Developing a cycling network

In recent years, the development of cycling infrastructures has proceeded at very different rates, depending on the region or urban area in question. In light of Canada's Kyoto Protocol commitments, it is essential that all municipalities be equipped with the tools required to create environments more conducive to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation (alone or in conjunction with public transportation). To assist municipalities and facilitate this process, Vélo Québec has developed two key tools: the Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design and the technical training course “Bikeway Planning and Development.”

The new edition of the Planning and design for pedestrians and cyclists is an indispensable tool for those who are called upon to plan, develop or maintain routes and facilities used for the purpose of active transportation. It presents key concepts, explores best practices and provides information critical to raising awareness about the importance of pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly planning and design

The “Bikeway Planning and Development” training course is a one-day workshop examining the best practices used to develop cycling infrastructures. The workshops are offered in various municipalities, making it possible to customize the training to meet local needs. Each workshop includes an overview of the municipal or regional situation, a theoretical component and a practical field trip (site visit, simulation, scenario development, etc.).

These workshops are open to various kinds of participants: municipal professionals, decision-makers, elected officials, opinion leaders, representatives of non-profit organizations, cycling associations, etc.