Comment 42331

By Graefe (anonymous) | Posted June 22, 2010 at 22:56:41

I lived a decade in Montreal before moving to the Hammer circa 2002. Montreal was already a slightly more bike friendly city than Hamilton (at least outside of winter) at that point, but not hugely so. If there were more cyclists, certainly part of the explanation was the greater density.

In the past 8 years, though, Montreal has made significant and deliberate investments in bike infrastructure, both big things like separate bike lanes and the bixi, and small things like pavement markings and signage. When I have visited Montreal the past few years, one notices a striking elevation in the role of the bicycle as a means of transportation. It is a huge shift for less than a decade.

Hamilton is a smaller city with less density and a higher rate of automobility. But I agree with Ryan than significant and deliberate investments would spark similar shifts in transportation culture here.

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