Over the past several months, I have actively supported the City’s ActiveTO initiative, which ensures people have space to get around while respecting physical distancing. This measured, and data driven approach, to support essential trips, front-line workers, and vulnerable road users, comprises of the Quiet Streets Program, the closure of major roads, and the expansion of our City’s cycling network and infrastructure.
As the City prepares for the winter season, Transportation Services, which has delegated responsibility over ActiveTO, will be bringing the Quiet Streets program, and the closure of major roads, to an end. However, you still have a few weeks to safely enjoy walks, runs, and bike rides with your family, friends and loved ones.
The signs and barricades designating Quiet Streets city-wide are scheduled for removal in the coming weeks, shortly before or after Thanksgiving, based on the specific route. Transportation Services staff advise that it is not possible for the Quiet Streets installations to remain in place when winter maintenance (de-icing, salting, and plowing) is required.
Major Road Closures
These popular weekend closures, which have provided space for thousands of people to engage in physical activity in a very safe manner, will run through till the end of October 2020.
For this weekend, closures will be in place from Saturday, October 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 11 p.m. at the following locations:
- 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 Woodbine Avenue
- Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue
The specifics of the major road closures can be found each week at www.toronto.ca/activeto
The afore-mentioned programs have been very impactful, contributing to our overall wellbeing in these exceedingly difficult times. A report is being prepared by City staff to share some lessons learned, which will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with modifications, in the future. This report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021, and I will be lending my support to it.