2015 SOUTH SHORE RIDE OF SILENCE
Keep your distance on the road!
Longueuil, May 6, 2015 – The 12th edition of the South Shore Ride of Silence will take place on May 20, under the honorary presidency of Yvan Martineau, host and reporter at TVA/TVA Sports, Salut Bonjour and 98.5 FM, and in collaboration with the Réseau de transport de Longueuil. Under the theme Sur la route, merci de garder vos distances (Keep your distance on the road), the 2015 Ride of Silence aims to educate drivers about the importance of moving over when passing a cyclist.
“The goal of this event is also to honour the many cyclists who have died on Québec’s roads, while educating drivers and cyclists about the importance of responsible behaviour and mutual respect. The South Shore Ride of Silence is fortunate to have the support of several partners, including the Réseau de transport de Longueuil,” stated Léon Thériault, president of the South Shore Ride of Silence (TDSRS).
An avid cyclist who is passionate about bike safety, Yvan Martineau is proud to be associated with this major event. “Cycling is an amazing sport, pastime, and method of transportation. It’s pure happiness! Although no less tragic each time, fatal accidents are unfortunately a fact of life. When asked, I didn’t hesitate to throw my support behind the 2015 Ride of Silence in the Montérégie—the largest event in the province to raise awareness about cycling and road safety,” stated this year’s honorary president.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) will promote awareness, caution, and courtesy on Québec’s roads. As a new initiative this year, the RTL is happy to feature advertising panels for the event on its buses.
“Road safety is everyone’s business. We take this matter very seriously and we believe that everyone on the road—pedestrians, cyclists, bikers, motorists, and especially drivers of heavy vehicles, such as buses—should behave safely and responsibly. Once again this year, the RTL is proud to be one of the main partners in the South Shore Ride of Silence,” declared Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
The cities of Boucherville and Varennes, hosts of this year’s Ride of Silence, as well as the partners, wish to join the event organizers in reminding the public of just how vulnerable cyclists are on the roads and of the many tragic deaths that occur each year.
The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) is also thrilled to support the Ride of Silence once again this year, educating motorists and cyclists about the importance of safe driving. “This activity is the perfect opportunity to join together to improve road safety. Cyclists and motorists share the road and need to stay alert to keep our roads safe and pleasant,” stressed Nathalie Tremblay, President and CEO of the SAAQ.
Close to 2,000 people are expected to take part in the ride, which will be held on May 20, at 6:30 p.m., starting from the Centre multifonctionnel Francine-Gadbois at 1075 rue Lionel-Daunais, in Boucherville.
Photo credit: Jean Laramée, photographer
In the photo, from left to right: Paul U. Dulude, General Manager of Caisse Desjardins de Boucherville; Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville; René E. Ouellet, General Manager of Caisse Desjardins de Varennes; Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes; Serge Landry, Regional General Manager, Montérégie Est, T.C. Média; Sylvie Turbide, Road Safety Coordinator, SAAQ; Jean-François Bélanger, training director, Tecnic Rive Sud driving schools; Colette Ethier, Chairman of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil; Léon Thériault, president of the South Shore Ride of Silence organizing committee; Yvan Martineau, TVA/TVA Sports, honorary president of the South Shore Ride of Silence.
Source and information:
Anne-Louise Milot, Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450-442-8600, ext. 8145