Perhaps it’s the European influence, but Canada’s biggest city in the French province of Quebec has become one of the most bicycle-friendly towns in North America. Depths of winter aside, it’s easy to get around on an extensive network of bike lanes through friendly francophone neighborhoods in all corners of the city. Since 2009 Montreal has implemented a widespread BIXI public bike-sharing program, with a fleet of 5000 bicycles in 400 stations ideal for short-term hire (after 30 to 45 minutes, the price kicks up). Think of it as a self-propelled – or pedalled – taxi service rather than a source for a leisurely cycle around town. For that, you’re better off hiring a bike from one of the city’s many rental services.