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.
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
Stakeholder meetings with business, resident and community organizations are ongoing.
The pilot project area includes Yonge Street between Bloor Street as the south limit and Davisville Avenue as the north limit.
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.
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.
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:
The ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue (3.2 kilometres) is proposed to result in:
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.
Streets are places where everyone should feel safe, comfortable, and connected.
Streets should reflect the existing and planned function, scale and character of the neighbourhoods and communities that surround them, respecting the local context.
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:
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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