Car-free on wheels in Montreal

Row of Bixi bike park on street of Old Montreal.
Row of Bixi bike park on street of Old Montreal.
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With its plentiful BIXI bike-sharing stations and 348-mile network of bike paths and lanes, Montreal is made for cycling. Still, the riding is urban and can be harrowing. The alternative is a spin on the scenic Lachine Canal bike trail. Start at Old Port or behind Atwater Market for, respectively, 7- or 5-mile routes one way. Bike rental stations are available at each spot. The western end of the Lachine leads to René-Lévesque Park, situated on a thin peninsula and housing two dozen sculptures. If you’re feeling ambitious, return via the 13-mile Les Berges cycle path along the St. Lawrence River, though you will have to share some pavement with cars near the end.

DIANE DANIEL

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