Petition to make the Voie Camillien-Houde safe for all its users
On September 13, 2023, the Projet Montréal administration announced that Voie Camillien-Houde, one of only two roads providing access to Mont Royal, would be closed to motorists as of 2027.
This decision goes against recommendations issued by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), which were based on the public’s concerns. Following a wide-ranging consultation with over 13,000 Montrealers, the organization recommended in 2019 that “automobile traffic be maintained over the entire Camillien-Houde/Remembrance roadway, while its layout be revised to transform it into a right of way that better integrates with the vocation of Parc Mont Royal and respects its natural heritage.”
In a 2018 interview with Radio-Canada, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante committed to respecting and following any recommendations issued by the OCPM. Now, five years later, she’s going back on her word.
Closure of Voie Camillien-Houde will create a number of access issues for seniors, people with reduced mobility, people with health problems, and families. The OCPM also points out in its report that the pilot project to close Voie Camillien-Houde in 2018-2019 led to an increase in automobile traffic on Chemin Remembrance and congestion issues in neighbourhoods adjacent to the mountain (Outremont, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie). When it announced its decision on September 13, the Plante administration was unable to guarantee with supporting studies that there would be no traffic redirected into these residential neighbourhoods. As a result, Projet Montréal is not solving the safety issues. Their party is creating new ones.
In Ensemble Montréal’s opinion, the Projet Montréal administration should respect the consultations in which over 13,000 Montrealers took part, follow the OCPM’s recommendations and keep its word.
Sign the petition below to ask Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and her administration to reverse their decision, and to quickly make Voie Camillien-Houde safer while guaranteeing ongoing access for all users of the route, as recommended by the OCPM.