Bikes take over Montreal streets

WATCH ABOVE: Montreal’s Tour la Nuit, was a resounding success with  15, 000 cyclists riding through Montreal’s streets Friday night. The event is a preamble to Sunday’s Tour de l’Ile which may cause some drivers a bit of a headache, unless they plan ahead.

MONTREAL – At least 15, 000 people took part in Friday night’s 17th edition of the Tour la Nuit.

Cyclists young and old — some with colourful costumes — wound their way through Montreal’s streets at twilight.

Participants pedaled their way along a 21 km car-free course, starting on Parc Avenue, then heading east to the Olympic Stadium and looping back to Jeanne-Mance Park, where a circus like atmosphere greeted the throngs of cyclists.

According to Montreal police spokesperson Andre LeClerc, two people were slightly injured on the tour.

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The nocturnal ride is a preamble for this Sunday’s Tour de L’Ile.

The goal for the 31st annual edition of the Tour de L’Ile is to discover the western part of the island and will have cyclists travelling through 22 boroughs and cities, starting at 7 a.m.

Many roads will be closed to traffic and drivers are being asked to plan accordingly.

For a complete list of road closures, you can consult the Vélo-Québec  website or call 514-521-8356 or 1-800-567-8356, ext. 509.

Road closures for 31st edition of Montreal’s Tour de L’Ile. Courtesy Velo-Quebec

-With files from La Presse Canadienne



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