Mobilizing in Montreal
I got into riding when I moved to Japan in 1993. When I saw how much air pollution there was, even in the countryside, I opted to buy a bicycle instead of a car. Since then I have logged between 2000-5000km/year in commutes and travels.
Riding on snow rules!
My current steed is a Giant 870. I also have 5 different push scooters that I use when shopping downtown - this is to avoid having by bicycle de-capitated again for parts. I will buy a recumbent as soon as I can afford one.
I am an elementary school teacher. However, I consider myself an educator to all those who still pray to the fossil fuel gods(and those who don't believe in the separation of church and state - but that is for another forum .
I have only recently returned to Montreal after many years away. Trying to correct two ridiculous situations that exist here in Quebec led me to this forum. The two situations are as follows:
A) The "road braille" in Quebec is pathetic. A rider/driver can sense(with their eyes closed - be careful doing this on a bicycle) they have entered Quebec from Vermont, NY, Ontario or New Brunswick because the roads turn to absolute crap. The Quebec roads are worse than most of the developing nations I have travelled across. I can't accept these crappy Quebec conditions when all four neighbors, who also deal with winter freezing and thawing, have great roads.
B)Montreal Bridge bull**** - in too many cases, the unrestricted highways that one planning a trip would rightfully assume are ok for crossing, have signs posted, at points too late to turn back(let alone with information on alternative routes), forbidding cyclist to proceed across the bridges. Of the three bridges heading south, none are legal to cross. One must head east, at a 10-20km detour, and then south, to get off the Island, if you live in the west like me.
I firmly believe that non-polluting forms of transport and HPVs should have priority on the roadways. I am eager to chat with and meet people who feel the same.
What icy wind?
I know of what you speak of bad roads and interdit bridges. I spent many formative years trying to find the safest route through Lachine or the least congested time to ride up the east side of the mountain. Sigh...I miss those crazy days of what I know call "je ne sais pas". Take heart though, the roads here in the sunny middle are far worse than in La Belle Province. And of course there is more wind and snow - but not ice storms, thankfully.
Cheers and enjoy your time ici.