If you live in Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, I've got some good news for you! On May 2, it was announced that three streets in the area have now been turned into "family-friendly" streets, where only walking, playing, and biking are permitted. This measure is being put in place in order to allow residents of the Plateau to be able to enjoy being outside in the nice weather while continuing to practice social distancing.
In a press release sent to MTL Blog, the City states "in order to allow Montrealers to take advantage of the good weather while respecting the rules of social distancing, the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough is setting up the first series of family-friendly and active streets on its premises."
"These first sections are located near green spaces and busy living environments."
The three new pedestrian streets can be found on rue Mentana bordering Laurier Park, rue Chapleau Street next to Baldwin Park, and rue Chabot near the edge of Parc De Lorimier.
And, the City has promised that there will be more streets like such taking over the rest of Montreal shortly.
This calls for a good summer.
Only local traffic and deliveries will be permitted in these new spaces for the time being.
Si vous résidez dans @LePMR nous vous invitons à aller vous promener sur les nouvelles rues familiales et actives,… https://t.co/L0DRhqfsgt— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante)1588435981.0
Translation: "If you reside in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, we invite you to take a walk along the new family-friendly and active streets and enjoy the sun while respecting public health guidelines! And know that these new streets will be introduced elsewhere in the city very soon."
Mayor Valérie Plante made sure to remind Montrealers that nice weather doesn't signify the end of social distancing.
This is why new measures like the Plateau's pedestrian and biker only streets are being put in place.
Plante demonstrated on her Instagram story how one can spot these new "family-friendly and active" spaces around the borough:
Orange cones will be blocking off the specific streets, with signs that read "space dedicated to walking, biking, or playing, local access only."
So, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these three new streets and the other ones to come!