Mount Royal pilot-project to ban cars getting a rough ride

Halfway through Mayor Valérie Plante's pilot project on Camilien-Houde is creating a lof or confusion and some are suggesting the new ban on traffic across Mount Royal isn't having the effect that the administration had hoped for. 

Instead, it’s compromising safety and reducing accessibility to the park, according to Les Amis de la Montagne.

The group says the closure is impacting safety because drivers ignore the signs, which are challenging to follow, and because some cyclists who use the mountain are also ignoring rules of the road, 

On Friday, Mayor Valerie Plante said she was surprised by the reaction. 

"The Amis de la montagne has always been part of that so I really don't understand why this is coming out this way," said Plante to CTV Montreal. "that being said, so far, what we're (hearing) is that there's always improvements that can be done." 

The mayor added that the expectation is for drivers to respect the changes on Camilien-Houde, especially "ahead of the back-to-school season," which Plante said would have more vehicles on Montreal roads. 

Public consultations on the pilot project, which expires in October, will be held in early-November. 

- Based on files from CTV Montreal