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Montreal Bixi BikesVacationing in Montreal from Japan, Hajime Tamura takes a Bixi from the stand.
The Montreal Mix on What to Do, Where to Go and What to See
Tour de la nuit and Tour de l’Ile (June 1 and June 3 respectively) are indisputably the largest cycling events of the year, attracting over 25,000 cyclists. The group rides have now gotten so big that Vélo Québec created a whole festival around it called “Feria du velo.”
Coupe des glâces/ Ice Cup Race (various locations) Montreal gets pounded with so much ice and snow that it would be a shame not to have an ice bike competition. Usually happens in early February.
Santropol Roulant (111 Roy St. E) is Montreal’s most famous meals-on-wheels (mostly bike wheels) program. One of their many projects is a community bicycle workshop called Santrovelo. (1)
Montreal Bike Polo (various locations) meets every Sunday for a game.
Bicycle Film Festival (1564 St. Denis St., late summer/ early fall)
This international film festival is usually combined with other activities, such as bike scavenger hunts and after-parties.
Bike Movies in the Park (various locations) organizes rides and movie screenings at various parks. Previous flicks included Breaking Away and The Triplets of Belleville.
Wheel Club (3373 Cavendish Blvd.) One of Montreal’s longest-running open stages, “Hillbilly Night,” attracts a large number of cyclists every Monday night. (2)
Salon du Velo (February) The annual Montreal Bicycle Show is now in its 11th year running.
Le Cagibi (5490 St. Laurent Blvd.) This shaggy-chic dive has long been a favorite haunt for scenesters, zinesters and cyclesters in the Mile End. Great food, live entertainment and generous bike parking. (3)
La Panthere Verte (66 St. Viateur St. W) True to its name (which means “green panther”), La Panthere Verte has many ecologically-friendly practices, including catering delivery by bicycle. (4)
Cafe Santropol (3990 St. Urbain St.) Located along a bike path in the Plateau, Cafe Santropol is famous for their monstrously big cream cheese sandwiches. (5)
Maison des Cyclistes (1251 Rachel St. E) Housed in the Vélo Québec headquarters, this cafe is a popular rest spot for cyclists. At the intersection of two important bike path “superhighways.” (6)
Cafe Fractal (200 Sherbrooke St. W SH-R380) Located on the UQAM (Universite de Quebec à Montreal) campus, this student-run cafe specializes in fair trade and organic food and drinks. BQAM, UQAM’s community bicycle shop, is housed in the same building. (7)
So many Quebec hotels, B&Bs and hostels want to advertise themselves as “bicycle-friendly” that Vélo Québec established a certification program, Bienvenue cyclistes! To be certified by Bienvenue cyclistes!, an establishment must provide guests with covered and secure bike storage, tools for minor repairs and information about cycling and cycling facilities in Montreal. To find certified Bienvenue cyclistes! accommodations that suit your specific needs, consult the database. The list below is a selection.
Hilton Bonaventure Montreal (900 de la Gauchetiere St. W) The Montreal Hilton probably sees more limousines than bicycles, but when cyclists come, the hotel will open its glamorous doors.
Hôtel Travelodge Montreal Centre (50 Rene-Levesque Blvd. W) is one street away from Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles, which hosts many of the biggest events of the summer.
Auberge de Jeunesse de Montreal (1030 MacKay St.) Only a few blocks from the Centre Bell Stadium, this Hostelling International institution offers hockey packages for those dropping in to watch games. (8)
BIXI (various locations) dominates the bike rental business. The three-speed bikes are heavy and clunky, but with over 400 rental outlets all over the city, BIXI takes the prize for convenience.
La Bicycletterie J.R. (201 Rachel St. E) Located along a bike path in the heart of the Plateau, J.R. is one of Montreal’s most reputable and established bike shops. Prices start at $15 for four hours. (9)
Ça roule, Montreal on Wheels (27 de la Commune St. E) is located in the picturesque Old Port. Its rental fleet is 150 strong and includes tandems, cruisers, kids’ bikes and more. Prices begin at $5 for one hour.
Ma Bicyclette (2985 C St. Patrick St.) rents on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. Ma Bicyclette also houses the Montreal chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, which ships bikes to developing countries. (10)
ABC Cycles & Sports (5584 Park Ave.) is one of the giants in the Montreal cycling retail business. Situated in the Mile End, this shop has an impressive range of bicycles for sale. (11)
Right to Move/ La voie libre (no address, but near the corner of Sherbrooke Street W and Jeanne-Mance Street and Cafe Fractal – check website for map) is Montreal’s oldest and most established community bicycle workshop. You do all the work, and friendly volunteer mechanics are always on hand to assist.
Bikurious (1757 Amherst St.) Located in the Gay Village, this retail bike shop is rightfully named. Famous not only for their swanky custom-made bikes, but also for their barber service, which offers “lesbian haircuts for anyone.” (12)
The Flat (3480 McTavish, Suite B-02) This student-run community bicycle shop is located on the McGill campus in the Shatner building. They also offer workshops on bicycle mechanics. (13)
Dumoulin Bicyclettes (173 Jean-Talon St. E) is one of the highest-rated retail shops in Montreal. Also a generous supporter of community bicycle shops and other local nonprofit initiatives. (14)
SAAQ (Societe de l’assurance automobile du Quebec) information on bicycle safety.
La Route Verte La Route Verte is the longest network of bicycle paths in Quebec.
Cyclo Nord-Sud ships bicycles to developing countries.
Numbers (1) refer to points on the map above.