New program in Vaudreuil-Dorion offers tourists bicycles to discover town
PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL
A $20 security deposit is requested for the signature red bicycles and they can be returned at one of three tourist destinations in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
La Maison Trestler, la Musée regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and la Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil have all teamed up with the local business Le Zèbre Rouge to offer two bicycles to tourists who would like an inexpensive and green way to discover the region. Tourists can ride their rented bikes for free for one day and bring it back to one of the three locations listed above before closing time.
“Vélo-culture is the combination of three cultural sites in Vaudreuil-Doiron in a project allowing tourists and citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges to rent bikes for free in order to discover the region, its attractions, and its beautiful scenery,” explained Pascale Jeaurond-Lajoie, communications agent for the Musée regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Le Zèbre Rouge is a non-profit organization that repairs bikes and brings them back to life. They employ people of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area who have intellectual or physical disabilities. They have become a large part of the community, and are the ones who have donated both bikes for the project.
For those who are hoping to rent a bike, a simple procedure of presenting a piece of identification and giving a security deposit of $20 will allow them to ride the bike for free for one day. If you are a family of four, don’t worry, organizers explained they can provide an additional two bicycles in that case. Although aimed at the idea that tourists would use the bicycles, citizens of the area are also welcome to try out the experience.
Maison Trestler is located at 85 Chemin de la Commune; Maison Félix-Leclerc is located at 186 Chemin de l'Anse, and la Musée regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is located at 431 Saint-Charles Avenue, all in Vaudreuil-Dorion.