May 29, 2015 – (Montreal, QC) – Le Monde à Bicyclette (MaB), arguably the best-known bike-advocacy group in Canada, celebrated its 40th birthday Tuesday at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. The event was entitled “Cycle Chic,” featuring speakers, photos, beer (thanks to Dieu du Ciel brewers), and many memories. Among those speaking were Gabrielle Anctil, Suzanne Lareau of Vélo Québec, Jacques Desjardins, and Robert “Bicycle Bob” Silverman, who co-founded the MaB 40 years ago along with the late Claire Morrissette (1950—2007).
The speakers were all making the point that we need to keep alive the memories of the early bicycle advocacy movement in Montreal, but it was clearly a case of preaching to the converted. Some 200 people stood either inside or outside tie the Montreal history Centre at Place d’ Youville and almost all of them seemed to arrive by bike. Among these were: Luc Ferrandez (leader of the opposition in Montreal City Hall), Jean-François Pronovost (Velo Quebec), Glenn Rubenstein (Cyclo Nord Sud), Lucie Poulin (Cyclo Nord Sud), Zvi Leve (Montreal Bike Coaltion), Josh Freed (Montreal Gazette columnist), Peter McQueen (city councillor and former member of MaB), Marc-André Gadoury (city councillor), and Alex Norris (city councillor).
– a talk Thursday evening (May 28) by internationally acclaimed lecturer Gil Penalosa 5 p.m. at the Moyse Hall Theater in McGill’s Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke St. W. Tickets are free, but reserve at velo.qc.ca.
– the May 29 Tour de Nuit nighttime mass 21km ride
– A benediction of bicycles at 2PM on May 30 at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (309 rue Rachel E)
– the Tour de l’Île mass ride on May 31 where up to 30,000 cyclists are expected to ride distances from 28—100km. Many Montreal streets will be closed to automobile traffic for the event