Over 10 km of Roads Will Be Pedestrian and Cyclist Only this Weekend

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Residents looking to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend will be able to take advantage of over 10 km of roads closed to traffic as part of the City’s ActiveTO initiative.

This weekend, more than 10 km of major roads in Toronto will close, from Saturday, July 4 from 6 am until Sunday, July 5 at 11 pm, giving residents extra space to physically distance while getting exercise outdoors.

READ: Where Every Single One of Toronto’s ‘Quiet Streets’ Are Located (MAP)

Here are the road closures to prepare for:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, and Budapest Park will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday night.

The City says it will be actively managing traffic during these closures through signal timing adjustments on adjacent routes, as well as roadway signage to alert drivers. Motorists who normally travel these roads on weekends are encouraged to plan alternate routes.

Those expecting to use the major road closures to walk, run or cycle should access them as a pedestrian or by bike, since nearby parking is limited and site parking is not provided.

Along with these major road closures, residents can also check out the ‘Quiet Streets’ across the city. To date, a total of 50 km of Quiet Street routes have been installed in 24 spots across the city, with more routes planned.

In these locations, the public can expect traffic calming measures, such as signage and temporary barricades placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that also welcomes people who walk, run and bike.