Since early June, Ville de Montréal has been introducing Safe Active Transportation Circuits (SATC) to allow pedestrians and cyclists to move around while complying with the new hygiene measures and physical distancing rules implemented in response to the pandemic.
This initiative provides more outdoor space for everyone who likes to go out for a walk or a bike ride and support local businesses.
This summer arrived at the same time as gradual deconfinement. Naturally, this is driving Montrealers to venture out of our homes more often and use less public transportation.
As a result, new pedestrian and bicycle lanes have just been added to the streets of Montreal, ensuring that we ease out of lockdown while still taking into account the hygiene practices recommended by the government.
Going out for some fresh air is definitely good for you, as long as you're able to respect hygiene measures to protect your health and that of others.
The City has therefore set up temporary SATCs to simplify the process of getting around Montreal. These designated circuits will help pedestrians and cyclists travel between Mount Royal, Maisonneuve, Jarry, and Frédéric-Back parks while respecting physical distancing guidelines.
These lanes will also facilitate access to major commercial areas such as Rachel Street and Mount-Royal Avenue. It represents a great move towards a more responsible economic recovery. Plus, we'll see different additions to the SATC experience throughout the summer, including cultural activities adapted to our new normal.
The goal of the project is to ensure the well-being of Montrealers during the pandemic, allowing us to resume our usual activities while practicing proper hygiene measures.
At this point, we all know the hygiene guidelines to follow when going for a walk, but a quick reminder never hurts:
When going for a walk, it's important to maintain physical distancing by paying attention to those around us. Avoid stopping abruptly so the people behind don't bump into you.
When stopping at a red light, keep a 2-metre distance between you and other pedestrians and cyclists.
Wearing a mask is highly recommended in busy areas.