The annual Tour de l'Île de Montréal has been a thorn in my side for decades. I am not a cyclist and I resent the fact that this event paralyzes the city one Sunday each year, as well as eating up the equivalent of $500,000 in Agglomeration funds while not raising a penny for charity.
Activist Murray Levine first connected with me on this issue over 30 years ago and I wrote about it in my newspaper column at the time.
Organizers from Velo Québec continue to march to the beat of their own drum and with each City of Montreal administration not taking a stand on the issue they face little incentive to change. Now we have a Montreal Mayor in Valerie Plante who cycles to work.
If the Tour would encourage its riders to raise funds for their favorite charity, I might find this inconvenience a bit more bearable.
It was with this in mind that I moved the following resolution at our December 10 Council meeting, which passed with a majority: