At least 25,000 cyclists are taking to the streets of Montreal today for the 30th year of the Tour de l'Île​.

The length of the tour ranges anywhere from a 25 kilometre ride beginning at La Fontaine Park and ending at Jeanne-Mance Park, to a new 130 kilometre route that allows participants to bike around the entire Island of Montreal.

The event started at 7 a.m., with the help of more than 2,600 volunteers organized by Vélo Québec across 10 Montreal boroughs.

The Tour de l'Île​​ may be a cyclist’s dream, but it could be a nightmare for drivers, as many streets will be closed until 4 p.m.

Drivers can consult the Vélo Québec website for more information on closures.

Recent tension 

The tour and events director of Vélo Québec, Joëlle Sevigny, says the event comes at a time when tension has risen between motorist and cyclists in Montreal following several accidents.

In April, a 33-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a crane truck while cycling under the Des Carrières viaduct on St-Denis Street.

Sevigny says she hopes events like the Tour de l'Île​​ will encourage the city to build better infrastructure to improve relationships between cyclists, cars and pedestrians.

"It's in the mission of Vélo Québec to increase the use of bicycles as a way of pleasure... but also eventually as a means of transportation," said Sevigny.