January 24, 1999
To:Toronto Cycling Committee
From:Mr. Jack Becker, Chair
Network Planning and Facilities Sub-Committee
Subject:Hydro/Rail Corridor Bike Trail Project - Priority Project List
The Working Group on the Hydro/Rail Corridor Bike Trail Project requested that the Toronto
Cycling Committee develop a priority list of projects that should be addressed first. The
Working Group also requested a list of quick opportunity projects that are low cost and short
in length (1 to 2 kilometres), that would link current trails/cycling facilities or destinations,
and create significant use in a short time period.
The Sub-Committee favoured that the first set of priority projects develops a loop to allow
cycling around the City. This list of priorities was developed without current knowledge of
potential threat and loss of any corridor to other interests in the next two to four years. Should
information become available that any corridor may be lost, then that corridor would be
placed in the priority list.
It is recommended that the Toronto Cycling Committee endorse the following priority list for
the Hydro/Rail Corridor Bike Trail Project:
(1)Project No. 5/6, Finch North York Hydro Corridor/Finch Central Hydro Corridor from
the Don Trail to York University.
(2) Project No. 10, Abandoned CP PS Lead/CN Weston Sub from Davenport Road to
(3)Project No. 13/35, CN Newmarket Sub/CN Beltline Spur from Street Clair Avenue to the
Downsview Lands and also connecting to the Belt Line.
(4)Project No. 14, CN Bala Sub/CN Leaside Branch from Edwards Garden to the Betty
(1)Project No. 16/17, Gatineau Central Hydro Corridor/Gatineau Easy Hydro Corridor from
Meadowvale Road and the Rouge to the existing Gatineau Trail and to Eglinton Avenue
(2)Project No. 27, Finch/Highway No. 400 Hydro Corridor from York University/Black
Creek Trail to Summerlea Park and the North Humber River Trail.
C.Quick Link Opportunity Priority List:
(1)(a) Project No. 15, Central Don Valley section from Don Trail/Taylor Creek Park to the
Gatineau Hydro Corridor at Eglinton Ave. (staff to confirm if abandonment of the CN Bala
Sub is required for this section to be implemented ).
(1)(b) Project No. 41, Victoria Park Toronto Cycling Committee Station section from Taylor
Creek Park to Warden Woods Park.
(2)Project No. 16, Gatineau Central Hydro Corridor section from Eglinton Subway Station
up the hydro corridor adjacent to the CN Uxbridge Sub to the Gatineau Trail.
(3)Project No. 5/6, Finch North York Hydro Corridor section from Bathurst Street to
Dufferin Street as a demonstration trail connecting to G. Ross Lord Park.