2 Montreal Plateau Streets Are Going Pedestrian-Friendly Early This Year

They're paving the way toward summer! ☀️

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
​Someone walks down Mont Royal in the summer.

Someone walks down Mont Royal in the summer.

Part of the Plateau will become a pedestrian paradise ahead of schedule this summer, as several streets close to cars and open up to foot traffic and cyclists.

Mont-Royal will go car-free as of May 20, while Duluth will follow on June 19. The move is part of a wider push to make the borough more accessible to residents.

"A pedestrian street is a safer, more lively street where businesses are more dynamic," wrote Mayor Valérie Plante, sharing the update via social media.

Other Plateau roads are in for a major transformation this spring, including a section of rue Gilford that will become one-way, and a block of rue Lanaudière and avenue Duluth that will permanently close to vehicles. The portion of rue Rivard next to the Mont-Royal metro station will also close to cars, making the surrounding square fully pedestrianized.

Montrealers have had mixed reactions so far with many delighted about the push for more foot-friendly routes and others concerned about what they perceive as the neighbourhood's growing inaccessibility to cars.

"[Closed streets] are also easier on road construction," snarked one commenter.

Whatever your stance, the pedestrianization of Montreal streets is an undeniable reminder that summer is well on its way.

Sofia Misenheimer
MTL Blog, Associate Editor
Sofia Misenheimer is an award-winning writer, editor and former radio journalist with a passion for finding hidden gems in the city.
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