As residents gear up for a beautiful weekend in Toronto, the City is closing a number of roads to traffic to make room for pedestrians and cyclists.
With sunshine and highs on Saturday and Sunday expected near 22ºC, the City is expanding its ActiveTO major road closures footprint this weekend to provide residents with more space to physically distance while outdoors and getting exercise.
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.
More 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. (Coxwell Ave to Woodbine Ave)
– Bayview Ave (Mills St to Rosedale Valley Rd)
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The City says it will actively manage 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.
Along with the major road closures, ActiveTO also includes 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets across the GTA, 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.”
You can find a map of all of the approved quiet streets here.
If you really want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the nice weather, you can visit one of the lesser-known parks in the city. And with over 1500 public parks, chances are there’s one located close to you.