Pedestrian and Shared Streets Implementation Program:
A great success in 2017 and 3 new projects for 2018
Montreal, January 26, 2018 – Following the renewed success of the 2017 edition of the Pedestrian and Shared Streets Program, Éric Alan Caldwell, Transportation Manager on the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, announces that three new projects pedestrianization will be launched in 2018.
“This program is a real laboratory of innovation that can accelerate the development of quality meeting places. By relying on the skills of the boroughs, the program allows the realization of projects specific to their culture, which truly meet the needs of the citizens. The transformation of streets into pedestrian streets has beneficial effects. In addition to promoting walking, it stimulates neighborhood life, creating lively spaces that reflect Montreal’s vitality and creativity, “said Mr. Caldwell.
The following three projects will see the light of day at the beginning of summer 2018:
· Gilford Street, between Saint-Denis and Rivard Streets (Le Plateau-Mont-Royal) – Pedestrian Street
· Decelles Street, between Décarie and Sainte-Croix Streets (Saint-Laurent) – Placette and shared street
· Place Masson, between 5th and 6th Avenue (Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie) – Placette and shared street
The Pedestrian and Shared Streets Program provides boroughs with financial and technical support to design and carry out street pedestrian projects whose unique concepts will meet the needs of their residents. The boroughs whose project has been selected – following a call for projects – will receive, for the first year of their project, financial assistance equivalent to 50% of the costs up to a maximum of $ 100,000.
Summary of the year 2017
In 2017, the program enabled the realization of the following three pedestrian projects:
· Roy Terraces, Roy Street East, between De Bullion and Colonial Avenue (Plateau-Mont-Royal)
· Wellington Place, between Galt and Church Streets (Verdun)
· Market Place: Rue Saint-Ambroise, at the edge of the Atwater Market between Sainte-Émilie Street and Greene Avenue (South-West)
The projects completed in 2017 have been very successful. Pedestrian traffic has been considerable and the rate of user satisfaction is high. Thus, over 90% of the people met on the street said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the project. Pedestrianization of the streets has stimulated neighborhood life and urban animation, while promoting commercial activity, in a safe and friendly environment.
Existing pedestrian streets
Since the Program’s launch in 2015, 12 pedestrian streets in 10 of the city’s 19 boroughs have been developed under the Pedestrian and Shared Streets Program. These new projects add to more than 40 existing temporary, seasonal or permanent pedestrian streets. In Montreal, there are several places for pedestrians, for setting up small squares or shared streets, such as neighborhood shopping streets, streets on the edge of parks or those separating two sections of parks or streets bordering public buildings. and institutional such as primary and secondary schools, universities, metro stations, museums, public markets, churches in the heart of village nuclei, etc.