Cycling festival a fun family event
Join cyclists from all around Montreal for this week’s hotly-anticipated Go Bike Montreal Festival. After the 2021 edition was postponed to late summer due to the pandemic, this year it will roll out at the end of May and early June.
Taking place from May 29 to June 5, 2022, the festival encompasses three major events – the Metropolitan Challenge, Tour la Nuit and Tour de l’Île de Montréal. While all are opportunities to enjoy the city and cycling, families will want to opt for the ease and kid-friendliness of the Tour de l’Île.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday June 5, participants will tour the streets of seven Montreal boroughs. Covering 36 kilometres, the course is suitable for those wanting to take it easy with a scenic ride as well as riders who wish to challenge themselves.
Choose start date and time
To ensure the fluidity of cycling traffic, participants must choose a starting point and time slot when registering and can pick from three access points: La Fontaine Park, MacDonald Park and Angrignon Park. As well as being the start/finish points, the three parks will offer picnic sites, washrooms, water, handwashing stations, info booths and first aid.
The tour route includes Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Outremont, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame -de-Grâce, Sud-Ouest, Verdun and Ville-Marie as well as the towns of Mont-Royal and Westmount.
So that cyclists can complete their loop at the same place from which they started, and to ensure the safety of even the youngest riders, the route of the Tour de l’Île will be closed to automobile traffic until the end of the event at 2:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Émile Bilodeau will once again be the spokesperson.
The community event suits riders of all abilities, and the festival atmosphere will be highlighted by chocolate milk stations and surprise activities presented by Desjardins. If you don’t want to ride the whole route, you can also bail out early and hit a park before heading home. This is precisely what my family has done on three occasions.
Registration is mandatory. Once you register, you will receive a bib allowing you to participate in the ride and benefit from the activities and services. Registration is free for those 12 and under, $10 for those 13-17 years old, and $30 for adults before May 30, or $40 between May 31 and June 5.
What to bring
Helmets are a must, even if your child is riding in a trailer. Also pack sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, rain gear, and a change of clothing just in case.
Organized by Vélo Québec — the organization founded in 1967 to promote and develop cycling — the event is presented by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec in collaboration with Desjardins.
Register at velo.qc.ca/fgvm