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Automobile traffic during the Montréal Bike Fest from May 31 to June 8

>> par Le Tour de l'Île de Montréal  Montréal, Tuesday, May 20, 2003 — The Montréal Bike Fest will be held from May 31 to June 8. Some Montréal streets will be closed to automobile traffic for several hours during the Tour de l’Île des Enfants (Sunday, June 1), Un Tour la Nuit (Friday, June 6) and the Tour de l’Île de Montréal (Sunday, June 8).

Committed to keeping the public well informed, the Bike Fest organizers want to let citizens know about the arrangements that have been made to minimize the impact on automobile traffic during these cycling events.

1. For the Tour de l’Île, on June 8, over 125 signs will be placed all along the 48-kilometre route to remind residents that their street will be temporarily closed during the event. For Un Tour la Nuit (20-km route), there will be 51 signs, and for the Tour de l’Île des Enfants (22-km route) 92 signs.

2. 170,000 flyers will be distributed to homes along or near the route. These flyers will let residents know which roads will be closed and suggest alternative routes for drivers.

3. Starting immediately, residents and visitors who want to find out how to avoid the event routes can call (514) 521-TOUR. This service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 and 8.

4. The cycling event routes and the alternative routes for drivers can be found on the website www.velo.qc.ca. The road closure times will also be posted to allow drivers to make alternate plans.

5. During the various events, almost 700 volunteers, cadets and police officers will be posted at the corners of the closed streets to help motorists find alternative routes. These traffic agents can provide motorists with a map of the event route indicating which streets they can take to avoid the cyclists.

To make getting around even easier, the organizers of the Montréal Bike Fest will also allow all cyclists and pedestrians to cross the streets closed to motorized traffic.

The Montréal Bike Fest is produced by the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment by staging cycling events and arranging bicycle trips. The Tour de l’Île de Montréal is a member of Le Groupe vélo, which also includes Vélo Québec and Les Éditions Tricycle.

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