By Michael Boriero
There are more cyclists on the roads these days in Quebec, as people sought ways to defeat pandemic boredom and attempted to stay active during the province’s prolonged lockdown.
There are 4.5 million cyclists, according to a 2020 report from Vélo Québec, which is based on a province-wide survey. Retail sales reached $565 million last year, as small shops and big box stores sold 7.2 million bicycles and 365,000 e-bikes.
However, more bikes means more traffic on the roads. Vélo Québec publishes a report every five years, and since 2015 the province has seen a 34 per cent decrease in the number of accidents between cyclists and motorists. But it is still not a perfect situation.