Cars banned from crossing over Mont Royal – If you can’t go under or over it, you have to go around it. Montreal City Hall announced a pilot project that will see Camillien Houde Way on Mont-Royal closed to cars for the spring and summer of 2018. Drivers coming from the east or west will still be able to access the mountain from Remembrance Road and Camillien-Houde and park at Beaver Lake and Smith House – but the convenient shortcut from one side to the other will be closed.
The announcement follows the death an eighteen-year-old cyclist last October, when a driver who was pulling out of the parking lot of the Lookout, made an illegal left turn and ran right into him.
Luc Ferrandez, the city’s executive-committee member responsible for large parks and green spaces said, ‘Mount Royal will become greener and safer, with fewer cars and less parking’ and ‘the city is interested in using part of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site for a visitor center and parking, reducing the number of parking spots on the mountain itself’.
Mayor Valerie Plante said in a CTV report that ‘the closure would be the first of many steps that will be taken to reduce car traffic in Montreal’.
“It was important for us to send a strong signal that yes, we want to minimize, we want to reduce, all the traffic on the mountain. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be proposing other measures,” she said. “I think this is good news to protect Mount Royal and to protect lives because we see that it’s not easy for pedestrians and cyclists and as well car drivers. So we had to find a solution and I’m really glad that this morning we made one.”
Changes will be made to the STM Bus 11, which transports passengers from Christophe Colomb Avenue and Rachel to Queen Mary and Gatineau.