Construction begins on Copenhagen-style cycle tracks in Montréal

 
 The planned street design in the new Outremont campus development in Montréal (Ville de Montréal).

The planned street design in the new Outremont campus development in Montréal (Ville de Montréal).

 

The Site Outremont is a high-profile capital development project, repurposing a former rail yard into a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood with over new 1,000 housing units, new streets and parks, and a new campus for the Université de Montréal. In 2017, Copenhagenize Design Co. was hired by the City of Montréal to assess the existing bicycle infrastructure and site conditions of all surrounding districts, and to propose improvements to the area in order to create a well-connected, comfortable, and safe bicycle network through this important new site.

Recently, our Montréal team took a lunch-break walk to the new Site Outremont project in Montréal, where the new Université de Montréal campus neighbourhood is being erected. We were beyond excited to see that the City has begun construction on the Copenhagen-style cycle tracks our team recommended last fall.

The Axe Central (new central street) is one of the new streets the City is building, and is a crucial connection point through the Site Outremont. It provides a route for residents to travel under the existing railroad tracks, linking Avenue du Parc on the eastern side and the Rockland viaduct on the western side. As such, we strongly recommended for it to be outfitted with protected bicycle infrastructure - and curb separated Copenhagen-style facilities are great for protection and cold climates! The road surface is set to be complete by the summer of 2019. In the meantime, check out our photos below: