History of the Route verte initiative

The Route verte concept dates back to the late 1980s, when the key members of Vélo Québec were already articulating, in various forms, their plans for the future of cycling in Québec. In 1992, the organization took advantage of its role as the host of the Conférence Vélo Mondiale, along with the celebration of its 25th anniversary, to publicly present the Plan du Québec cyclable et des corridors verts de l'an 2000.

In 1995, the Government of Québec announced that it would collaborate with Vélo Québec on the planning and construction of the Route verte, investing $88.5 million over ten years to develop a bikeway over 4,000 kilometres linking all parts of Québec. This initiative requires a great deal of effort within the various regions as well as the involvement of several different ministries — work that is coordinated within the Government by the Québec ministry of transportation. Since 1995, Vélo Québec has overseen the development of the Route verte on behalf of the Government. It coordinates planning, interregional cooperation, communications and promotion of the initiative.


La Route verte est une idée originale de Vélo Québec réalisée avec le ministère des Transports du Québec, le gouvernement du Québec et des partenaires régionaux.