The City of Montreal gave more details regarding the pedestrianization of streets and the deployment of terraces, which are part of the summer plan for the redevelopment of public space in the Ville-Marie borough. These improvements will complement the measures taken for the Safe Active Transportation Circuits. Here are the developments concerning the historic district.
When: From June 11 to October 31
Area: De la Commune will be closed to car traffic between Bonsecours and Saint-Gabriel streets.
Details: Urban furniture will be installed during the summer. A pilot project for a shared pedestrian and cyclist lane will be implemented to make up for the lack of continuity in the Vieux-Port cycle path in this sector. Deliveries can be made between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
See the press release (in French only) from the City of Montreal for more details.
When: From May 21 to November 21
Area: St-Paul Est will be closed to car traffic between Marché Bonsecours and Saint-Laurent streets.
Details: This arrangement will provide enough space for people to strictly adhere to the rules of distancing.
More details on the pedestrianization on rue St-Paul.
When: Sidewalk cafés will be allowed to reopen to the public when public health authorities allow it.
Fees: The City of Montreal will suspend public domain occupation fees, as well as fees for issuing sidewalk café permits for the 2020 summer season. The press release states: "Only fees for file assessments will be invoiced (at the reduced rate of $50) for both new license applications as well as for renewals. There will also be no fee charged for terrace/placottoir installation.”
Size: "The Borough will allow development of up to 50% larger sidewalk cafés in pedestrian streets, under certain conditions. A sidewalk café having no platform and sitting directly on the street may also be authorized."
More details on the sidewalk café. (in French only)
The Safe Active Transportation Circuits are part of the city’s new mobility plan, which aims to connect large parks, promote pedestrian and cyclist mobility, and facilitate access to the city’s commercial streets. This also includes “shared streets” in the historic sector, notably De la Commune and St-Paul. These temporary measures will be implemented in stages from the beginning of June and will be in effect until mid-fall, starting with the main arteries such as Saint-Laurent Boulevard.