Posted by Editoress on 08/28/15
The Route verte is now threatened following the decision of the Quebec government to abolish its maintenance program. If nothing is done, the closure of major sections is expected in the short term.
The Route verte benefits the economy of Quebec and its regions. Network quality and safe routes make it an important tourist attraction in the choice of Quebec as a bicycle destination. After investing time and resources collectively for 20 years to develop, is this a time to stop?
• The Route verte bikeway is the largest in North America and is a pride for Québec;
• The Route verte is a unique achievement in North America with its 5300 km cycling route;
• 5 million people annually visit and six million Quebecers live in a town that the Route verte runs through, or within 1 km of it;
• The Route verte runs through nearly 400 municipalities affecting three quarters of Quebecers;
• The Route verte has a positive impact on health, the environment, Quebec branding and mobility of citizens;
• The Route verte is an economic and social development tool for municipalities it crosses. The bike tourist spends more, travels more and for longer periods than the 'typical' tourist.
• Moreover, beyond the tax related to this activity collected by the government of Quebec, a number of companies directly benefit from these tourism expenditures: 500 Cyclists Welcome certified establishments, plus restaurants, tourist attractions, products regional, bike shops, etc.
Sign the petition asking the Quebec government to maintain the Route verte maintenance program to preserve this jewel and economic and social development tool for our regions.
Go Here to sign the petition (at the bottom).
Courtesy FQSC (translated)
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