Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf

Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf

The Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf is taking a turn to be more pleasing to the eye, safer, and educational.

By improving the experience of the users, the organization wishes that the trail related to the Route verte participates even more to promoting the great region of Valcartier and Portneuf. The season coming up will be filled with renovations and construction of new infrastructures for the Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf trail (SPJCP).

Bridges and structures will be reviewed for security and many other duties for the maintenance of the road and trail will be ongoing throughout the summer. For the past two years, more than $900,000 were invested to keep the quality of the track, which obtains an envelope from the maintenance program for the Route verte. The SPJCP’s financing jumped from $1,000 to $1,500 per kilometre. This is a total increase $34,250.

The MRC, Portneuf, Le Jacques-Cartier, and the transportation minister have also chipped in to offer users a newer and nicer track. To limit the vandalism and to try and stop motorcycle and ATV drivers using the trail, surveillance cameras have been installed.

To make the experience better, interpretation panels about the history of the train tracks and the municipalities being crossed have been installed along the 68 kilometre long track. The cyclists who wish to discover the Vélopiste from one end to the other without having to cycle in both directions can use the new bike-shuttle. Five departures from Quebec in a private bus are planned on Saturday July 20th, August 3 and 17, September 21, and Sunday August 18.

It is necessary to reserve by telephone from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm at 418-337-7525. $30 per person.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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