Vélo-Québec says: “Save the PPJ”

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This past April, the MRC Pontiac initiated a plan to investigate converting the Cycloparc PPJ into an off-road vehicle trail. The PPJ has been part of Quebec’s Route Verte since 2008, permitting an annual $80,000 grant from Transport Québec to the MRC for maintenance.

This past April, the MRC Pontiac initiated a plan to investigate converting the Cycloparc PPJ into an off-road vehicle trail. The PPJ has been part of Quebec’s Route Verte since 2008, permitting an annual $80,000 grant from Transport Québec to the MRC for maintenance. The trail’s official inclusion in the Route Verte was formalized with a memorandum of understanding between the MRC and Vélo Québec, which acts as an agent for the Québec government to develop and protect the province-wide network of bicycle infrastructure.
The proposed use of the PPJ by quads is inadvisable and quite simply unacceptable due to the detrimental effect it would have on both pedestrian and cyclist safety and the condition of the trail surface. In fact, motorized vehicles are banned on sections of the Route Verte throughout Québec.
Vélo Québec is still waiting to meet with MRC Pontiac officials to stress the importance of protecting the Route Verte in the Outaouais region for cyclists and hikers of all ages. The portion of Cycloparc PPJ included in the Route Verte stretches 90 km from Wyman to L’Isle-aux-Allumettes and links the Route Verte with Ontario’s Voyageur Cycling Route.
The Route Verte is a 5,300-kilometre network of bikeways that allows cyclists to explore. It’s one of the most inspiring and compelling projects undertaken by the province in the last 25 years. The only cycling infrastructure of its kind in North America, Route Verte reaches more than 400 municipalities and 75% of the provincial population. It has beneficial impacts on health, leisure, tourism, the environment, urban and regional development, and property tax revenue for municipalities. Valued at $475 million, the Route Verte is a powerful tool for promoting an active lifestyle and fostering economic and social development.

Stéphanie Couillard
Vélo Québec