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Bicycle-Friendly Roads


If you choose to travel by bicycle on the territory of Québec, we suggest you explore the increasingly numerous bikeways that can bring you to your destination safely. Visit www.routeverte.com.

If you have to ride your bicycle on roads, the Ministère suggests you seek the least dangerous routes, namely roads where:
  • Posted speed is low;
  • Shoulders are wide and paved;
  • Traffic flow, especially truck traffic flow, is limited.
To help you, the Ministère has designed a mapping tool illustrating the bicycle-friendliness of roads based on three features. A simple mouse-click on a road segment allows the user to visualize the average values (posted speed, width of paved shoulders and daily traffic flow).

Roads are represented as follows:

Bicycle-friendly road1 (usually compliant with bikeway standards)
Fairly bicycle-friendly road (safety constraints and comfort issues for cyclists)
Not a bicycle-friendly road (major safety constraints for cyclists)
Road prohibited to cyclists (a freeway, for example)

1. Even when a road segment is described as “bicycle-friendly”, particular conditions may make it temporarily unsafe for cyclists.
For Your Safety
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  • Ride on the right-hand side of the road and always in single file, maximum 15 riders.
  • Equip your bicycle with reflectors and a rear-view mirror.
  • Wear a safety helmet and light or reflective clothes.
  • To ride at night, equip your bicycle with a white light in the front and a red light in the rear, and wear reflective clothes.
  • Signal your intentions to other road users (vehicles, pedestrians, etc.).

Like drivers and pedestrians, cyclists must comply with the Highway Safety Code. To find out more about bicycle riding rules stipulated in the Highway Safety Code, visit the website of the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec.
Additional Information
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  • 24, 236 km of roads were divided in 5,152 segments between major intersections or agglomeration centres. The data used in the tool are weighted averages for each road segment.
  • Data are not available for municipal roads, but vehicle and truck traffic flow is often lower than on the roads under the Ministère’s responsibility.