Montreal

Vehicles banned from Jean-Talon market on weekends

Montreal's Jean-Talon market will ban vehicles on summer weekends. Starting July 15, it will be pedestrians only, and they won't have to watch out for traffic in the popular downtown market.

Montreal's Jean-Talon market will ban vehicles on summer weekends. Starting July 15, it will be pedestrians only, and they won't have to watch out for traffic in the popular downtown market.

The Rosemont-Petite Patrie borough council adopted a bylaw Tuesday night that will forbid vehicles from entering the market between 11 a.m. and5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

While shoppers like the idea, some vendors have complained that the new bylaw could hurt their business. They say delivery trucks won't be able to get through to pick up wholesale orders.

"I've got customers that buy wholesale; they take say four, five boxes. I've got bakeries that I supply, and they come on the weekend to fill their order.

"But they're not going to be carrying four, five boxes to the car each time. They're heavy, eh? And the customers are going to stop coming," said Les Klein who has been selling eggs at the market for 30 years.

Klein said his most important customers buy in bulk, and he risks losing them under the new rules.

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