With warmer weather on the horizon, the City has started to open up the first of its ‘quiet streets‘, roads that are free of traffic and invite pedestrians and cyclists to move outside while social distancing.
As part of the City’s ActiveTO plan, the City is installing 57 kilometres of quiet streets in different neighbourhoods where traffic calming measures, including signage and temporary barricades, will be erected to encourage drivers to slow down and create a roadway that “welcomes people who walk, run and bike.”
Parking and drop off areas will not be impacted, and City services, such as waste collection and emergency access, will continue as normal.
For those looking to get outside and stretch their legs (while socially distancing, of course) we’ve mapped out the first 20 quiet streets that have been approved by the City as of May 14. More are expected to be announced later on.
The City is also testing out closing a number of major roads over the weekends to provide residents with even more space to physically distance while outdoors, with vehicle access on parts of the major roads being closed to make room for walking, running and biking this Saturday and Sunday.
The following three major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, May 23 at 6 am until Sunday, May 24 at 11 pm:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. 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 Coxwell Avenue to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue);
- Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.
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 should plan alternate routes.
Those expecting to use the major road closures to cycle, run or walk should access them by bike or as a pedestrian, since nearby parking is limited and site parking is not provided.
This map will be updated as more ActiveTO road closures are announced.