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, June 20 from 6 am until Sunday, June 21 at 11 pm, giving residents extra space to physically distance while getting exercise outdoors.
Here are the road closures to look out 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.
Vehicle access on these sections of major roads will be closed to provide people with greater space for walking, running and biking.
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.
Parts of major roads in Toronto will be closed this weekend, Sat. at 6am until Sun. at 11pm:
– Lake Shore Blvd. W. (Windermere Ave. to Stadium Rd.)
– Lake Shore Blvd. E. (Leslie St. to Woodbine Ave)
– Bayview Ave (Front St. E. to Rosedale Valley Rd.) https://t.co/Y4n2zeb5yY pic.twitter.com/wY5DZzgdDY
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) June 18, 2020
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.
This comes as the City confirmed the success and popularity of the ActiveTO road closures, after reviewing data collected from the first weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 along Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue.
According to the City, the numbers for both Lake Shore Boulevard West and East include the roadway closure, as well as the adjacent Martin Goodman Trail and/or boardwalk are as follows:
- 21,000 people on bikes and 4,400 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Ontario Drive
- 5,000 people on bikes and 5,400 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard East, east of Coxwell Avenue
- 4,700 people on bikes and 1,000 pedestrians on Bayview Avenue, north of River Street. Plus 3,400 people on bikes and 750 pedestrians on the adjacent Don Valley Trail