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Vélo Québec invites you to a series of bike-to-work activities, May 26 to 28, as part of the Go Bike Montréal Festival!

Montreal, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Every day, thousands of Montrealers bike to work. For them, cycling constitutes their preferred means of transportation – it’s healthy, it’s budget-friendly and it’s convenient. As part of the Go Bike Montréal Festival, presented by Le Lait in collaboration with Jean Coutu, you are invited to take part in some special bike-to-work activities promoting the benefits of cycle commuting. Montrealers are encouraged to hop on their bicycle and head over for the ultimate in enjoyment before and after work.

Rendez-vous Cycle Chic
Tuesday, May 26
5 p.m. onward, Centre d’histoire de Montréal
335 Place d’Youville, Old Montreal

Vélo Urbain magazine invites you to a Rendez-vous Cycle Chic event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Le Monde à bicyclette (MAB). Established in the 1970s, MAB was a dynamic group of two-wheeled activists whose determination and attention-getting lobbying efforts helped build the thriving cycling community in Montreal today. Come raise your glass in their honour! Encore du Monde à bicyclette (EMAB), a committee that has been set up to showcase MAB’s legacy, will take advantage of the opportunity to unveil its project. It’s a Rendez-vous Montréal Cycle Chic you won’t want to miss!

Journée vélo-boulot Desjardins
Wednesday, May 27
Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles, Clark/De Maisonneuve, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Journée vélo-boulot Desjardins will take place on the Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles, in downtown Montreal. Want to start biking to work? Have questions about cycling apparel, road safety, the best routes or how to mix a “transportation cocktail” that’s right for you? Get answers to all your questions so you can make cycling part of your everyday commute and maximize the corresponding benefits. And don’t forget to bring along your bicycle for your free tune-up!

“Cycling in Cities of the Future”, a talk by Gil Penalosa
Thursday, May 28
5 p.m.
Moyse Hall Theatre, Arts Building
McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street West
In cooperation with the Trottier Institute.

Free admission. In English.

Gil Penalosa is the founder of 8-80 Cities, a non-profit organization based in Toronto that is dedicated to improving the quality of life in cities. He is passionate about urban planning and sustainable mobility. He is a sought-after speaker with a knack for getting decision-makers and agents of change to dream and to embrace concrete solutions for making their cities better, more accommodating and more equitable. Whether you are an urban planner, elected official or activist, this talk will open your eyes to the city of tomorrow.


About the Go Bike Montréal Festival
The Go Bike Montréal Festival is organized by Vélo Québec. The event is presented by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, in collaboration with the Jean Coutu Group, with associate sponsors Gaz Métro, Desjardins Group, MEC, Provigo, TELUS and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Invaluable support is also provided by public partners the Ville de Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Montréal and the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.

About Vélo Québec 
Vélo Québec is a non-profit organization that has been a rallying force in the Quebec cycling community since 1967. Its mission is to promote the bicycle as an accessible means of transportation, recreation and tourism for all. Vélo Québec is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority on active transportation.

Vélo Québec
Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant
514-521-8356, ext. 358

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