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These streets in Montreal will be car-free this weekend for the Tour la Nuit and the Tour de l'Île

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Montreal's biggest bike festival is back, and it could throw a wrench into your weekend plans if you're driving. Tour la Nuit will close major roads and turn parts of the city into a cyclists' playground from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31. This will be followed by Tour de l'Île on Sunday, June 2, with road closures and detours continuing into the weekend.

Jeanne-Mance Park is the start and finish point for both events. Tour la Nuit will see cyclists wind through Plateau Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie and Sud-Ouest, which will result in road closures at the following locations:

  • Streets near Jeanne-Mance Park
  • Rue Saint-Urbain
  • Avenue du Parc
  • Boulevard Saint-Laurent
  • Avenue Mont-Royal
  • Rue Berri
  • Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
  • Boul. René-Levesque East/East

The Tour de l'Île will be held on two routes: a 25 to 50 km regular route and a 75 to 100 km discovery route. The event will also involve extensive road closures as thousands of cyclists take to the streets, causing disruption across the city.

For drivers, this means avoiding these areas and finding alternative routes. Due to the diversion of vehicles, traffic congestion is to be expected on the adjacent roads.

Public transport is not immune either. The STM is relocating several bus lines, including:

  • 11 Mont Royal Park / Ridgewood
  • 14 attackers
  • 15 Saint Catherine
  • 24 Sherbrooke
  • 29 Rachel
  • 30 Saint-Denis / Saint-Hubert
  • 51 Édouard Monpetit
  • 55 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
  • 97 Avenue du Mont Royal

Increased congestion is expected on the green and orange subway lines, especially at stations such as Saint-Laurent, Berri-UQAM, Square-Victoria-OACI and Mont-Royal.

Cyclists, on the other hand, can enjoy car-free streets with services such as bike mechanics, first aid facilities and support vehicles on standby. There will also be amenities such as toilets and refreshment stands in Jeanne-Mance Park.

To stay up to date with the changes, visit the STM website for the latest updates on bus diversions and metro schedules. For everyone else, consider this a warning… or a nudge to get on your bike.