Monday, August 1, 2011

At last some recongnition!

I finally received my July-August edition of Momentum magazine.

This month's editorial titles: "Catching Montreal's Joie de Vivre". Editor Sarah Ripplinger relates how she enjoyed the city, the Tours and our dynamic and vibrant cycling culture. In particular:

"The message that came back to me again and again was that cycling is a normal and completely accepted part of the Montreal lifestyle. As Jean-François Pronovost, vice president of development for Vélo Québec, explained when I asked him why there wasn't more push-back from motorists with the creation of yet another separated bike lane: "We've had separated bike lanes for a long time now, at least since the early 1980's. It's normal for us." Another key factor seems to be having access to bike share. Pronovost said the downtown bike lanes and BIXI bike share have both helped to boost the number of  cyclists he sees on the streets.
Going to Montreal was like travelling to the future of cycling in other major metropolitan centers. I can see it happening in New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, even Toronto. And I can tell you, after having experienced riding with other cyclists in Montreal's separated bike lanes and integrated cycling routes, when it happens in your city, it will be a welcome sight indeed."
Emphasis is mine. You can read the rest of it here.
Now, that's some real journalism accurately reporting the facts and fairly portraying reality.

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