01/18/2015 01:31 EST | Updated 03/20/2015 05:59 EDT

Montreal plans five new 'pedestrian' streets for 2015

The City of Montreal has announced it will transform five city streets into "pedestrian-friendly" hubs in time for the city's 375th anniversary.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and executive committee member Aref Salem announced Sunday the city is committing $500,000 in 2015 to the new program.

"We're working with the boroughs, and the boroughs are working with their people," said Coderre.

Ten proposals were submitted by city boroughs, and five projects were selected:

- Ontario Street, between Valois Street and Bourbonnière Avenue

- Beaubien Street, between Saint-Denis Street and Boyer Street

- Castelneau Street, between Gaspé Street and Henri-Julien Avenue

- Stanislas Street, between Londres Street and Stanislas Street

- Park-Stanley Avenue, between Berri Street and Durham Avenue

Some streets will be for pedestrians to share with buses and bicycles, while others will be for pedestrians alone. 

City officials say they're not yet sure whether the streets will be dedicated to pedestrian use for the entire year or seasonally.

Ultimately, these projects will add 1.1 km to the existing pedestrian street network.

"These simple, creative and quick to set up projects will benefit residents and businesses, both economically and environmentally," said Coderre in a statement.