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Montreal tries bus bike racks

Cyclists in Montreal will have a chance to test bus bike racks this summer, as part of a public pilot project.

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  • Bike racks will be available on bus routes 140 and 180

Cyclists in Montreal will have a chance to test bus bike racks this summer, as part of a public pilot project.

The STM is outfitting buses on two routes in Montreal's north end with bicycles racks.

Each rack can hold two bicycles. (Salimah Shivji/CBC)
The racks will "give some flexibility, some intermodality between buses, bicycles, pedestrians and cars, so that you can offer a dynamic alternative to the car," said STM president Michel Labrecque.

Each rack holds a maximum of two bicycles, and cyclists will have to hook in their bikes unassisted.

Bus drivers aren't happy with the project, and filed a formal complaint with the province's work health and safety board, claiming the racks are dangerous.

"With the bike rack, our view is obstructed," said Denis Vaillancourt, a spokesman for the bus drivers' union.

The complaint was rejected, but the union said it will appeal.

Major cities across the North America offer bus bike racks, including Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City.

Montreal's pilot project will outfit 25 buses with racks, which will stay in place until November, when the city's bike paths officially close for the winter.

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