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Vélo Québec invites the media to the Winter Cycling Congress in Montreal, February 8 to 10!


Montreal, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – Following in the footsteps of Oulu, Winnipeg, Leeuwarden and Minneapolis–Saint-Paul, Montreal will be hosting the 5th Winter Cycling Congress on February 8, 9 and 10, 2017. Organized by Vélo Québec, in partnership with the City of Montreal, the international event will welcome 300 representatives of organizations and communities from across Quebec, Canada, the U.S. and Europe who are committed to promoting cycling, especially during the winter months.

When: February 8 to 10
Where: Hyatt Regency Montreal (1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montreal H5B 1E5)
The event will take place in the OPERA and SYMPHONIE rooms of the Hyatt Regency Montreal.
All rooms are located on the 4th floor of the adjacent Complexe Desjardins.


Participants from various realms – urban design, civil engineering, municipal administration, community advocacy, tourism, recreation, the media and more – will come together to explore the various facets of winter cycling and its impacts from a social, economic and tourism standpoint. Featured speakers include Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen – a city at the vanguard of cycling and urban innovation, who will explain how the challenge of year-round bicycle use is addressed in the Danish capital. Alberta-based writer and journalist Tom Babin will talk about the democratization of winter cycling. And Alain Bourque, Executive Director of Ouranos, will describe the effects of climate change on Quebec’s urban life, travel habits and recreational pursuits.

The Winter Cycling Congress program comprises more than a hundred presentations, workshops and on-site visits. A special spotlight will be put on the very popular activity of fat biking on February 9, the same day the Winter Cycling Federation announces the Winter Bike to Work Day awards. On February 10, a panel of elected officials from Quebec City, Montreal, Gatineau, Ottawa and Winnipeg will gather to discuss several highly relevant questions: How can we address the issue of quality of life in cities with northern climates? How do we move beyond a “culture of hibernation”? How can we close the gap between special occasions and daily routine? How can we make winter more livable for pedestrians and cyclists in our cities?

Winter Cycling Congress “happy hour” receptions (open to the public)
  • The public is invited to an exhibition on winter cycling on Wednesday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Centre for Sustainable Development (in collaboration with ENvironnement JEUnesse).
  • On Thursday, February 9 at 5 p.m., a PechaKucha presentation will be held on winter cycling at Espace La Fontaine, with the support of the borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.   

Immediately following the Winter Cycling Congress will be the Snow Moon by Bike event, on Saturday, February 11, as part of Montreal’s official 375th anniversary celebrations.

The Winter Cycling Congress is an initiative of the Winter Cycling Federation. This edition of the international event is being organized by Vélo Québec, in association with:
  • Private partners: Eco-Compteur, WSP, Bewegen, ALTA, Bixi, ENvironnement JEUnesse, Louis Garneau Sports, Pignons sur roues, Priority Bicycles and Arkel.
  • Public and Institutional partners: Ville de Montréal, Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports, Tourisme Québec, Ville de Bromont, Arrondissement Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Tourisme Montréal and Agence métropolitaine de transport. 

About Vélo Québec
Established in 1967, Vélo Québec is dedicated to promoting the bicycle as an accessible means of transportation, recreation and tourism as well as a key to better quality of life. Well known and respected throughout the international cycling community for its expertise, Vélo Québec is proud to be marking the 50th anniversary of its advocacy efforts this year.

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


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