Mayor Plante; Please end the inconvenient/expensive Tour de l'Ile de Montreal
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Le Tour de l'Ile de Montreal is a major inconvenience to the public.
The cost to Montreal taxpayers is $1 million/yr (access to information 2014 ). Le Tour harms retailers/restaurants.
Le Tour causes pollution (bumper to bumper traffic).
There is NO real benefit to tourism (Deputy Minister-Tourism Quebec).
Le Tour has no optional fundraising component. A slightly larger NYC event has an optional fundraising component and those that choose to raise funds, raise $1 million/yr!
There is NO benefit whatsoever for Montrealers BUT the event brings over $1 million/yr to the organizers!!!
Laval, Dorval, Kirkland, Dollard des Ormeaux and Cote St Luc have all banned Le Tour de l'Ile.
The event used to have 42,000 participants. It now has around 25,000, yet the inconvenience and $1 million/yr expense for Montrealers continues.
There is NO quid pro quo. Velo Quebec helps nobody but Velo Quebec.
Why are Montreal taxpayers paying $1 million/yr so that off-island cyclists can inconvenience us?
It is time to end the expense, the inconvenience, the harm, the pollution and the lack of caring on the part of Velo Quebec.
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