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Review Information Materials Part 1 and Part 2 presented at the April 27 Virtual Meeting before filling out the Feedback Form by May 10.

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About the Pilot

In April 2021, Toronto City Council approved the installation of a temporary Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue as part of the City’s Pandemic Mobility Recovery Strategy.

Yonge Street is proposed to be transformed into a complete street through the CaféTO and ActiveTO programs, which were both created in 2020 as quick-start COVID-19 response programs. CaféTO provided urgent support to hundreds of local restaurants and ActiveTO has connected the City’s cycling network like never before.

The pilot will provide support for local businesses and surrounding communities by expanding outdoor patio areas, improving safety and comfort for everyone, and providing a safe and protected bike lane along the Line 1 subway.

The City of Toronto is inviting people to learn more about and provide feedback on this new pilot project. This is an opportunity to test new ideas quickly and cost-effectively, and be adaptable to community needs.

Public consultation will be conducted online, by phone and by mail only. This is based on the expert advice of our Medical Officer of Health to practice physical distancing, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of Toronto residents and our staff.

Virtual Public Meeting

The City hosted a virtual public meeting on April 27, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting was attended by over 300 participants. A meeting summary of questions, comments and responses will be posted shortly.

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

Complete Feedback Form for general public deadline May 10, 2021.

 

 

Schedule 2021

Stakeholder meetings with business, resident and community organizations are ongoing.

April: Design Options

May: Preferred Design Option

June – July: Installation

June – December: Monitoring

Early 2022 – Post Installation Report Back to Council

 

The pilot project area includes Yonge Street between Bloor Street as the south limit and Davisville Avenue as the north limit.

Council Decisions

April 7, 2021, City Council approved the General Manager, Transportation Services, to continue to consult, design, install and monitor the ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot in collaboration with the local Councillors and stakeholders and as part of the ActiveTO Cycling Network Expansion Projects.

  • Supplementary report on TTC Impacts of the Complete Street Pilot included.
  • Transportation Services continues to work with TTC staff to ensure the proposed design adequately accommodates TTC bus stops, minimizes the impact to transit, and improves the street environment for transit users. Wheel-Trans and accessibility needs are also key considerations in the proposed design.
  • The Pilot may inform other local transportation aspects, such as potential Bus Rapid Transit routes as part of the Midtown Infrastructure Implementation Strategies in the Midtown in Focus Final Report.
  • Business-specific issues to be reviewed through BIA Site Walks (in compliance with public health restrictions) and addressed throughout pilot delivery and monitoring.
  • Every effort will be made for all restaurants and bars fronting Yonge Street in the Pilot area to receive a curb lane café, provided they meet all other requirements of the CaféTO program.
  • Read Decision 2021.IE20.12

October 27, 2020, City Council approved the General Manager, Transportation Services, to consider and explore including, as part of either the 2021 update to the cycling network plan, the COVID-19 pandemic cycling network expansion response plan or potentially as part of the YongeTOmorrow process, a temporary protected bikeway along Yonge Street or parallel routes from Bloor Street to north of Lawrence Avenue in conjunction with on-street patios, road safety and traffic-calming measures, and other streetscape improvements identified through consultation with local businesses and community groups, following the complete streets approach applied to Danforth Avenue, with implementation by the second quarter of 2021, and iteration and evaluation throughout 2021.

July 16, 2019, City Council endorsed the Cycling Network Plan Update, including Yonge Street as a corridor requiring study.

July 23, 2018, City Council requested as part of Midtown in Focus that Yonge Street, Avenue Road and Mount Pleasant are Major Streets, identified in City Planning’s Midtown in Focus Yonge Eglinton Secondary Plan and Transportation Assessment, proposed to assess the feasibility of an optimal corridor(s) for dedicated (physically-separated) cycling infrastructure.

Corridor Comparison

In February 2021, Transportation Services completed a corridor comparison analysis of Mount Pleasant Avenue, Avenue Road and Yonge Street to determine the strongest corridor for a complete streets transformation pilot project.

Yonge Street was identified as the preferred corridor due to:

  • Highest potential for business benefits based on mixed-use land uses, employment along corridor and concentrations of BIAs compared to the alternatives
  • Demand for improvements as demonstrated through requests for CaféTO curb lane cafés as well as fewer anticipated parking impacts
  • Demonstrated need for safety improvements based on collision trends
  • Overall importance of the corridor to the cycling network considering the Cycling Network Plan prioritization process, topography and current bike share utilization
  • Policy support for complete streets and role of the corridor in placemaking along with lower vehicular volumes throughout compared to the alternatives

Yonge Street Corridor Overview

The ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue (3.2 kilometres) is proposed to result in:

  • A safer and more inviting street for all, including accessible features, additional pedestrian space, and streetscape beautification
  • Capacity relief to north-south Line 1 subway
  • Space for TTC bus stops and shuttles
  • New and expanded café options through CaféTO to support local restaurants
  • Dedicated space for vehicle and bicycle parking, loading / deliveries, and Bike Share stations
  • Protected bike lanes (cycle tracks) to connect people safely to their destinations and existing on street and off-street cycling routes
  • More room for physical distancing

 

 

 

Streets are vital places in Toronto, now more than ever. They are also the common space where our city comes together. Streets are where children learn to ride bicycles, neighbours meet, and couples stroll. Streets are the front door of our businesses, homes, parks, and institutions. They form essential networks that move people and goods safely and efficiently in our growing city.

The ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street, between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue, would be designed for people, for placemaking, and for prosperity.

Person riding bicycle in a protected bike lane passing by a cafe patio. The cafe and bike lane are seperated by a painted buffer and planter box.
Streets are for People

Streets are places where everyone should feel safe, comfortable, and connected.

 

The complete street image shows the use of colourful painted buffers on the street to expand crossing distance for pedestrians.
Streets for Placemaking

Streets should reflect the existing and planned function, scale and character of the neighbourhoods and communities that surround them, respecting the local context.

 

The curb lane shows a row of patio cafes being enjoyed by people on a sunny day.
Streets for Prosperity

Streets are vital to the economy and our city’s prosperity. Streets are the front door to many businesses and need to accommodate deliveries, goods movement and more.    

A five kilometre stretch of Danforth Avenue installed in 2020 is demonstrating that using a complete streets approach can quickly deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to Toronto’s main streets.

 The streetscape design elements include:

  • Planters placed along curb lane cafés, ends of parking areas and other strategic locations
  • Painted buffer areas and flex posts on concrete curbs to separate the bike lane from parking and traffic
  • Curb extensions designed to visually and physically narrow the roadway at intersections, slow vehicle traffic and reduce the crossing distance, and provide more space for pedestrians
  • Accessibility features including shortened crossing distances, platforms at key locations, unobstructed loading for high use Wheel-Trans locations
  • Improved street environment for transit users and space for accessible TTC bus stops and shuttle locations
  • Cycle tracks with curb stones
Diagram showing design elements of a complete street for Yonge Street which includes, shops, streetwalk, furnishing zone, cafe, planters, bike lane, flexi post seperation and lane for motor vehicles.
Streetscape Design Elements with curb lane CaféTO

 

Restaurants that fall within the boundary of the ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot can register for curb lane cafés through CaféTO. Frontage cafés, curb side cafés and flankage cafés will not be impacted by the Pilot. Temporary materials will be used to support CaféTO, parking, loading zones, a bike lane, and beautification features into the current Yonge streetscape.

For restaurants registering in Window 1: If your curb lane café is approved by CaféTO, your space will be set up in early May. In early summer, it will be taken down temporarily (maximum two weeks) and reinstalled with the rest of the pilot project.

For restaurants registering in Window 2 (Deadline is May 3): If your curb lane café is approved by CaféTO, your space will be set up with the rollout of the Pilot in early summer.

The City will make every effort to accommodate curb lane cafés and CaféTO registrations that meet the CaféTO guidelines in the newly configured street design. If you are applying for a temporary platform in your curb lane café, City staff will assess whether the platform can be accommodated in the space and will contact you with the results of the review. Temporary platforms in curb lanes could be installed in early summer with the rollout of the pilot project.

For questions or more information, please contact Danielle Davis at 647-463-7436.

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