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Montréal Bike Fest 2012

INFO-CIRCULATION: Bicycles reign supreme on city streets

>> par Vélo Québec 

Montréal, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 — Getting around the city may require a little more planning than usual during the Tour la Nuit (June 1) and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (June 3), since certain streets will be closed to traffic and off-limits for parking for a few hours. 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 healthcare institutions. All the details can be found at


The Tour la Nuit starts at 8:15 p.m. on Saint-Joseph Blvd., at the corner of Christophe-Colomb St., and finishes at Jeanne-Mance Park. The cycling route runs through the following boroughs: Plateau–Mont-Royal, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.

The Tour de l’Île de Montréal starts at 9:15 a.m. on Parc Ave., at the corner of Mont-Royal Ave., and finishes at Jeanne-Mance Park. The cycling route runs through the city and following boroughs : Plateau–Mont-Royal, Outremont, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Ville Mont-Royal, Ville Saint-Laurent, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Montréal-Nord, Saint-Léonard, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Ville-Marie.

Citizens and visitors who wish to plan a driving route to bypass the cycling course can call 514 521-VELO (8356), ext. 380
  • Monday to Friday (until June 1), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 3, 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 cycling 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.

Also, a map of the cycling routes will be published in the daily newspaper La Presse on June 1 and 2.


Alternative measures have been taken to ensure access to healthcare institutions located near the Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal routes. The Agence de santé et de services sociaux de Montréal recommends the following:

  • Contacting the institution concerned beforehand;
  • Calling the Info-Santé 811 hotline before going to the emergency department of one of these institutions;
  • Calling 911 in case of an emergency.


How to get there by bike, metro or car…
The Montréal Bike Fest – produced by Vélo Québec – is presented by the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group. The Montréal Bike Fest also relies on its associate sponsors, which include Gaz Métro, Desjardins Group, Metro, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and Sports Experts. As for its public partners, the Montréal Bike Fest has the invaluable support of Ville de Montréal, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions, Tourisme Québec, Transports Québec, Tourisme Montréal and the Direction de santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

Vélo Québec: 45 years of biking initiatives
Vélo Québec has been mobilizing the Quebec cycling community since 1967. It organizes, notably, the popular Montréal Bike Fest and some 70 trips throughout the world, publishes Vélo Mag and oversees the development of the Route verte, as well as recreational mountain biking. Vélo Québec is also an agent of change. Its actions include defending cyclists’ rights, promoting the bicycle as a daily means of commuting to school and work, and helping governments and municipalities create a friendly environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Vélo Québec has worked for 45 years to provide Quebecers with an ideal cycling milieu.

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Véronique Lavoie
Public Relations Consultant | Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 358 | Cell: 514-942-0743 |

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