BICYCLE INDUSTRY RECOGNIZES MONTREAL FOR OUTSTANDING IMPROVEMENTS TO CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE AT ANNUAL GATHERING
MONTREAL - September 10, 2013 - The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) at its annual ExpoCycle trade show recognized the City of Montreal for their continued investment and outstanding innovations to improve the safety and quality of cycling infrastructure. Claude Carette, Director of Transportation for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, and Environment appeared to accept the award on behalf of the City.
"It is essential that cities and municipalities take a leading role in improving safety and accessibility for growing numbers of riders taking to the streets each year," said Bill Yetman, Executive Director of BTAC. "Montreal has been a beacon for innovation and has led the way for cities around the world to expand their cycling infrastructure effectively and intelligently. We're extremely happy to be here in Montreal this year to present this award."
The BTAC Primes (awards) are named after a a traditional class of cycling prize given for accomplishment within a stage or lap of a race, and are divided into four distinct categories: Independent Bicycle Retailer of the Year, Outstanding work by a Local Cycling Association, Achievement by a Municipality or Regional Government, and Contribution by a Political Leader.
The award for Achievement by a Municipality or Regional Government recognizes important achievements by a local government in making their communities more bicycle-friendly and for promoting and encouraging cycling.
Jean Cloutier, Treasurer and past President of BTAC, and the VP of Operations and Finance for Outdoor Gear Canada presented the awards, joined by Quebec pro cyclist David Veilleux, who this year was the first ever Quebecer to ride in the Tour de France.
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