Montrealers not happy after five month long pilot project blocked car access on Mount Royal
One week after the controversial pilot project that saw Camillien Houde, the east/west access on Mount Royal blocked to cars for five months, Montrealers can now have their say.
Phase two of public consultations is underway and it began with an information session on Thursday evening. The Office Consultation Publique Montreal, an independent consultation group, and the city of Montreal both presented data that was collected before and during the pilot project.
There were 10,000 participants of the survey, a record for the OCPM.
Clapping and a sarcastic groan could be heard from the approximately 75 people who were in attendance when Dominique Olliver, president of OCPM announced that 58 per cent of people who answered the independent survey said they thought banning access to cars permanently was a “very bad idea”. It was also not very surprising that 83 per cent of drivers disagreed with the pilot project while 66 per cent of cyclists responded that it is was a “very good idea”.
Olliver did admit that she was surprised that those who answered the survey online were more negative about the project than those who attended one of the in-person pop up workshops during the five month project.
The survey also found that 67 per cent per cent of respondents said the closure caused more traffic on surrounding streets, which the city said was not true, claiming that the north/south routes did not “exceed capacity.”
During the Q+A session most participants said they felt ignored and that there should have more consultations before the project even began. Some participants questioned the validity of the city’s data while others wanted to know if there would be some kind of compromise between the city, cyclists and car users.
Most agreed that it would make sense to close the road during peak season or during certain times of the day but all agree that closing the road permanently to cars made no sense.
Montrealers can register online to participate in more public consultations and have their say until November 22.