The Metropolis of Toronto says it has permitted the return of the ActiveTO program for pedestrian and bicycle-friendly actions and it’ll embrace the favored Lake Shore Boulevard West stretch on choose weekends.
The route was up for debate resulting from building happening on the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection and The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, instantly north of Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Nonetheless, officers permitted the movement on Wednesday to coordinate efforts for that stretch and the development tasks to permit for main street closures alongside Lake Shore Boulevard West on particular weekends.
ActiveTO was first launched in Might in response to COVID-19 and the push to create extra alternatives for folks to get train whereas rising the quantity of house for bodily distancing.
In 2020, there have been 25 consecutive weekend closures between Might and October that largely occurred on parts of Lake Shore Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.
Extra ActiveTO routes
Together with Lake Shore Boulevard West, this system will see street closures return to the east aspect on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Avenue and Woodbine Avenue.
There may even be street closures alongside Bayview Avenue, between Rosedale Valley Street and Entrance Avenue East, which might be expanded south to Mill Avenue.
River Avenue, between Gerrard Avenue East and Bayview Avenue, may even be closed on weekends.
The precise dates for when all of those street closures will happen are nonetheless being determined.
“Main Weekend Street Closures will return this spring and workers will decide the primary weekend in addition to the places primarily based on climate forecasts, building schedules and different upkeep actions,” metropolis officers mentioned.
Additionally being thought-about for weekend closures are routes alongside Black Creek Drive, Allen Street and roads inside Exhibition Place.
Officers additionally mentioned a avenue pilot venture alongside midtown Yonge Avenue, between Bloor Avenue and Davisville Avenue, has been permitted “to help the native economic system and CaféTO with an enlargement of the momentary ActiveTO biking community.”
“ActiveTO has been a profitable and well-liked program that may proceed to assist us by the pandemic in addition to contribute to the long run livability of our metropolis,” Mayor John Tory mentioned.
“Weekend street closures benefitted hundreds of individuals and households final summer time and I stay up for their return this 12 months.”
— with information from Nick Westoll
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