded.

“The numbers back it up. This is proof that when we improve the service, customers respond.”

— Maude Mercier Larouche, president of the RTC

The àVélo service has been running for four years now, while 100 bikes in 10 stations got the ball rolling on the streets of Quebec in 2021.

BIKE IN NUMBERS

2024: 115 stations, 1300 bikes

2025: 160 stations, 1800 bikes

2026: 220 stations, 2300 bikes

2027: 280 stations, 2800 bikes

2028: 330 stations, 3300 bikes

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