QUEBEC CITY, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - After the success of its bicycle
patrol project during Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations last year,
CAA-Quebec has decided to repeat and broaden the initiative. Bicycle
patrollers will be out on the streets this summer not only in La Vieille
Capitale, but also in Montreal.
Eco-friendly and effective
"Our objective with the bike patrol is to have an extra means of
assisting members in the heavy-traffic areas around summer festival sites that
will ensure rapid, flexible response, and be environmentally friendly as
well," explains Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Senior Director, Public and
Government Relations. "Since more than 60% of our Emergency Road Service
assistance can be provided without a tow truck, our two-wheeled patrollers are
a major asset."
The bicycle patrol responded to nearly 140 calls last year in Quebec
City. Patrollers ride an electric power-assisted bicycle, pulling a small
trailer carrying tools, and are equipped to repair flat tires, deliver fuel,
provide battery boosts and unlock vehicles.
The bike patrol will be providing assistance on the site of the Festival
International de Jazz de Montréal between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. from July 2 to 5,
and again from July 9 to 12. Montrealers may spot the bike sooner than that,
however, as a patroller will be on duty for the Un Tour la nuit bicycle rally
this evening, accompanied by a team of CAA-Quebec employees, as well as for
the Tour de l'Ile on Sunday. "In joining Montrealers during these two cycling
events, the CAA-Quebec bicycle patrol will be part of the effervescence of
this city, which was the birthplace of CAA-Quebec in 1904. It's also a great
way for us to kick off the summer season," Ms. Gagnon notes enthusiastically.
In Quebec City, patrollers will be active in the area around the National
Assembly and Battlefields Park during the city's Summer Festival. Patrol hours
are from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., July 16 to 19.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its
one million members.
For further information:
For further information: Montréal: Brigitte Roussy, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3381, firstname.lastname@example.org; Québec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.