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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Active Mobility

WINTER HOURS: JACQUES CARTIER BRIDGE MULTIPURPOSE PATH AND SIDEWALK

When will you let us know that winter hours are in effect on the path and sidewalk?

We will inform you a few days in advance so that you can plan your travel. 

Information about active mobility will only be issued via:

What are the winter hours for the path and sidewalk?

During the winter, the path and sidewalk will be open 7 days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Why are you closing the path and sidewalk at night?

Between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., JCCBI’s teams will perform preventive maintenance on the path and sidewalk at night to minimize closures during operating hours. Weekend closures are also possible for more in-depth snow removal operations.

When will we be notified whenever the path and sidewalk are closed/reopened during operating hours?

If weather conditions allow us to do so in advance, we will notify users a few hours before closing the path and sidewalk. In the event of an emergency closure, users will be notified at the same time the path is closed.

Users will be notified a few hours in advance before the path and sidewalk are reopened.

In any event, information about active mobility will only be communicated via:

How can I check the conditions of the path and sidewalk?

You can check them in two ways:

  • Via our Active Mobility Live Network web page.
  • Via the mobile variable messaging signs at the entrances to the path and sidewalk on the Longueuil and Montreal sides.

JCCBI has set up colour codes to let users quickly identify the path conditions.

Green: Path/sidewalk open – Good conditions

Yellow: Path/sidewalk open – Snowy, icy or narrow-width conditions

Red: Path/sidewalk closed – Due to winter maintenance or weather conditions

When is the bicycle path open?

The Corporation keeps the multipurpose path and sidewalk open for as long as possible before switching to winter hours where these two links are open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The bicycle path on the Bridge Estacade   is open from April to December.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) coordinates with the Parc Jean-Drapeau bicycle path network to announce the hours of operation for the bicycle path on the ice control structure.

Can we get an alert when a path is closed?

A few years ago, the Corporation set up a system on its website to let users know at a glance
whether the path is open or closed. You can also sign up for our alerts to get an e-mail in
the case of a sudden closure.

What species can be observed from the Champlain Bridge Ice
Control Structure and how are you protecting these animals?

JCCBI is helping to protect the site’s biodiversity with a winter refuge for brown snakes and nesting habitats under the Champlain
Bridge Ice Control Structure for the largest colony of cliff swallows in Quebec.

How can bicycle path users share their comments with JCCBI?

Users can contact JCCBI by email and over our digital platforms. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year,
the Corporation set up an advisory committee for the Jacques Cartier Bridge bicycle path to create
a dialogue with representatives from associations that represent the interests of the pedestrians
and cyclists who regularly use the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The committee is a way for everyone to
discuss their needs as well as the benefits and constraints related to the use of the bridge’s
multipurpose path.

Are you planning to redevelop the approaches of the Jacques Cartier Bridge bicycle path and sidewalk?

The Ville de Montréal is looking to enhance the land near the bridge. The City’s “Downtown
Strategy” is part of a broader project to revitalize the downtown area by 2030. The objective is to
strengthen the urban fabric in the area, increase the amount of green surfaces, and improve
pedestrian and bicycle paths.