Go bike Montreal Festival kicks off today

Kick-off today of the Festival Go vélo Montréal

This Sunday is the launch of the Festival Go vélo Montréal, the first major cycling event of the season organized by Vélo Québec.

This year, Pointe-Calumet was chosen to welcome the participants of the 20th edition of the Metropolitan Challenge. “Nearly 3,000 cyclists have registered for this challenge. We are very happy with this great participation, ”says the president and CEO of Vélo Québec, Jean-François Rheault, reached by telephone.

This first event of the Go Bike Montreal Festival offers cyclists several untimed routes from 47 to 144 km, with different departures between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

“Participants will appreciate the different marked routes that allow you to ride in complete safety. safety, at your own pace, enjoying the scenery, adds Mr. Rheault. It is also an opportunity to discover a new portion of the greater metropolitan area, departing from Pointe-Calumet.”

This event, whose spokesperson is singer-songwriter Émile Bilodeau, offers a week of activities including two popular circuits: the Tour la Nuit (June 3) and the Tour de l'Île de Montréal (June 5). ).

But also Bike-to-Work Day (May 31) in Montreal and Longueuil and the conference by Stein van Oosteren, spokesperson for the Collectif Vélo Île-de-France, author of the essay Why not bike? (June 2), in Montreal or online.

We are proud to offer the public this great range of activities to celebrate cycling in all its forms.

Jean-François Rheault, President and CEO of Vélo Québec.

All five years since 1995, Vélo Québec has published a detailed portrait of Québec cyclists. The province's cycling network has been multiplied by 5 since 1995, reaching 10 600 kilometres of developed lanes.

In 2020, studies were carried out for 9 cities. Regarding Montreal, nearly 1.1 million cyclists have taken advantage of the 1001 km of bike paths on the island.

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