Viewpoint : February 2015

Vélo sous zéro
Come out and celebrate four-season cycling on Sunday, February 15!

In early February of last year, we were curious to see your level of interest in a winter biking event. We speculated that many cyclists would be intrigued by a happening as original and unexpected as Vélo sous zéro. One of our goals was to demystify winter biking and get lots of media coverage. The event proved a huge success in every way, as demonstrated by the participants’ smiles.

This year, the 2nd edition of Vélo sous zéro will take place on Sunday, February 15. The event is aimed at celebrating winter biking, as well as highlighting its versatility and the pleasure of pedalling as a group in the heart of winter. This easy-paced ride along 15 km of snow-free streets and bike paths is an opportunity for all cyclists to enjoy a fun-filled experience.

Be there on Sunday, February 15 at 10 a.m. in front of the Bistro culturel de l’Espace La Fontaine, in the park of the same name. The event is free and there’s still time to register. Just click here.

International winter cycling congress in 2017
In more and more northern cities, two-wheeled travel is taken into account 12 months a year. In 2013, the Winter Cycling Congress was launched in Oulu, Finland. As part of Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, Vélo Québec submitted the City’s candidacy as host of the “Winter Cycling Congress–The Four Seasons of Biking”, which will be held in February 2017. This nomination received the support of cycling groups from Québec, the United States, and major Canadian cities. If Montréal hosts this congress in 2017, four-season biking will gain a new platform for promoting its public image, while our municipal authorities will be updated on the best practices throughout the world. We will keep you abreast of future developments.

Bicycle show this weekend
Don’t forget, it’s the Montréal Bicycle Show at Place Bonaventure, February 13 to 15. Vélo Québec will be there with its whole team of biking enthusiasts. Come and see us!

Suzanne Lareau
President and CEO