Participate in Snow Moon by Bike
On Saturday, February 11, inspired by the full moon over downtown Montréal, show your northern spirit and love of biking by taking part in Snow Moon by Bike, a luminous, festive parade complete with allegorical bicycles. You will bike the first 3.75 km of the route under police escort, giving you a chance to marvel at the video projections on buildings and public places lighting up the night sky.
A magical nocturnal Montréal experience!
Afterwards, if you wish to extend your winter biking pleasure, you will be able to continue along a 10 or 15 km marked route open to motorists towards the Olympic Stadium. Whatever your choice, at the end of your ride, you are invited to celebrate this magical night at the Old Port and enjoy the entertainment presented on the site of Igloofest.
The event is part of Les Hivernales celebrations for Montréal’s 375th anniversary and will cap off the 2017 Winter Cycling Congress, being held in our city for the very first time.
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Evening ScheduleStart time and bib
On Saturday, February 11, you are expected at 6:30 p.m. at Place des Festivals, on the corner of Jeanne Mance and St. Catherine Streets, where you will receive your bib in order to participate in the event. The bike parade will begin at 7 p.m. under police escort and end at the Igloofest site in the Old Port.
15-km route (or 10-km shortcut)
Once you reach the Old Port, you will be able to continue biking along the 15-km looped route on streets open to traffic. This route will partially follow the Montreal bike path. If the 15-km route seems too long, you can take a 10-km shortcut (dotted line on diagram).
If you plan to take the metro to the start site, get off at the Place-des-Arts station. If you plan to come by bike, take the Maisonneuve Blvd bike path and then head south along Bleury Street and east along St. Catherine Street to Jeanne Mance Street.
Ready for the party?
Think about pimping your bike. For a touch of inspiration, watch the video and read 5 ways to illuminate your bike.
TipsIf this is your first experience, consult our tips on four-season biking and the appropriate equipment for winter conditions.
If you are not a winter cyclist and are preparing to put your bike away for the season, store it within reach so that you can easily access it in February. Also, take advantage of the holidays to equip your bike with special lighting so that you’ll shine on this moonlit night!
Check the condition of your bike now. Don’t wait until the last minute to make those small adjustments that will ensure the success of your Snow Moon by Bike experience. If further maintenance is required, visit your favorite bike store.
Vélo sous zéro becomes Snow Moon by Bike in 2017Vélo sous zéro (VSZ) is a festive winter biking event promoting the joys of four-season biking. Held in February for the past three years as part of the Go Bike Montréal Festival, in 2017, VSZ makes way for Snow Moon by Bike – a special edition marking the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 50th anniversary of Vélo Québec.
Between now and February 11, get an idea of how much fun winter biking can be by revisiting the video and the 2015 and 2016 photo albums of Vélo sous zero.
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