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    Best Canadian city for cycling?

    What's the best Canadian city for cycling? Not so much for recreation (although that's a big plus), but for getting around the city pleasantly and safely. Most important are things like length of the season, presence of segregated or safe bike lanes, weather and driver attitude...

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    Winnipeg was nice for length of season, and some nice quiet roads in the surrounding area

    Red Deer was nice for location near the mountains and some great highways for cycling ... highways with wide shoulders.

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    Really hard to judge, imo.
    I'm in Ottawa. I'd say we have a good selection of terrain and infrastructure for all levels of rider.. same with Montreal and Toronto from my experience.
    Also, was in Kingston this weekend and I was surprised they had a lot of segregated lanes and locals cycling/running (university town so makes sense).

    If I were to generalize, I'd say any major non suburb city in Canada should be adequate (ie. stay away from the GTA; no Bramptons, Oakvilles, Vaughns, Markhams or Mississaugas and stay away from surrounding Montreal; Laval, Dorval, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmv2 View Post
    If I were to generalize, I'd say any major non suburb city in Canada should be adequate (ie. stay away from the GTA; no Bramptons, Oakvilles, Vaughns, Markhams or Mississaugas and stay away from surrounding Montreal; Laval, Dorval, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Winnipeg was nice for length of season.
    Which season would that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
    Which season would that be?
    Summer, of course! I loved the summers there. I miss them. 6+ months of heat and humidity.

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    IMHO - my vote would be for Kingston, Halifax is fine also- Ottawa too. A lot of people praise Montreal, which has not been my experience there. Toronto was good in the downtown areas, toward the surrounding suburbs and cities more difficult. I have no experience in the central or western provinces.
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    The lower mainland BC area is nice too. I wouldn't want to live in Vancouver, but some of the surrounding areas would work.

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    I live in Montreal and bike here all year round. In many areas the bike paths are plowed before the sidewalks. Although some areas of the city are more bike friendly than others, there is a multilane bike route leading out to and through the Pierre Trudeau International Airport, dedicated biking routes throughout the city, a city operated Bixi bike rental service dispersed around the downtown area, a metro system that permits and accommodates cyclists outside peak hours, and more bike friendly parks and bike paths than any other city in Canada.

    Have friends and family in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, roots in Nova Scotia and have visited almost every major city in North America. I live in Montreal because in spite of the shortcomings of the political situation, the sidewalks don't get rolled up here at 7:00PM and there is always something going on somewhere at any given hour of the day. There are lots of 24hr restaurants and cafes, a Jazz Festival and weekly Fireworks Competition every year as well as other attractions like the current F1 races. All bike accessable. And of course we're right in the middle of a Bikefest. IMO the bike stops here!

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    I'll toss Victoria into the ring, you can literally ride all year long and there's an amazing system of rail trails that will get you to most locations. The Greater Victoria municipalities are tripping over each other to get bike lanes installed everywhere, so eventually it will be difficult to find a street that doesn't have them. We've got excellent bike shops in almost every corner of the city and many office buildings encourage cycling to work by providing bike storage and change rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
    Which season would that be?
    Mosquito

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainchaser View Post
    I'll toss Victoria into the ring, you can literally ride all year long and there's an amazing system of rail trails that will get you to most locations. The Greater Victoria municipalities are tripping over each other to get bike lanes installed everywhere, so eventually it will be difficult to find a street that doesn't have them. We've got excellent bike shops in almost every corner of the city and many office buildings encourage cycling to work by providing bike storage and change rooms.
    Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    Mosquito
    That's June.

    The rest of the year is fine.

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