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Info-circulation: Go Bike Montréal Festival
Spotlight on cycling in the heart of the city!



Montreal, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Getting around the city by car may take a little extra planning while the Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île de Montréal events are on, this coming Friday, May 29, and Sunday, May 31, as select streets will be closed to automobile traffic and several temporary parking bans will be in effect. The organizers of the Go Bike Montréal Festival are committed to keeping the public informed and providing residents and visitors with details on alternate routes and means of getting to healthcare institutions.

Road travel:

The Tour la Nuit event begins at 8:15 p.m. at Parc Avenue and Mont-Royal Avenue, and ends at Jeanne-Mance Park. The route will take cyclists through the boroughs of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Ville-Marie.

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


For a complete list of streets temporarily closed to vehicular traffic and parking, go to: www.veloquebec.info/en/govelo/Infocirculation-and-roads-closed-to-cars


For more information on getting around Montreal on May 29 and 31,
call 514-521-8356 or 1-800-567-8356, ext. 509.


• Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. to midnight
• Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• Sunday, May 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers, cadets and police officers will be on site at closed-off streets to direct motorists and distribute copies of the event route and bypass options to those who need them.

The organizers would like to point out that pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to cross cycling routes at any time. Volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance where necessary.

The event map will be published in the May 29 and 30 issues of La Presse.


Access to healthcare institutions:

Alternative measures have been implemented to make sure the public has access to healthcare facilities located near the Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île routes. Accordingly, the Agence de santé et de services sociaux de Montréal recommends that you:
1. Contact the institution you are going to before heading out.
2. Call Info-Santé (8-1-1) before attempting to go to an emergency room at any of these facilities.
3. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

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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