Louis-Joseph Couturier left the Gaspé on Nov. 14. He would not plan on returning residence till he completes his purpose of biking all the best way to Vancouver.
The journey covers 5,250 kilometres. If he continues at his present tempo — 100 km/day — he ought to arrive by mid-February or early March.
“I get up often at 4 a.m. to start out biking when it is nonetheless darkish and site visitors is not too dangerous,” he informed Radio-Canada.
At evening, he pitches a tent wherever he can.
“If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I’d have tried to benefit from individuals’s hospitality alongside the route. However within the present disaster, I can not actually do this,” he mentioned.
Regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions and the oncoming winter, Couturier felt his journey could not wait.
Following the current dying of a buddy and fellow bicycle owner, who died in a street accident, Couturier determined to embark on a journey to boost consciousness about bicycle owner security in Canadian cities.
“I noticed my very own vulnerability and wished to make a distinction,” he mentioned. “Every dying of a bicycle owner on our roads is avoidable.”
Between eight and 11 cyclists are killed on Quebec roads yearly, in response to information from the SAAQ.
Couturier is hoping his consciousness marketing campaign will assist convey the general public’s consideration to this situation.
“We made the selection to design our cities round vehicles. We are able to rethink this fashion of taking a look at our roads,” he mentioned.
He additionally desires to boost $20,000 for the group Vélo Fantôme (Ghost Bike), which erects a white bicycle in areas the place cyclists are killed.