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Tour la Nuit: Montrealers kick off cycling fest with evening ride

Tour la Nuit: Montrealers kick off cycling fest with evening ride

It’s a busy time for Montreal’s cycling enthusiasts, thousands of whom kicked off the annual "Go vélo" (Go Biking) festival with a 22 km ride…

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It’s a busy time for Montreal’s cycling enthusiasts, thousands of whom kicked off the annual "Go vélo" (Go Biking) festival with a 22 km ride through the city on Friday night.

It’s the first Tour la Nuit since the COVID-19 pandemic halted operations two years ago.

The event, which falls on World Bicycle Day, began at 8 p.m., with two entry points at Parc Lafontaine and Parc Maisonneuve. RELATED STORIES

Motorists faced multiple road closures across the Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Ville-Marie boroughs.

Event organizers recommend drivers use the navigation app Waze to plan their routes ahead of time. Thousands of Montreal cyclists gathered in the Plateau Friday night to participate in first ‘Tour la Nuit’ bike circuit since the COVID-19 pandemic began. (Daniel Rowe) On Sunday, cyclists will also gear up for the Tour de L’Ile at 9:30 a.m., a 36 km-circuit spanning many neighbourhoods, including N.D.G., Outremont, the Plateau, the Southwest, downtown and Verdun.

Organizers say 15,000 cyclists are expected to turn up to the event. BIXI CELEBRATES 50 MILLION RIDES

Bixi Montreal also participated in the festivities Friday, inviting local muralists to create custom bike art in celebration of 50 million rides taken since 2009. Montreal artist La Charbonne was among those invited to use Bixi bikes as a canvas, in celebration of 50 million rides bike rides within the service. (Christine Long) Artists, accustomed to painting large murals, were challenged to work on a much smaller scale, bringing the surfaces of Bixi bikes to life.Although 50 of […]

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