As part of its fight against COVID-19, Montreal has been rethinking its public space by creating safe active transportation circuits for active transportation. Its objective is for Montrealers to be able to walk and bike safely.
Reconfiguring public space
Safe active transportation circuits allow for the application of hygiene measures and physical distancing. They take different forms depending on the context in which they are implemented. Additional space is created for pedestrians by configuring pedestrian corridors or pedestrian streets, as well as new bike paths.
By developing safe active transportation circuits, streets can be reconfigured for Montrealers to so that pedestrians and cyclists can travel to parks, schools, essential services and businesses while complying with physical distancing measures, despite waiting lines.
New bike paths and pedestrian lanes
Since early June, tens of pedestrian lanes and bike paths have been developed.
These safe active transportation circuits link the Parc du Mont-Royal, Parc Maisonneuve, Parc Jarry and Parc Frédéric-Back. They namely run along commercial streets like Rue Rachel and Avenue du Mont-Royal.
Montrealers can enjoy these new paths all summer long.
See an interactive map of safe active paths and other developments to promote active travel in Montréal.
Active and… animated circuits
Safe active transportation circuits across the city will come to life this summer. A cultural component will emerge, in the form of temporary artistic and digital creations. Space for life will offer fun and creative activities to celebrate nature in the core of our city. The programming will be rolled out in keeping with public health directives.
Impact on parking and traffic
We will temporarily remove parking spaces along certain streets, and we will reconfigure some for the purposes of safe active transportation lanes. Certain streets will thus become reserved for local traffic or for one-way traffic only.