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A neighbourhood in Canada is closing its streets to make more room for pedestrians

The Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie neighbourhood in Montreal, Quebec is closing its streets to most cars in order to give priority to pedestrians, effective this summer.

The neighbourhood will create nine "pedestrian-priority living environments" as part of the pilot project, where only local traffic is allowed in the borough.

"This will make it easier to wander freely and safely through the neighbourhood, on foot and by bicycle, to take advantage of parks, schools, services, and essential businesses located within 500 meters of one's home," a statement says.

The project will also see the addition of 50 kilometres of bike paths, which will help residents continue to social distance.

The neighbourhood is likening the project to the famous "superblocks" of Barcelona, which were introduced in 2017.

Montreal has already established a number of "public health corridors" along the sides of city roads so pedestrians can safely practice social distancing in dense commercial areas.

The corridors allow pedestrians to maintain a healthy distance as they pass one another on the way to get groceries or run errands.

Montreal continues to struggle to flatten the curve as the pandemic progresses, so hopefully these latest measures will help the city to encourage social distancing.

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