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Road closures on June 4 and 6

Montréal Bike Fest hits the streets

>> par Vélo Québec Événements 
Montreal, June 4, 2010 — Un Tour la Nuit and Le Tour de l’Île de Montréal, the headline events of the Montréal Bike Fest, will be wheeling through several parts of the city on Friday, June 4, and Sunday, June 6. On both days, residents may need to do a little more planning than usual to get to their destinations, as certain streets will be closed to automobile traffic and parking restrictions will be in effect for several hours.

Un Tour la Nuit begins at 8:30 p.m., leaving from Saint-Joseph Boulevard and Garnier Street, finishing at Jeanne-Mance Park and running through the boroughs of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont–Petite-Patrie and Ville-Marie.

Le Tour de l’Île de Montréal starts at 9:15 a.m. at the corner of Park Avenue and Mont-Royal Avenue and ends at Jeanne-Mance Park. The route will travel through the city via the boroughs of Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Anjou, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Est, Montréal-Nord, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont–Petite-Patrie, Ville-Marie and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.

In line with their commitment to maximizing public awareness, the event organizers will strive to keep residents informed of the arrangements made to facilitate the flow of road traffic and ensure access to health care institutions.

Minimizing traffic disruptions

To avoid inconveniences, such as having their vehicle towed away, residents are urged to refer to the route maps and road closure and parking restriction information for their area at www.veloquebec.info/infocirculation.

Residents and visitors looking for assistance in planning alternative routes during the events can contact 514-521-VELO (8356), extension 380:
  • Monday to Friday (until June 3): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 4: 1 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, June 5: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 6: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the activities, a number of volunteers, cadets and police officers will be stationed at the corners of closed-off streets to guide motorists. They will be equipped with route maps and suggested alternatives for motorists, which they will hand out to those who wish to have a copy.

The organizers would like to remind the public that pedestrians and cyclists will be allowed to cross the event routes at all times. Volunteers will be on site to facilitate any such crossings.

Access to health care institutions

Special measures have been taken to ensure that the health care institutions located in the vicinity of the routes for Un Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal remain accessible. The Agence de santé et des services sociaux de Montréal nevertheless recommends that the public:
  • Contact the institution concerned prior to going there.
  • Call the Info-Santé hotline (811) before visiting the emergency room of one of these institutions.
  • Dial 911 in an emergency situation.

Montréal Bike Fest
Il est encore temps de s'inscrire! Information and registration: 514-521-8356, ext. 504 • 1-800-567-8356, ext. 504 • www.velo.qc.ca
Presented by the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, the Montréal Bike Fest is a fun-filled, week-long cycling event, featuring three very different activities, namely the Metropolitan Challenge (May 30), Un Tour la Nuit (June 4) and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (June 6). In addition, Operation Bike-to-Work, a major campaign to promote cycling as a commuting option, will be under way throughout the festival week. Run by Vélo Québec Événements, a division of Vélo Québec, this week of cycling activities is also made possible with the collaboration of the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, Tourisme Québec and the Ville de Montréal. Operation Bike-to-Work runs year long with support from its financial partner, Transports Québec.

Promoting cycling in Quebec since 1967
For more than 40 years, Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been a key figure in the Quebec cycling landscape. In an effort to improve the environment and the health and well-being of the general public, Vélo Québec continuously promotes safe, widespread bicycle use for recreation and tourism and encourages cycling as a means of sustainable, active transportation.

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INFORMATION
Véronique Lavoie
Press Agent, Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 358
Cell.: 514-951-3961
vlavoie@velo.qc.ca



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