The Avenue Road Study is identifying opportunities to improve safety, mobility, and streetscape to better serve all road users on the street segment between Bloor Street West and St. Clair Avenue West.

The Study is taking into consideration the impact of potential changes on the city-wide road network and adjacent local streets.

Full reconstruction of Avenue Road is currently forecasted to take place more than ten years from now. In consultation with the community, the Study is determining what interim improvements can be made.

The study area is Avenue Road from Bloor Street on the south to St. Clair Avenue West on the north.

Map of study area Avenue Road from Bloor Street on the south to St. Clair Avenue West on the north.

Potential Changes

A range of options will be considered to improve safety, mobility choices and streetscape on Avenue Road. Changes could include:

  • Increased pedestrian space
  • Reduced speed limits and/or number of motor vehicle lanes
  • New cycling facilities and/or improved wayfinding to alternative routes
  • Improved connections to adjacent public spaces and key local destinations
  • New street furniture, green infrastructure and patios
  • Modifications to on-street pick up and drop off areas and short term parking
  • Other ideas and suggestions arising from the study

All potential improvements will be assessed through an evaluation process that considers the extent to which each solution addresses safety concerns, advances the City’s goals and policies, impacts the neighbourhood and the road network, as well as availability of resources.

The participation of all road users, local community members and other stakeholders is essential to identify appropriate and effective improvements for Avenue Road. Phase 2 consultation has been rescheduled to fall 2023.

Phase Two, Fall 2023: Share options for near-term improvements and information about long-term vision

Phase 2 of public consultation will ask for road user and community member input on the long-term vision and potential near-term improvements.  The public will have an opportunity to learn about and provide feedback on the proposed improvements through an in-person public event and an online survey.

Following consultation, the assessment of all potential improvements will be finalized.

The Study will conclude with a staff report to City Council for a final decision. Next steps on implementation will be determined by availability of funding, resources, and the City’s competing priorities.

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Phase One, Spring 2022: Review existing conditions and identify concerns and priorities

Phase 1 of public consultation is now complete. The purpose of Phase 1 was to verify concerns and priorities previously raised for Avenue Road from St Clair Avenue to Bloor Street, and to identify concerns and priorities not previously captured. Phase 1 involved gathering public input for the study area through an online survey. Responses from the survey will inform the development of potential improvement options for Avenue Road that best serve all road users with the space available. The Phase 1 Public Consultation Report summarizes public feedback received May 9 – May 29, 2022.

What We Heard

The most common concerns identified by survey respondents are the high speed of traffic, insufficient space on sidewalks, lack of bikeways, and the insufficient buffer space between pedestrians and vehicles, indicating an overall concern for safety.  The most frequently identified changes that survey respondents would like to see are increased sidewalk widths, reduced vehicle speed limits, and the introduction of cycling facilities.

Other frequently mentioned concerns and priorities for the corridor include noise levels related to speeding, the need to maintain traffic flow to and from the downtown core, and concerns about impacts to the corridor and the neighbourhood if changes are implemented on both Avenue Road and Yonge Street.

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