Pucher: Montreal bike festival heralds release from grip of COVID

Professor Emeritus John Pucher was featured in a recent article that discusses the vibrant and uplifting atmosphere of Montreal’s annual bicycling festival amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The festival is a celebration of community spirit and resilience, with thousands of participants taking part in various cycling events and embracing the joy of being outdoors. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the festival serves as a symbol of hope and unity, bringing people together and providing a much-needed sense of normalcy.

An MIT book on global cycling trends by urban planning researchers John Pucher of Rutgers University and Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech named Montreal a world leader in establishing a safe network for bike commuting and recreation.

Pucher told the AP the city was “way ahead of the curve” in producing “the most comfortable, the least stressful bicycling infrastructure.”

Even before COVID got even more people on bikes, Montreal experienced a nearly two-thirds drop in the rate of serious cycling injuries since 2000 as the city’s bike network more than doubled, Buehler and Pucher found.

The Washington Post, May 15, 2023