05/29/2014 04:49 EDT | Updated 07/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal's bike path network to grow

The City of Montreal will spend $10 million to improve and add another 50 kilometres to its bike path network

this year. 

The city’s plan includes 49 sections of new bike paths, including the inauguration of a new trail that will run across the island of Montreal from the Rivière des Prairies to the St. Lawrence River.

Aref Salem, the executive committee member responsible for transportation, said construction of the first phase of the path, west of the Henri-Bourassa metro station, will start this fall.

Once it’s complete, it will allow cyclists to cross the island on a route that is completely separate from city traffic.

While cycling advocates welcome the city’s investment in the network, some say it need to do more to keep cyclists safe.

“We have to pay more attention to downtown Montreal. There’s a black hole in the downtown,” said Suzanne Lareau of Vélo Québec.

She said the city urgently needs to take a look at St-Laurent Boulevard and make it less dangerous for cyclists.

Lareau also said more painted "bike boxes" at intersections would be an easy and inexpensive way to make cycling safer. 

Readers on a mobile device can see the graphic here.