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Montrealers Support Tax Hike To Bike

Published November 1, 2007

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has
released the results of a survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Montrealers (82 percent) believe that using bikes to commute to work can be an effective way to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change.

The survey, conducted by Angus Reid Strategies on behalf of MEC, also revealed that nine-in-ten Montrealers support the expansion of the city's infrastructure to encourage bike usage in and around the city, and a majority of Montrealers (55 percent) believe this infrastructure should be the City of Montreal's responsibility.

In fact, more than half of Montrealers (57 percent), including citizens of Laval and the South Shore, claim they would bike to work if bike paths leading to and within the city were developed.

"The results of this survey send a message to those involved in helping shape Montreal's urban development. The findings support our goal to encourage individuals to increase their level of active or self-propelled transportation, which includes walking and/or biking. An infrastructure that will encourage Montrealers to participate in active transportation is something we are willing to help create," said Peter Robinson, chief executive officer of MEC.

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