The City of Toronto is inviting residents to learn more and provide feedback on the Beltline Gap Connections project. The project proposes a safe and connected route for people cycling and pedestrians over the Allen Road Expressway closing the gap between the York Beltline Trail and Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. Letters will be provided to property owners and tenants with right-of-way impacts adjacent to their properties.

The project is part of the Cycling Network Plan Near-Term Implementation Program. The proposed road safety improvements and bikeway connections will be installed at the same time as overlapping state of good repair road work. In addition to closing the gap between the existing trail network, this project will connect to the existing Marlee Avenue bikeway and future cycle tracks as part of the eglintonTOday Complete Street Project.

The project includes:

  • Converting the west-side sidewalk on Marlee Avenue into a raised bi-directional cycle track and a widened sidewalk (between Eglinton Avenue West and Roselawn Avenue)
  • Upgrading the bike lanes on Marlee Avenue to cycle tracks (between Roselawn Avenue and Castlefield Avenue)
  • Converting the south-side sidewalk on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive into a multi-use trail (between Marlee Avenue and the western limit of the bridge)
  • Converting the south side of the roadway into a bi-directional on-road cycle track on Elm Ridge Drive (between the western limit of the bridge to Newgate Road)
  • Converting the Allen Greenway sidewalk into a multi-use trail (between Elm Ridge Drive and Wembley Road)
  • Adding bike signals, protected intersection corner islands and curb extensions to improve safety by giving priority and reducing crossing distances for pedestrians and people cycling
  • Removing the westbound left turn lane on Roselawn Avenue approaching the Marlee Avenue intersection

Public feedback, along with technical considerations and City policies and guidelines will be considered in decisions to be made by staff and City Council.

The project area is bounded by Marlee Avenue to the west, Eglinton Avenue West to the south, Castlefield Avenue, Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive to the north and Newgate Road and the Allen Greenway to the east.

Beltline Gap Connections Project Area north of the Eglinton Avenue and Allen intersection, proposed connections along the Allen Greenway, Roselawn Avenue/ Elm Ridge Drive, and Marlee Avenue
Beltline Gap Connections Project Area

Why consider changes on Marlee Avenue, Roselawn Avenue, Elm Ridge Drive and the Allen Greenway?

This project is focused on closing the 475 metre gap between the York Beltline and Kay Gardner Trails and creating a continuous safe and comfortable cycling and pedestrian experience.

Further, there is programmed state of good repair work in the area, presenting a once in a generation opportunity to make significant changes. The state of good repair work includes: road reconstruction on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive in 2025-2026 (between Marlee Avenue and the western limit of the William R Allen Road Bridge).

In the past ten years, there have been 343 total collisions, including one pedestrian fatality in the project area. Bikeways and sidewalks are a critical piece of transportation infrastructure that improve accessibility and safety for all road users, particularly for children, seniors and those with mobility challenges.

This project supports the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and goal is to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by making our roads safer for everyone.

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Artist’s Rendering of Marlee Avenue facing south with standard width vehicular lanes, raised bi-directional cycletrack , and sidewalk on the west side of the road
Artist’s Rendering facing south on Marlee Avenue
Illustration showing existing lane and sidewalk on Marlee Avenue facing south, with wider vehicular lanes and standard sidewalks on both sides
Illustration showing existing lane and sidewalk on Marlee Avenue facing south
Illustration showing proposed lane and sidewalk changes on Marlee Avenue facing south, with standard width vehicular lanes, standard sidewalk on east side, a raised bi-directional cycletrack, and widened sidewalk on the west side
Illustration showing proposed lane and sidewalk changes on Marlee Avenue facing south
  • Construct a raised bi-directional cycletrack and upgrade the existing sidewalk on the west side to meet accessibility standards between Eglinton Avenue West and Roselawn Avenue
  • Upgrade the bike lanes to on-road cycle tracks between Roselawn Avenue and Castlefield Avenue
  • Upgrade the existing sidewalk on the west side to meet accessibility standards
  • Add curb extensions on the west side to improve safety and visibility of pedestrians, minimize tree impacts and discourage motor vehicle speeding at local intersections including: Livingstone Avenue, Belgravia Avenue, Whitmore Avenue and Hopewell Avenue
  • Remove centre medians at Roselawn Avenue and Marlee Avenue intersection
  • Narrow motor vehicle lanes to standard widths
  • Loss of one parallel commercial in-boulevard parking space
  • Driveways on City property may be reduced in length
  • Potential loss of some trees/plantings on City property
  • New plantings will be explored, where possible
  • Private items on City property may be impacted once detailed design is advanced

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Illustration showing existing lane and sidewalk on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive facing west, with wider vehicular lanes and sidewalks on both sides
Illustration showing existing lane and sidewalk on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive facing west
Illustration showing proposed lane and sidewalk changes on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive facing west, with standard width vehicular lanes, standard sidewalk on north side, a raised multi-use trail on the south side
Illustration showing proposed lane and sidewalk changes on Roselawn Avenue and Elm Ridge Drive facing west
Existing Elm Ridge Drive/ Bridge layout with a wider vehicular lanes with sidewalks on both sides. The proposed layout includes standard width lanes, on-road bi-directional cycletrack, and sidewalk on both sides
Elm Ridge Drive/ Bridge Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
  • Convert the south-side sidewalk between Marlee Avenue and the western limit of the bridge into a multi-use trail
  • Add on-road bi-directional cycle track on the south side of the bridge to Newgate Road
  • Narrow motor vehicle lanes to standard widths
  • Remove the westbound left turn lane on Roselawn Avenue approaching the Marlee Avenue intersection
  • No impacts to private property
  • Removal of eight on-street permit parking spaces, immediately west of the bridge (no permits issued)

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Existing Allen Greenway is a standard pedestrian trail. The Proposed layout will introduce a multi-use trail for both pedestrians and cyclists
Allen Greenway Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
  • Convert Allen Greenway sidewalk to a widened multi-use trail from Elm Ridge Drive to Wembley Road
  • Improve safety through enhanced signage and pavement markings
  • No impacts to private property
  • StreetARToronto will be hosting a series of community engagement sessions for a mural project along the Allen Sound Wall – Allen Greenway project in 2024-2025

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Submit comments now by email, mail or phone. Comment deadline: April 19, 2024.

Transportation Services will be seeking City Council authority to install the proposed road safety improvements and bikeway connections.  As part of the approval process, staff will report to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) of the City of Toronto on May 28, 2024. We will share more details on the project web page before this meeting.

The project timeline includes:

Phase Time Activities
Data Collection and Preliminary Design Fall 2023 to Winter 2024
  • Review collision reports
  • Collect turning movement counts
  • Conduct field observations
  • Councillor briefing
  • Interest group meetings
Comment Review April to May 2024
  • Review comments received after public notification and refine preliminary design
Report to IEC and City Council May 2024
  • Staff report to IEC and City Council including public consultation summary
Detail Design and coordination June to early 2025
  • Detail design
  • Pending approval, construction planning and notification
Construction begins Spring 2025
  • Pending approval, project is planned for construction starting in spring 2025 with potential to carry over in 2026
After construction 2025-2027
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation