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INFOCIRCULATION: Tour de l’Île de Montréal Takes Center Stage on City Streets

>> par Vélo Québec 
Montreal, Thursday, June 2, — Getting around the city may require a little more planning than usual this Sunday, June 5 during the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, since certain streets will be closed to traffic and off limits to parking for a few hours.

Street closure schedule for the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (map and list of streets) >>>

How to get to the Tour de l’Île de Montréal by bike, metro or car >>>

The Tour de l’Île de Montréal starts at 9:15 a.m. on Parc Avenue, at the corner of Mont-Royal Avenue, and finishes at Jeanne-Mance Park. The route runs through the city and the following boroughs: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, LaSalle, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont–Petite-Patrie, Ville-Marie, Ville Mont-Royal, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Verdun, Sud-Ouest, and Westmount.

In an effort to keep citizens well-informed, Montreal Bike Fest organizers would like to outline the measures they have taken to facilitate road travel and access to health institutions.


To avoid any inconveniences, such as the towing of vehicles, we ask citizens to consult the schedule for streets closed to traffic and off limits to parking in their sector at In addition, a map of the cycling route will be published in La Presse on Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Citizens and visitors wishing to plan a driving route in order to bypass the cycling course can call 514 521-VELO (8356), ext. 380
  • Monday to Friday (until June 2), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 5, from 7 a.m. 5 p.m.

During the event, many volunteers, cadets and police officers will be positioned at closed-off streets in order to direct motorists. These traffic monitors will be distributing a plan of the cyclists’ course and the car bypass routes.

The organizers would like to point out that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the cycling route at any time. Volunteers will be on hand to facilitate crossings.


Alternative measures have been taken to ensure access to healthcare institutions located near the Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île de Montréal routes. The Agence de santé et de services sociaux de Montréal recommends the following:
  • Contacting the institution concerned before going there;
  • Calling the Info-Santé 811 hotline before going to the emergency department of one of these institutions;
  • Calling 911 in case of an emergency.

Information and registration: 514 521-8356, ext. 504 | 1 800 567-8356, ext. 504 |

The Montreal Bike Fest is produced by Vélo Québec, following the creation of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal in 1985. Presented by the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, the Montreal Bike Fest also relies on its associate sponsors, which include Gaz Métro, Mouvement Desjardins, Metro, Sports Experts, Loto Québec and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). In addition, it receives invaluable support from its public partners, namely the Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions, Tourisme Québec, Transport Québec, the City of Montreal, Tourisme Montréal and the Direction de santé publique of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

Montreal Bike Fest general press release >>>

For over 40 years, Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been a key player on the Quebec cycling scene. The organization constantly encourages the use of bicycles, whether for recreation, tourism or as a means of clean, active transportation, in order to improve the environment, health and well-being of citizens.

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Véronique Lavoie
Press Agent, Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 358
Cell: 514-942-0743

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