05/08/2012 11:16 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal to spend $10-million on new bike paths

The city of Montreal will invest $10-million to add 70 kilometres of bike paths over the next two years, to link up existing paths in 10 boroughs.

It will also test a new innovation — a centre-lane bike path meant to prevent cyclists from crossing multiple lanes.

It will pilot the concept on Square-Victoria at St-Jacques streets.

Vélo-Québec has welcomed the initiative, but officials with the association said it still falls short of a commitment to complete 800 kilometres in bike paths, set out in Montreal's transportation plan.

With this addition, the city's network of bike paths will total 600 kilometres. City officials said they still intend to reach the 800 kilometre goal, and they will test out other innovations, including shared bike and bus lanes.