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Go Bike Montréal Festival: May 29–June 5, 2016
Get ready for the quintessential festival on the move: GO for it!

Montreal, Sunday, May 29, 2016 – Yesterday, the Metropolitan Challenge and its 3,000 participating cyclists kicked off the Go Bike Montréal Festival, a week-long lineup of cycling and urban activities for everyone to enjoy. Bicycle fever will take 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.

“I did the Metropolitan Challenge yesterday – my first ever 100k, and I loved it! I’ll also be attending several other Go Bike Montréal Festival activities with my family. There’s something for cyclists of all ages and levels of experience. Come ride the streets of Montreal with me, both during the day and at night. You’ll see the city from a whole other point of view. The vibe at the Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l’Île is really amazing,” said actor Emmanuel Bilodeau, spokesperson for the Go Bike Montréal Festival.

GO for Biking-to-Work, May 30–June 2
Biking to work is a win-win choice. In urban areas, cycling is often the fastest, most economical means of travel for distances of about 5 km, not to mention its positive effects on our health and the environment. Commuting by bike is an opportunity to start your morning on a positive note and is also a great way to unwind after a busy day. In short, it means a better quality of life. So GO for Biking-to-Work during the week-long Go Bike Montréal Festival, with several activities to enjoy:

Monday, May 30 
Mouvement vélosympathique Certification Program
Presentation of Bicycle-Friendly Awards recognizing the achievements of community groups and organizations that promote biking.

Tuesday, May 31
Cycling in Quebec in 2015
Launch of the latest edition of Bicycling in Quebec, a study of various cycling-related factors and trends published every five years.

Wednesday, June 1
Bike-to-Work Day
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. McGill College Avenue (between Sainte-Catherine and De Maisonneuve)
Want to start biking to work? Have questions about safety rules, cycling routes or public transit compatibility? Come see us on Bike-to-Work Day in downtown Montreal. Get answers on site on how to make cycling your daily commuting solution and part of a healthy lifestyle.Don’t forget to bring your bicycle for a complimentary tuneup and engraving.

Vélo Lab:  Is there sufficient mobilization in support of cycling in Quebec?
5 p.m., Cinémathèque québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve Blvd E.)
The formula is simple – a facilitator and four cycling advocates will discuss the following themes: Is there a strong enough cycling movement in Quebec? Can there be a meeting of minds in the community? Do the actions and initiatives of several groups in a city make authorities move more quickly? Are resources spread too thin? What can be expected from the authorities? Have an opinion? Then come out and share it with other biking enthusiasts!

Thursday, June 2
Presentation: “Le virage vélo de Paris”
5:30 p.m., Grande Bibliothèque Auditorium (Corner of Berri and De Maisonneuve).
Christophe Najdovski, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of transport, mobility, roads and public space, will speak about the latest cycling-related developments in Paris and the objectives outlined in the Cycling Plan, which will fundamentally transform the French capital. Free admission. Event in French.

GO for it at the Tour la Nuit on June 3
Take part in the grand celestial spectacle of the Tour la Nuit! As dusk fades into darkness, join thousands of creatively attired cyclists on brightly lit bikes in a colourful procession celebrating the magic of nocturnal Montreal. An annual event not to be missed, especially since the car-free streets and easy route make for a perfect evening outing.
  • Start: Parc Avenue, 8:15 p.m.
  • 23-km route
  • Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

GO for it at the Tour de l'Île de Montréal on June 5
Each edition of the Tour de l’Île allows you to reinvent the streets and neighbourhoods of Montreal. On your bike, you take over the space, set a new pace and make the city your playground. This year, the classic 50-km route stretches to the South Shore, taking you across the iconic Jacques Cartier Bridge for a tour through Longueuil. Imagine the breathtaking view from up high! As for the 65-100 km route, it will take you to the eastern tip of the Island and the Le Gardeur Bridge along the North Shore to L’Assomption.

50, 25 or 30 km
  • Start: Parc Avenue, 9 a.m.
  • Rest areas: 16-, 28- and 40-km marks(5- and 17-km marks on the 25-km route)
  • Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park
50 km Express
  • Start: Parc Avenue, 9 a.m.
  • Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park
65-100 km Découverte
  • Start: Parc Avenue, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch Area: 66- or 28-km mark
  • Rest Area: Access to Rest Area 3-Desjardins (55 or 90 km)
  • Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

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 Desjardins Group, TELUS, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and the Ville de Longueuil. Invaluable support is also provided by public partners the Ville de Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Tourisme Québec and Tourisme 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.

For the Go Bike Montréal Festival press kit, go to

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

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