September 25, 2023

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Chameleon-Hout banned from cars: “The mountain is for everyone”

Chameleon-Hout banned from cars: “The mountain is for everyone”

Montreal’s mayor, Valéry Plante, announced Wednesday that the Camilleon-Haute route in Mont-Royal will now be closed to cars.

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In an interview on Le Billon on LCN’s airwaves, the mayor affirmed that “the mountain belongs to everyone,” prompting a question from host and journalist Paul Laroque on the topic of universal access to the mountain.

However, Valerie Plante wanted to clarify that access to Mount Royal by car is still possible, but will require a detour.

Asked about the results of a public consultation that did not recommend closing Camillien-Houde, he explained: “Of the 17 recommendations presented, we are following most of them. The world has evolved since 2019.

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He also confirmed that the decision was motivated by the protection of the most vulnerable and responding to the challenges posed by climate change.

However, one question remains: Will 10,000 cars using this route worsen the already problematic road congestion in the metropolis?

In this case, the mayor admitted the decision was controversial, but said “the road network in Montreal is at full capacity, and more people in the metropolitan area own three or four cars. It’s time to rethink our habits.

The mayor concluded with emotion: “The mountain must be protected. It’s a gem, it’s a lung. We want to keep it safe while making sure everyone can access it with Reminder.

Watch the full interview in the video above.