Pedestrians flood Montreal streets for summer season

Montreal's Ville-Marie borough handed out the map today, to show motorists which streets will be pedestrian-only for the summer season.

Cars banned on several downtown arteries

Montreal is gearing up for the busy tourist season, when many of its streets convert to pedestrian-only. (CBC)

For the summer season, Montreal's downtown is opening more streets to pedestrians.

The Ville-Marie borough handed out the map today, to show motorists which streets will be closed to traffic for the coming months.

Signs providing drivers with alternative routes will be posted at entrances to the street malls, and a special corridor for emergency vehicles will be maintained. Intersections will stay open to traffic.

As well, garbage pickup and recycling will go ahead as usual.

Starting today, cars are banned from a section of Ottawa Street and St-Paul Street East, in Old Montreal. Ottawa Street will re-open on Oct. 24. while St. Paul Street East will open nearly a month earlier on Sept. 30.

On Thursday, Du Musée Avenue in downtown Montreal will  be added to the list of pedestrian-only zones, with the closure in effect until Oct. 28.

On May 13, two separate sections of Ste-Catherine Street will be closed: between St-Hubert Street and Papineau Avenue in Montreal's Gay Village, and between de Bleury Avenue and St-Laurent Boulevard in the Quartier des Spectacles. Both of those sections will reopen to motorized vehicles on Sept. 5.

Victoria Avenue will close to traffic from May 16 to Oct. 7.

Place d’Youville and Place Royale West in Old Montreal are also affected by street closures between May 27 and Sept. 30.