Background Information on Multi-Use Trail Network
In July 2009 Transportation Services was awarded funding through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario (RInC) and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC)
to develop multi-use trails within hydro and rail corridors across the City. These projects will be managed as a joint initiative between Transportation Services, and Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
The RInC funding received by Transportation Services will be used to develop new/upgraded multi-use trails. A total of seven multi-use trail projects will be developed within the Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor, CN Leaside and Scarborough Pit Spur (former rail corridors). This will add approximately 30 kilometres of new and 4 km of upgraded off-road bike trails to the City's Bikeway Network and represents the largest expansion of the City's trail system in a single year.
As part of these projects, Toronto City Council has approved the installation of 13 new signal installations and 5 road alterations. 20 existing traffic signals will also be upgraded. Details about these decisions are available online for review, in section PW 34.9 of the City Council meeting agenda.
These trails will be part of the Bikeway Network and considerations are being made so that they will connect with existing multi use path, and other pieces of the bikeway network.