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Get ready for the quintessential festival on the move!
Go Bike Montréal Festival: May 24–31, 2015


Montreal, Monday, May 25, 2015 – The Go Bike Montréal Festival, presented by Le Lait in collaboration with Jean Coutu, is proud to host a week-long lineup of urban cycling activities for everyone to enjoy. Bicycle fever will be taking over the city in the coming days, with an exciting series of much-anticipated events, including the Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l'Île de Montréal.

Tour de l’Île de Montréal | Sunday, May 31

This annual cycling extravaganza is a unique opportunity to see and experience Montreal in a whole new light. Leaving from Jeanne-Mance Park, the route will loop around the west part of the island, crossing 22 boroughs and municipalities. And with different options available, from relaxed and easy-going to the more athletically challenging, there is a Tour de l’Île for everyone!

50 km or 28 km
This classic version of the Tour de l’Île features a 50-km route of car-free streets, with three fun-filled rest areas along the way. A shorter, yet equally enjoyable, option is also available, comprising 28 km and one rest area.

Start: Parc Avenue, 9:15 a.m.
Rest areas: At km 19, 33 and 41 (km 19 for the 28 km option)
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

50 km Express
Step up the pace! The Express pack will be the first to leave the starting line and will cycle along at a speed of 30 km/h for 1.5 hours on the closed-off streets of the Tour de l’Île route.

Start: Parc Avenue, 9:15 a.m.
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

65 km–100 km Découverte
This extended “discovery” route (65 km or 100 km) boasts some of the most beautiful shoreline vistas in Montreal. The earlier starting time (7 a.m.) means a peaceful Sunday morning ride along a series of streets open to vehicular traffic. A meal will be served at the halfway point at a designated lunch stop. The last 25 km converges with the thousands of participants on the classic Tour de l’Île route, featuring closed-off streets and two activity-packed rest areas.

Start: Parc Avenue, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Access to the lunch stop (km 65 or 36), Le Lait rest area 2 (km 79 or 49) and Desjardins rest area 3 (km 87 ou 57).
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

Tour la Nuit | Friday, May 29

A festive evening parade of colours and costumes for cyclists of all ages along 21 km of car-free city streets. Starting at Jeanne-Mance Park, the route will weave through the central part of the city and take the Olympic Park by storm. This is night-time Montreal at its best!

Start: Parc Avenue, 8:15 p.m.
21 km
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

Free for kids 12 and under
Once again this year, our junior participants (12 and under) will enjoy free admission
to both the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (28 km or 50 km route) and the Tour la Nuit.
All the more reason to participate as a family!

Information and registration
514-521-8356, ext. 504, or 1-800-567-8356, ext. 504 | velo.qc.ca



Be sure not to miss our great bike-to-work activities during the Go Bike Montréal Festival!

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 Rendez-vous Cycle Chic, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Le Monde à bicyclette.

Journée vélo-boulot Desjardins | Wednesday, May 27
Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles, Clark/De Maisonneuve, 7 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” talk | Thursday, May 28
5 p.m.
Free admission. In English.
Moyse Hall Theatre, Arts Building
McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street West
In cooperation with the Trottier Institute

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.

Montréal complètement Vélo exhibition | Montréal-Trudeau airport, May 11 to June 4

This year marks the 31st edition of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal. What better time to look back at the history of this game-changing movement and how it has helped transform the city into the cycling capital of North America. The Montréal complètement Vélo exhibition gives the public a sneak peek at what they can expect from the 2015 Go Bike Montréal Festival. It features a series of photos, videos and bicycles, which lend an original touch to the passenger accommodation areas of the Montréal-Trudeau airport. On display from May 11 to June 4.

For the full Go Bike Montréal Festival press kit, go to: www.velo.qc.ca/fgvm2015

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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.

INFORMATION
Stéphanie Couillard
Media Relations Consultant
Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 358
Cell: 514-942-0743
scouillard@velo.qc.ca

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