Montreal will add 5 new pedestrian streets this year

Montreal will create new pedestrian-only areas in five boroughs for the warm months of 2016, following the success of a similar program last year.

In all, 713 metres of streets outside downtown Montreal will be off-limits to cars

Sod covers part of Montreal's Ste-Catherine street during Car Free Day in 2009. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Montreal will make sections of five streets off-limits to cars during the warm months of 2016, following the success of a similar program last year, the city announced.

This year's pedestrian walkways will be:

  • Côte-des-Neiges Road with Frère-André Street (CDN—NDG)
  • Place Shamrock (Rosemont—La Petite Patrie)
  • Louis-Veuillot, Lacordaire and Monsabré streets (Mercier—Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)
  • Biencourt Street and Monk Boulevard (Southwest)
  • Dijon Street (Montreal North)
Shamrock Avenue in Little Italy is one of five streets that will become a pedestrian walkway this summer. (Google Maps)
The streets were chosen by the city from recommendations made by boroughs.

Last year, the city designated sections of four streets as pedestrian-only and reported high satisfaction from residents based on surveys.

On Monday, the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve said that closing Ontario Street near Place Simon-Valois more than doubled the number of people visiting the area and was a boon to businesses.

Map: Montreal's pedestrian streets, present and future 

The sections in red are new for 2016.

Some streets are pedestrian-only year-round, while others are seasonal.


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