Another day, another drama for Valerie Plante and Project MTL.
There is a ton of backlash, and editorial writers coming out against the city's plans to block cars from driving over Mount Royal.
It seems that Plante's administration has no intent to back down on this, and some members have said they are surprised by the backlash!
Really? Surprised? A scenic cruise through Montreal's Mount Royal is always a lovely experience - even when you're a bit stuck on the road. Montreal is pretty damn salty about this.
In fact, more than 13,000 pressed locals have signed a petition opposing the move.
“It equates to social engineering, telling people how they’re going to live. And it’s not going to really reduce the number of cars on the mountain, it’s going to increase the number of cars around the mountain – Cote des Neiges Rd., Pine Ave. Park Ave., what have you,” said Jennifer Crane, who opposed the ban.
Defending the move, Valérie Plant said Camilien-Houde Way was meant to be a drive through nature, and that era is long gone - thousands of cars use the route every day and it's become dangerous.
Plante did note, again, that the plan to ban through traffic is only a pilot project and adjustments will be made as necessary.
“A lot of people on both sides are very, very unhappy with this because we like to use the road. It’s a nice roadway. You can drive very gently over the road. Nobody’s going 70 kilometers an hour -- except for the cyclists ,” - Jennifer Crane.
Borough officials opposed to this move plan to make as much noise as possible to fight this becoming a reality for Montreal locals.
Get involved and sign the petition here! They have nearly 14,000 signatures at the time of this post.