The City of Montreal has just announced that four new walking-only streets will be introduced all around the city.
When you think walking street in Montreal, Sainte-Catherine is likely the first street to come to mind. But why does downtown get all the fun?
Well, thanks to Montreal's Manager of Planning and Mobility, Éric Alan Caldwell, four new Montreal boroughs are going to get the benefits of a beautiful walking-only street.
The four new walking streets are as follows:
● Jean-Brillant Street, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
● Island Street, South West
● The village of Sault-au-Récollet (Gouin Blvd), Ahuntsic-Cartierville
● Bellerive Street, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
These new pedestrian-only areas are sure to "create vibrant meeting places that capture the identity of neighbourhoods to enhance their vitality," just as Caldwell hopes and intends.
The Côte-des-Neiges project will connect Decelles and Côte-des-Neiges via Jean-Brillant, allowing students and other pedestrians to access the metro much quicker.
The plan is also to increase green space and "canopy growth" in these areas.
In Pointe-Saint-Charles, Island Street will link the Lachine Canal and Grand Trunk Street for both cyclists and pedestrians.
Boulevard Gouin in Sault-au-Récollet village will link Hamelin avenue and De Martigny to increase access to Parc Lomer-Gouin and Parc naturel du Île-de-la-Visitation.
Bellerive Street between Des Ormeaux and Baldwin will connect parc Pierre Tétreault and Promenade-Bellerive, again to the benefit of pedestrians and cyclists.
The project is set to begin development throughout 2020, so hopefully, by next summer we'll all be benefitting from these awesome new pedestrians spaces.
For more information on the project, head to the City of Montreal's page.