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Go Bike Montréal Festival - Infocirculation: Planning and driving around during Tour de l’Île and Tour la Nuit

Montreal, Monday, May 26, 2014  — Driving around the city may require a little more planning than usual during Un Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île de Montréal, on Friday, May 30th and Sunday, June 1st, since certain streets will be temporarily closed to car traffic and off-limits for parking. In an effort to keep the population well-informed, Go Bike Montréal Festival organizers would like to advise citizens and visitors of the measures that have been taken to facilitate road travel and access to healthcare institutions.

Un Tour la Nuit starts at 8:15 p.m. on Parc-La Fontaine Avenue, at the corner of Roy Street, and finishes at Jeanne-Mance Park. The cycling route crosses through the following boroughs: Plateau-Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie and Sud-Ouest.

Tour de l’Île de Montréalstarts at 9:15 a.m. on Parc-La Fontaine Avenue, at the corner of Roy Street, and finishes at Jeanne-Mance Park. The cycling route crosses through the following boroughs: Plateau–Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Ville de Montréal-Est, Anjou, Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal-Nord, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension and Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.

To consult the schedule of streets closed to car traffic and off-limits for parking:

For everything you need to know about getting around Montreal on May 30th and June 1st: 514 521-8356 or 1 800 567-8356, ext. 509
• Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, May 30th, 9 a.m. to midnight
• Saturday, May 31st, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, June 1st, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

The organizers would like to point out that pedestrians and cyclists can cross the cycling routes at any time. Volunteers will be on hand to guide them.

The route map will also be published in the La Presse daily newspaper on May 30th and 31st.

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

1. Contact the institution concerned before going there;
2. Call the Info-Santé 811 hotline before going to the emergency department of one of these institutions;
3. Call 911 in case of an emergency.

About the Go Bike Montréal Festival
The Go Bike Montréal Festival is produced by Vélo Québec. Presented by the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, the event also relies on its associate sponsors, which include Gaz Métro, Desjardins Group, Provigo, MEC, TELUS and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). As for its public partners, the Go Bike Montréal Festival has the invaluable support of the City of Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec, the Fonds vert, Tourisme Montréal and the Direction de santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

About Vélo Québec 
Vélo Québec, a non-profit organization, has been a rallying force in the Quebec cycling community since 1967. Its mission is to promote the bicycle as a mode of transportation, recreation and tourism for everyone. Its expertise is recognized in Canada and throughout the international cycling community.

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Press kit :

Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant | Vélo Québec
514 521-8356, ext. 358 | Cell: 514 942-0743 |

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