City Bike Designer Linus Bike Applauds Montreal’s Plan for ‘Vélorues’

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Montreal’s proposed plan for Vélorues, roads designed for cyclist traffic, has become a growing controversy among business owners. Linus Bike, road safety advocates for the cycling community, announces its support of the newly incorporated roadways.

On February 1, 2013, following the announcement from a Montreal spokesperson confirming the proposed planning of Vélorues to enhance road safety for cyclists, Linus Bike, a city bike manufacturer, applauds the idea.

According to CBC News, a borough spokesperson confirmed that “vélorues — roads specifically designated for cyclists — is being considered seriously. The concept is in its preliminary stages and no specifics have yet to be decided upon. The streets being considered would be smaller side streets and not major arteries.”

“We have important transportation issues in Montreal and especially on the bike path network. It's saturated and over-crowded. It's becoming increasingly stressful and dangerous,” Simon Carreau, a cyclist who lives in the Plateau said in the article.

The article states that some business owners, like Jean-Pierre Szaraz of the Chez Farfelu boutique on Mont Royal Ave, are worried about how the vélorues will affect their business. Szaraz stated that “since the Plateau made a number of street changes, including changing Christophe-Colomb Avenue into a one-way street going north, his business has seen a decrease in sales” and restricting vehicles even more makes him cautious.

On the contrary, Carreau mentioned in the article that he believes the idea will bring even more consumers to local businesses. “It would bring a lot more people and a lot more cyclists to the Plateau and travelling across the Plateau. It would relieve some pressure off the regular road network,” he stated.

City bike designer Linus Bike representative China Reevers is hopeful that the improved roadways will benefit the local businesses and improve road safety for cyclists. “The proposed establishment of the vélorues in Montreal seems a sound solution that will benefit both businesses and cyclists. It will be interesting to see if vélorues are introduced in American cities as cycling becomes more popular and the roadways more congested.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.


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