Efforts by the City of Gatineau to improve its cycling network in recent years are not foreign to the growing number of cyclists on its territory. Gatineau is even in a position to claim again under cycling capital by 2020, according to the organization Velo Quebec.
The report Bicycling in 2015, produced by Velo Quebec every five years, could not be clearer. “Gatineau could easily regain its leading position in active transportation in Quebec by 2020,” it said by way of introduction of the document. The investments made by the City to improve the network, particularly along the Jacques-Cartier Street and around the Rapibus are there for something, says Velo Quebec.
It’s the same for the new municipal development plan, which gives prominence to active travel and the many speed mitigation measures in different neighborhoods Gatineau. “Milestones are posed,” says Vélo Québec.
“Gatineau has undeniable advantages, insists Marc Jolicoeur, director of research at Vélo Québec. The potential for recreational cycling is very important. This is also in Gatineau where we find the highest proportion of cyclists in 55-74 years. This is a strong indication of the quality of recreational cycling network in the territory. ”
Mr. Jolicoeur also incenses the Network Utilities cycle paths which has Gatineau. “It is of great quality, he said. You can get to work easily in the Gatineau area in downtown Ottawa, safely and without unnecessary detours “Only downside however for Vélo Québec. The lack of connections between residential areas and the utility network.
The President of the Municipal Council of Gatineau and responsible cycling record, Daniel Champagne, is not surprised by the results. Being himself a follower of cycling as recreational utility, the counselor says able to see an increase in bicycle traffic in Gatineau.
“It’s not enough, he said. We must raise awareness of our infrastructure. Our network works fine. It must be demonstrated, including the people of Gatineau sector moving towards the city center. The utility network is our priority. We must raise awareness and correct what needs to be. ”
Mr. Champagne recognizes that certain sections of Gatineau cycling network are completed in a no man’s land, as indicated by Vélo Québec in its report. “This is what should be avoided, he said. It takes cyclists can stay in a friendly and safe network. This particular will be one of the mandates of the new bike coordinator of the City of Gatineau. ”
The Chairman is also delighted with the proportion of young people who cycle in Gatineau. In fact, 89% of 3-17 years are circulating cycling in the bike lanes of the city. This is one of the proportions of young cyclists highest in Quebec. “We must ensure that they have the infrastructure in place for these young people continue to use their bikes when they visited the labor market,” warns Mr. Champagne.
Bicycling in Gatineau in 2015
151000 cyclists aged 3 to 74, or 54% of Gatineau residents in 2015;
91,000 Gatinois pedaling every week;
200,017 bikes in circulation, of which 55,000 belong to children;
89% of children aged 3 to 17 years are riding, they are 41 000. Adults are 54% to make, they were 48% in 2010;
the Gatineau cyclists are on average 3.2 hours per week biking and travel an average of 43 km. In doing so, they remove from the atmosphere 31,000 tons of greenhouse gases;
the cycling network of Gatineau grew its extent of 34% between 2010 and 2015;
the network includes 170 km of bike paths physically separated from cars. This is 63% of the network.