The multipurpose path across the Jacques Cartier Bridge has finally reopened for spring.\nA pilot project that tested whether the path can remain open in the winter also just concluded.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose path has officially reopened for the season, meaning cyclists and pedestrians are now free to cross the bridge. The path closed on December 20, 2019, leaving the bridge only accessible to vehicular traffic. Throughout the winter months, however, the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) was running a winter operation simulation to a closed number of cyclists in an effort to better understand if and how the bridge could remain open in winter months to non-vehicular travellers.\nAccording to an update provided on February 5, 2020, preliminary data of the simulation of winter operations showed the project was "going well."\nCyclists who were part of the closed system of testing were "able to use the multipurpose path on 24 days for a total of 527 trips" between December 23 and January 31.\nThey were then required to fill out a survey evaluating each trip and the quality of the path's cycling surface. JCCBI noted that "so far, their overall evaluation is 2.84 out of 3, which is very positive."\nThe test continued until Thursday when the bridge reopened to the public, which should mean that the final report regarding the results of the winter simulation should be available soon.\nFor those cyclists that weren't part of the test group, the RTL ran a shuttle between Montreal and Longueuil that allowed bikes on board.\n❄️❄️During the closure of the multipurpose path of #JacquesCartierBridge for the winter, #JCCBI reminds #cyclists that @RTL_info is running a shuttle who provides the link between #MTL and #Longueuil. INFO → https://t.co/qTIIZAcxly#winterbiking #velohiver #veloMTL #VeloBus pic.twitter.com/KkKtqdORwG— Pont Jacques-Cartier (@pontJCBridge) February 27, 2020\n🚴♀️🚶♂️ NOTICE TO PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS: Opening of the multipurpose path and sidewalk of the #JacquesCartierBridge at 5:30 a.m., tomorrow morning (Thursday, March 12).https://t.co/X5oXejKCFp#jccbi pic.twitter.com/jK48hsMTau— Pont Jacques-Cartier (@pontJCBridge) March 11, 2020\nThe multipurpose path is 2.7 km long and overlooks the St. Lawrence River, downtown Montreal, Mount Royal, and the Old Port.\nYou can even stop at Parc Jean-Drapeau via an access ramp on your way from one side to the other.\nREAD ALSO: Potentially Violent Storm With Strong Winds & Freezing Rain To Hit Southern Quebec\nThere is no word yet on when the final results of the winter simulation will be released, but with such positive reviews only halfway through, as noted in the update on February 5, there is some promise for those cyclists that have been fighting to keep the bridge open all year round.\n2/2 The simulation of winter operations project on the multipurpose path started with 25 test cyclists. This is a closed-circuit project. The multipurpose path is not opened for pedestrians, joggers and the other cyclists this winter. INFO → https://t.co/cBUWdK206n https://t.co/C9mLZs0xJX— Pont Jacques-Cartier (@pontJCBridge) January 8, 2020\n#JacquesCartierBridge Multipurpose Path - Update on the Winter Operation Simulation: preliminary data show that the project is going well. INFO → https://t.co/JJvRIn2YoS #veloMTL— Pont Jacques-Cartier (@pontJCBridge) February 5, 2020\nApparently, over 150 cyclists signed up to be included in the test project in just 24 hours, indicating a significant desire to keep the path open, even when temperatures drop and the snow starts falling.\nUntil we have the final word on the simulation, next winter remains a question mark.\nBut the good news is the path is now officially open for spring, meaning anyone can now take a ride or a walk across.\nRevealing numbers:34! | Did you know that, since 2011, 34 healthy baby #falcons have hatched on #JCCBI’s structures? Learn more by reading our Annual report → https://t.co/KMG5qephNv #bridge #biodiversity #environment #infrastructure pic.twitter.com/5gW3Iu8VUF— PJCCI / JCCBI (@PJCCI) February 25, 2020\nWho knows, if you're lucky, you might even spot one of the baby falcons who recently started to call the structure home!