Piétonnisation of the Mont-Royal avenue: merchants and concerned citizens

Piétonnisation de l'avenue du Mont-Royal: commerçants et citoyens inquiets

The piétonnisation of the avenue du Mont-Royal and sow discontent among residents and merchants on the corner, which must contend with the diversion of automobile traffic.

Since last week, the movement of cars and cyclists is forbidden on Mont-Royal avenue between the Park and the street, Chapleau.

Consequence: vehicles pass through the residential streets of the Plateau to continue on their way.

“On Sunday afternoon, I had to manage the traffic on the street Generous while the children were playing in the alley”, for example, explains Christophe Hohlweg, a father of a family who lives in the neighborhood. Usually, only delivery trucks and residents of the area are circulating in this street which leads into a green lane.

Since the piétonnisation, several vehicles pass for access to the avenue Papineau. Mr. Hohlweg, who is campaigning yet for the advantage of Valérie Plant for several years, has filed a complaint with the elected officials of Project Montreal last week, saying it was concerned for the safety of neighborhood children who play in the alley. He wishes that the car traffic in this street once peaceful, is one way, at a maximum speed of 10 km/h.

Merchants who receive their deliveries in these small streets écopent them also. “Motorists chialent after the deliverymen because they block the way, and we preach to new that they have to go to work. We also, we are working,” sighed Marie Yoshimura-Gagnon, owner of Kyoto Flowers, which receives its deliveries by the street Generous. The florist laments the fact that she has not had her word to say on the redevelopment of the avenue du Mont-Royal.

The mayor of the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, Luc Rabouin, argues that changes will be made.

“Tuesday, there was a tour of the different sites to see the changes to make [to reduce the impact of traffic]. These measures will be implemented on some of the streets parallel to the avenue du Mont-Royal] in the coming days,” he confirmed on Thursday.

These measures include the introduction of donkey, the one way traffic in some streets and addition of signage, such as the marking on the ground.

Sales

Merchants of the avenue du Mont-Royal are also worried. The co-owner of the Butcher shop Comté, Didier Crucet, is particularly concerned about the impact on its turnover. “We woke up one morning and it was done no matter how. It has not been consulted, we no longer call it a democracy,” growls he.

Approximately 30% of the clients of Mr. Crucet came from outside of the borough and went to his trade in car or by public transport, which is not possible any more. He believes, therefore, that he will lose these sales.

In the perpendicular streets, 250 parking spaces free for two hours, however, have been developed to enable clients to park the time to do their shopping on Mont-Royal.

For the delivery, the truck can be driven on Mont-Royal every day from 7am to 11am. “At the request of traders, we can add terminals, 15 minutes for delivery”, also notes the mayor Rabouin.

Bicycles prohibited

The piétonnisation of the avenue du Mont-Royal, it also means that we can no longer ride a bike.

Monday afternoon, several cyclists pédalaient yet in the avenue. Police officers on bicycles have been seen defying the rules of signaling in effect. The police Department of the City of Montreal confirms, however, that its police officers and cadets are allowed to ride a bike in this area to apply the regulation.

When asked about the presence of cyclists in the avenue newly pedestrianised, the mayor of the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, Luc Rabouin, recalled that a time of adaptation is necessary. “The signage was installed Monday. It always leaves a time to raise awareness. Eventually, the police will enforce the regulations,” says the elected representative of projet Montréal.

The mayor of Montreal has had to respond Monday to the many criticisms on the new developments made by the City. “Our elected officials are on the floor, they pick up the information. If people have concerns, it’s very good that we share and we will adjust. This is the urban tactical. We don’t want to create problems, we want to find solutions,” said Valerie Plant.

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