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Vélo Québec initiates the effort to complete the link between the Route verte and the Ontario cycling network

>> par Vélo Québec Association  Montréal, Thursday, June 16, 2005 — Vélo Québec today welcomed representatives of the Ontario cycling network who just completed a promotional tour that began in Brockville, Ontario, and ended on the Route verte. The goal of this tour was to draw attention to the initiation of work on a link between the cycling networks in the two provinces.

As the body responsible for overseeing the development of the Route verte, Vélo Québec wants to mobilize its various Québec cycling network partners—especially its main collaborator, Transports Québec¬—so as to finish work on the 13 kilometres required to complete the bicycle link between Montréal and the Ontario border.

This is one of a series of initiatives that Vélo Québec is pursuing to ensure that the Route verte is linked to cycling networks in neighbouring provinces and states before its official inauguration in 2007.

The Route verte is currently linked to networks in New Brunswick (1998) and the states of New York and Vermont (1999). The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers has affirmed its support for the creation of such links on three separate occasions, in 1997, 1998 and 2003.

During a press briefing held at Place des cyclistes in Parc Lafontaine, Manon Barbe, associate councillor to the mayor of Montréal, and Jean-François Pronovost, executive director of Vélo Québec Association, presented a symbolic bicycle route sign to Vicki Barron, executive director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

The Route verte concept originated with Vélo Québec Association and is being realized in collaboration with the Government of Québec, Transports Québec and a multitude of regional partners.

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Source: Vélo Québec Association

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