The City of Toronto is planning to install bike routes in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. The new facilities will improve accessibility and safety, and create new ways for cyclists to travel around the area, and connect to local trails and public transit.

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October 30, 2017

A public event, information fair, and bike giveaway took place on October 30, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Valley Park Middle School, 130 Overlea Blvd. People were given the opportunity to provide feedback, learn more about the Bike Study, and speak with City staff and Community Animators.

If you  require assistance to read or understand project materials, please contact: Robyn Shyllit, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator at 416-392-3358.

Description of Bike Facilities

  • Flemingdon Park Bike facilities will be installed on Gateway Boulevard, Grenoble Drive, and Deauville Lane with two improved connections to the Don River Trail, one along Don Mills Road, the other along West Don River Trail Road.
  • Thorncliffe Park Bike facilities will be installed on Thorncliffe Park Drive.
  • Bike facilities on Overlea Boulevard, Ferrand Drive and Rochefort Drive are under study for future implementation.
Map of the Study Area
Map of the Study Area

The City of Toronto’s Ten Year Cycling Network Plan is outlines investments in cycling infrastructure from  2016 – 2025. The Plan builds on the City’s existing network of cycling routes to:

  1. Connect gaps in the Cycling Network
  2. Grow the Cycling Network into new parts of the City
  3. Improve the quality of existing Cycling Network routes

Through public consultation on the Plan, safety and connectivity were identified as the two highest priorities by stakeholders and the general public. Public feedback in the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities expressed a need for new cycling routes for people to travel around the area and to connect to public transit.

Bike Lane Design Examples

Below are some examples of different design options the City has installed on other streets that could be applied to Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park.

Bike Lanes

Dedicated part of the roadway for exclusive use of cyclists. Marked with a solid white lane, bicycle symbol and white diamond marking.

Buffered Bike Lanes

Dedicated part of the roadway for exclusive use of cyclists. They are located between the motor vehicle travel lane and either the curb or parking. They Buffered Bike Lanes are marked with solid while lines as well as a buffer zone marked with hatch markings. The bicycle symbol and white diamond marking appear in the exclusive cycling portion.

Parking Protected Cycle Tracks

One-way cycle tracks adjacent to parking is physically separated from moving vehicles by a lane of parked vehicles. It is typically at roadway level between the curb and parking. A buffer with bollards is typical, which protects cyclists from the door zone and provides safe unloading for motorists.

Sharrows

Shared lane pavement markings are used in shared traffic lanes to indicate ideal cyclist positions in the lane and to remind drivers to share the road. Sharrows are marked on the roadway with two white chevrons and a bicycle symbol.

Bike parking

Bike parking could include installation of bike rings, or bike parking facilities at specific locations or buildings.

General

1. What is the City’s Cycling Network Ten Year Plan?

On June 9, 2016 Toronto City Council approved a Cycling Network 10 Year Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for Toronto’s cycling routes. The Cycling Network Plan outlines the City’s planned investments in cycling infrastructure over 2016-2025.

The plan identifies opportunities for cycling infrastructure investments in every part of Toronto.  It includes recommendations for cycle tracks or bike lanes on fast busy streets, and recommendations for traffic calmed routes with cycling wayfinding on quiet streets.

2. Where can I access information and resources on cycling in Toronto?

View information about cycling in Toronto including programs to start cycling and safety information.

3. How much does this project cost? How is it being funded?

The project will cost approximately $3 million. Half of this is City capital funding and the other is contributed by the Federal Government. Learn more about the cost of cycling infrastructure.

4. How do bike lanes affect waste pick-up and emergency services?

Proposed bike lane designs will accommodate waste pick-up, emergency services and other municipal services.

5. How do bike lanes affect TTC bus stops and Wheel-Trans?

City staff will develop the bike lane design in consultation with TTC staff. City staff will continue to work with the TTC to accommodate curb-side bus stops, and consideration for Wheel-Trans passenger boarding.

6. Are bike lanes cleared of snow?

Yes.  Any approved bike lane design includes a maintenance program for snow removal and street cleaning, similar to other popular bike lanes.

Bike Facilities in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park

1. Why are bike facilities being installed in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park?

Public feedback on the City of Toronto’s Ten Year Cycling Network Plan from the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities expressed a need for new cycling routes that support people to travel around the area, and to connect to public transit and the City’s existing bike network.

2. When will the bike facilities be installed?

It is expected that bikes lanes could be installed in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park within 1 year of completing this study.

3. How will the bike facilities connect to the surrounding network and trails?

Bike facilities will be installed in Flemingdon Park on Gateway Boulevard Grenoble Drive, and Deauville Lane. These will connect cyclists to existing bike lanes on St. Dennis Drive, and will provide future connections to Eglinton Avenue on Ferrand Drive and/or Rocherfort Drive.

Bike facilities will be installed in Thorncliffe Park on Thorncliffe Park Drive. These will connect to the multi-use trails in Leaside Park, which connects cyclists to Millwood Road, and Pape Avenue. Cyclists can also use Thorncliffe Park Drive to connect to the Don Valley Trail System through ET Seaton Park.

Access to the Don Valley Trails will also be improved with a paved route from the east side of Don Mills Road, south of Gateway Boulevard.

A bike route on Overlea Blvd is under study, but out of scope for the current project due to lack of space.

4. How will the bike facilities be designed?

Bike facilities will be designed to support safe and accessible use. The Project Team consults with City staff and agencies including TTC, Emergency Services, Urban Design and traffic engineering.

The design of the bike facilities is informed through consultation and feedback received from local stakeholders and community groups, residents, and businesses, data analysis, and review of technical information.

5. How will the bike facilities impact vehicle traffic?

The bike facilities are not expected to have a significant impact on vehicle traffic or travel times.

6. How will the bike facilities impact building access?

The bike facilities will be designed to maintain building access for vehicles and pedestrians.

7. How will the bike facilities impact on-street parking?

The bike facilities are not expected to have a significant impact on availability of on-street parking. Some changes to parking restrictions may be needed on Grenoble Drive. Any changes to parking will be reviewed by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee before being implemented.

8. Will additional bike parking be installed?

Yes. The bike facilities will include installation of bike racks and parking locations.

Public Consultation and Community Engagement

1. What are the public consultation activities?

There are many ways to get involved in the Bike Flemingdon Park and Thornclife Park Study. Throughout this Study, the City is partnering with Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Flemingdon Health Centre, and local community groups to enhance resident engagement, capacity development, and outreach.

2. How are you consulting with local organizations and stakeholder groups?

Throughout the Study, the City shares information and seeks feedback from local organizations and stakeholders:

  • Residents Associations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Community Groups
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Ward Councillor
  • City Agencies and Utilities

3. How do I ask questions or provide feedback?

Questions and comments about this Study can be received at anytime by contacting Robyn Shyllit, Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator at Robyn.Shyllit@toronto.ca or 416-392-3358.

With the exception of personal contact information, all feedback and comments received are recorded and shared with the project team.

4. How will I be notified about public events?

Newsletters will be sent to all residents and businesses in the study area via Canada Post direct mail, sent to the project email list, and posted to the City website. Additionally, notification for public events and feedback opportunities is sent to the project stakeholder list including local organizations, community groups, and the Ward Councillor to share with their networks.

5. How are event locations selected?

Event locations are selected based on availability, accessibility, proximity to the study area, appropriate facilities to host the style of event, and cost.

The City worked with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Flemingdon Health Centre, and local community partners to enhance resident engagement, capacity development, and outreach throughout the Study.

  • Meet Community Animators: A team of Community Animators attended several community events in August and September 2017 and travelled around the area to keep you informed about the Study and answer questions.
  • Public events: A public event took place on October 30, 2017 at Valley Park Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to share information about the study and other local cycling projects.
  • Provide feedback: Questions and comments can be sent at anytime to Robyn Shyllit, Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator at  Robyn.Shyllit@toronto.ca or 416-392-3358. With the exception of personal contact information, all feedback and comments received are recorded and shared with the project team.
  • Sign up for email updates: email Robyn.Shyllit@toronto.ca or call 416-392-3358 to sign-up to receive email updates about this Study.

Public Event

A Public Event, Information Fair, and Bike Giveaway* took place on Monday October 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Valley Park Middle School to share information about this study and cycling in Toronto.

  • Provide feedback and learn more about the Bike Study, speak with City staff and Community Animators.
  • Bike Giveaway* and safety checks from 4:30 p.m. to  6:30 p.m., generously donated by Morning Glory Cycling Club and Gears Bike Shop
  • Injury prevention information sharing
  • Bike fixes and maintenance demonstrations
  • Snacks, child care, and in-person translation provided

* Please note this event will take place Rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult to receive a free re-furbished bike. Bikes are not guaranteed for all children and will be available first come first served. The child must be in attendance at the event to try the bike. Before receiving a bike, parents and children will visit information displays inside the school. There will be about 150 bikes available, and the majority of free bikes fit children in grades one through six.