Freedom from fear.
Montreal has been "doing" bikes since the seventies - building its infrastructure little by little. Aside from bike paths and dedicated lanes throughout the city, you'll find these nice pay-by-the-hour bike stands.
Everywhere you look - bikes, bikes, bikes.
For certain a great deal of the experience is due to Montreal's position as the most European influenced city in North America. I'm not suggesting that Europe has it all figured out - but when it comes to this, sorry - they're several decades ahead of us.
Really folks - you know you want some of this..
Sacre bleu!! She has no helmet!! She is so smart, so fit, so free, so.. unafraid. Ooh la la! Summer has arrived in Montreal.