Nothing unusual in Montreal to see hipsters, couriers and two-wheeled commuters of all ages sharing the roads. Here, they laugh dismissively when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s pro-car administration comes up in conversation.
But the rate at which Montrealers are hopping on their bikes to get around the city has created a whole new problem in a place haunted by infrastructure projects that never seem to end or, when they do, are stained by the dirty legacy of corruption.
“The challenge is that we have asked people to start using their bicycles and they’ve done it so much faster than we’ve been able to change the city,” said Aref Salem, who is responsible for municipal transportation on the city’s executive committee.
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