Installation of Phase 2 from Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road will now begin on Thursday, May 23 (weather permitting).

Please see the installation notice for further details.

The Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension between Runnymede Road and Resurrection Road aims to make travel on the street safer, more inviting and attractive for everyone. The project provides road safety improvements, cycle tracks and public realm upgrades to meet Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and Climate Change Action Plan goals. The Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension was approved by City Council (IE4.3) on June 14, 2023.

Data, monitoring and evaluation

Cycling activity data collection accuracy and reliability

Cycling activity is measured at both intersections and mid-block locations by third party vendors specializing in traffic data collection. Data is collected using videos and sensors. The vendors must complete quality control of the data through accuracy checks and testing. City staff also conduct periodic checks to ensure reliable and accurate data.

Assessing project impacts on traffic flow, emergency response times, and local businesses

The Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension between Runnymede Road and Resurrection Road aims to improve safety for pedestrians, and people cycling and driving, enhance the walking and cycling experience, support the qualities that make Bloor Street West a place, and maintain roadway space for transit, emergency services, deliveries, shopping and commuting. To achieve these goals, the project team studied traffic and consulted with representatives of emergency services, businesses and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).

  • Traffic: The traffic study summarizes the vehicular traffic analysis. The traffic study was used to optimize traffic signal timing, including left/right turn arrows, green time and improving flow from one traffic light to another within the context of Complete Street objectives. After installation, more data will be collected and adjustments will be made to improve traffic operations and to improve road safety for all road users.
  • Emergency Services: Emergency Services operations were among the highest priorities in the design process. Representatives from Emergency Services were consulted at various stages through the design including a detailed review of plans. The final design incorporates their comments.
  • Businesses: The City consulted businesses and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) on the design of the project at various stages, including a survey to all businesses to gather parking and loading demands and requirements of businesses and buildings. Two separate studies of Bloor Street West in the Annex found positive economic impacts associated with the Bloor Street Pilot, including increases in the average number of customers, and customer spending.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Within the first year following the installation, the City will observe new travel behaviour along the corridor, conduct new traffic, speed and travel time counts on Bloor Street West, monitor traffic volumes on nearby streets, work with partners to report on any changes in emergency response times, conduct counts of people cycling and continue to collect, record and respond to public feedback. After the first year of installation, City staff will post an analysis to the project web. To receive project updates, including the post-installation analysis, please sign up for the project email list.

Consultation

Consultation with local residents and businesses and how concerns were addressed

Transportation Services consulted with local residents and businesses before completing the design and implementing the Bloor Street West Complete Street project. Below is a summary of consultation and communication activities from this project.

  • Individual stakeholder and ratepayer association meetings: January to May 2023; over 9 meetings
  • Loading and delivery survey for businesses: January 23 to February 6, 2023; 72 responses
  • Virtual stakeholder meeting: April 4, 2023; 26 attendees
  • Two public drop-in events: April 12 and April 13, 2023; over 300 attendees
  • Online feedback form: March 23 to April 27, 2023; 1,866 responses
  • 120 emails and 15 phone calls from January to May 2023
  • School engagement: May 4, 2023
  • Targeted emails to project stakeholders
  • 33,894 notices distributed throughout the project area

More details as well as a summary of feedback collected can be found in the Consultation Report. Overall, consultation activities saw a contrast between community members who support a complete streets approach and the proposed bikeways, and community members who have concerns about traffic congestion impacts.

The project team developed a June 2023 Project Update document that summarizes comments that were incorporated into the final proposal put forth to Infrastructure and Environment Committee and City Council. Most notably, the project team incorporated feedback related to increasing the number of right-turn-on-red restrictions; installing a physical barrier at Mossom Road; extending the westbound right-turn lane at Old Mill Road; accommodating loading space at Royal York Road and Bloor Street West; and adding a right-turn arrow at Thompson Avenue.

Hearing feedback

Residents are invited to provide feedback via the dedicated project email, bloorcompletestreet@toronto.ca, and phone line, 416-338-1066. Community feedback, along with monitoring, will be used to inform any modifications to the installation, including to signal timing, curbside uses, and safety measures. For more information, please consult this website’s drop-down tab entitled: Changes made based on Feedback

Safety

Safety measures and their evaluation

Safety measures for all road users include new crosswalks, cycle tracks separated by concrete curbs, bollards and planters, centre-left turn lanes, painted curb extensions, raised bus platforms and new signage. More safety measures are planned for 2024 including giving dedicated traffic signal time to different modes and enhancing the visibility of pedestrians and people cycling to turning drivers by changing the radius of curbs and adding turn-calming features. Post-installation, Transportation Services will continue to observe and collect data along Bloor Street West to determine if the safety features have been effective.

Right-turns on red prohibition

Right-turn-on-red (RTOR) prohibitions implemented at signalized intersection stop drivers from turning right during a red signal. RTOR restrictions are typically implemented at locations where there has been a history of collisions.

Right-turn on red prohibitions have been added to the following locations along the limits of Phase 1:

  • Bloor Street West and Durie Street – southbound right movement
  • Bloor Street West and Windermere Avenue– southbound and northbound right movement
  • Bloor Street West and Armadale Avenue – northbound right movement
  • Bloor Street West and Jane Street – southbound right movement
  • Bloor Street West and Prince Edward Drive – northbound right movement
  • Bloor Street West and Royal York Road – all directions

RTOR restrictions were applied when considering the following factors, which are consistent with City of Toronto policies and practices:

  • Complex intersection geometry
  • Two-stage bike queue boxes
  • RTOR collision history, specifically for vulnerable road users
  • School crossings, school proximity, and area senior populations
  • Site observations, specifically for conflicts between vulnerable road users and vehicles turning right on red
  • Public/stakeholder comments
  • Pedestrian volumes crossing that intersect the right-turn(s) in question
  • Potential for conflict from high turn volumes and pedestrian volumes combined
  • Estimating the potential travel-time impacts through traffic modeling, especially for movements critical to the TTC
  • Increased potential conflicts during right-turn-on-green

Painted curb extensions

At many intersections along the corridor, painted curb extensions have been added to reduce exposure of vulnerable road users in the intersection and to slow the speed of turning drivers. Some are painted to indicate this is pedestrian space and not typical roadway, and for placemaking purposes. The geometry of these extensions follows the City’s Curb Extension Guidelines. Some of the locations are candidates for permanent curb extensions and are being explored for upgrades.

Cost

Cost-benefit analysis

Transportation Services did not conduct a cost-benefit analysis and does not typically conduct this type of study for similar projects. Rather, Transportation Services has been provided City Council direction to implement new bikeways in order to achieve the goals within the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – with a goal to eliminate serious injury and death, and TransformTO: Toronto Climate Action Strategy – which target’s 75% of all trips under 5 km to be on foot, bike or transit by 2030.

Project cost

Toronto City Council approved the Bloor West Complete Street Extension project as part of its June 2023 meeting. The installation of Phase 1 of the Bloor West Complete Street Extension was awarded through the City of Toronto’s Bid Award Panel on July 26, 2023, to the lowest bidder on a Request for Quotation basis. The process followed all Council-approved procurement and cost-control bylaws and policies. The project is being installed using a Supply, Installation, Maintenance and Warranty contract. The total value of the contract is $3,131,905, net of all applicable taxes and charges. The total project budget for both phases is estimated at about $4,500,000.

Routes and the Cycling Network

Alternative route considerations

Bloor Street West between Runnymede Road and Resurrection Road was prioritized in the Cycling Network Plan’s Near-Term Implementation program (2022-2024) endorsed by City Council in December 2021. Bloor Street West is one of the City’s Major City-Wide Cycling Routes. Please see the prioritization framework and maps of prioritization considerations.

Environmental impacts

Environmental impacts due to traffic

Motor vehicle trips are the greatest local source of air pollution emitted in Toronto. Research conducted for the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy states that traffic-related air pollution and its health effects will be improved with increased active transportation infrastructure and transit ridership.

Accessibility

Improving accessibility and serving people with disabilities

Accessibility is a priority in all street design. The Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension prioritizes accessibility through Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act upgrades and improvements at intersections, new dedicated accessible loading zones and raised platforms to service Wheel-Trans and accessible taxis, and new or maintained accessible parking spaces. It also makes the street safer for people cycling who have disabilities by providing a protected space for cycling.

Designs

Parking lane, bike lane and vehicle lane widths

The Bloor West Complete Street Extension project design follows the City’s Lane Width Guidelines and On-Street Bikeway Design Guidelines in the determination of lane widths. General design practices within the City of Toronto and elsewhere aim to reduce lane widths to reduce vehicle speeds and its safety benefits. Lane widths for active transportation users are, in comparison, preferred to be wide enough to support snow clearing, provide opportunities to pass safely within the lane and to give additional operating space to users with the least physical protection.

Concrete curbs and bollards are placed within buffers between the cycle track and the motor vehicle traffic or parking lanes. Concrete curbs cannot be installed into the concrete gutters that sometimes separates former parking lay-bys from the rest of the road. Where a gutter runs along the edge of the bikeway (previously the parking lay-by), the curbs are installed on either the roadside or sidewalk side of the concrete gutter. Each location with a former parking lay-by was reviewed considering the ability for the painted buffer to straddle the concrete gutter, so that it is visible to all road users. If straddling is not feasible, then the painted buffer and the curb were placed entirely on one side of the gutter. Where not feasible, the side chosen was based on the specific location and the general lane width guidelines and practices described above.

Enforcement

Enforcement is the responsibility of the Toronto Police Service and parking enforcement officers. Concerns around behaviour of road users should be brought to their attention. The project team works with TPS’ Traffic Services and their Parking Enforcement Officers before project implementation and afterwards if issues arise.

Red bus lanes and reduced loading between Armadale Avenue and Jane Street

The north side of Bloor Street West between Armadale Avenue and Jane Street is critical to TTC operations. Three regular service routes and one express service route occupy this space during the daytime. In the peak periods, it is common that the TTC runs more than 20 buses per hour in the peak periods from 6-9 am and 4-7 pm. Operating buses in mixed traffic would reduce the TTC’s ability to move tens of thousands of customers per day. This design reduced the ability of businesses on the block to accept and make deliveries adjacent to their properties. There is loading space across the street, as well as on the north side east of Armadale Avenue. Passengers being picked up or dropped off can do so from the “No Standing” zones on Armadale Avenue (east side, north of Bloor Street West) and Jane Street (eastside, north of Bloor Street West). Other loading options are being explored to support businesses on this block.

Changes to Bloor Street West include materials that can be installed quickly, such as bollards, roadway paint, planters and signage. No major road reconstruction is planned.

Upgrades to Phases 1 and 2 are planned for 2024 and 2025. These include pedestrian safety improvements at intersections, a new sidewalk along the Park Lawn Cemetery and traffic signal upgrades.

Installation of Phase 2, Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road, will begin May 21, 2024

Phase 1, Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent, was installed in 2023.

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Changes since installation

Since the start of installation in September 2023, the City of Toronto has been monitoring feedback from community representatives, businesses and the public, including feedback on potential changes to the design and installation. This feedback is reviewed, compared with technical considerations and includes site observation before changes are made. The following changes have been implemented as a result of feedback received after installation:

  • Added a commercial Loading Zone east of Durie Street on the south side of Bloor Street West
  • Widened parking lay-bys in The Kingsway Business Improvement Area (BIA) that were installed narrower than designed
  • Signage adjustments along the corridor and side streets based on comments received from the BIAs and residents
  • Removal of dashed painted lines in The Kingsway intersection to improve understanding of vehicle lane alignments for turning drivers
  • Removal of Right-Turn-on-Red restriction at Old Mill Trail and Aberfoyle Crescent/Gardenvale Road in response to TTC feedback
  • Adding additional orange and black barrels and other temporary measures during construction to help people adjust to the new configuration
  • Adjustments to pavement markings, curbs and bollards to improve access to driveways

Changes as a result of public consultation

In winter 2023, public and stakeholder consultation on the Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension project began to introduce the project and identify the different priorities and needs of businesses, members of the public, and other key stakeholders. This round of consultation identified a contrast between community members who are highly supportive of a complete streets approach and the proposed cycling facilities, and community members who have concerns about traffic congestion impacts with the proposed changes.

The project team reviewed comments and identified actionable comments that can be incorporated into design or operational changes for this project. The June 2023 Project Update provides a summary of comments that were incorporated and information on the changes from what was previously been presented.

Phase 2: Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road

The following documents are the draft roll plans for Phase 2 of the Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension. The legend for the roll plans can be found below.

Please note that the roll plans are large files and may take time to load. In addition, the roll plans are not accessibility compliant – if you require assistance please contact us.

Phase 1: Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent

The following documents are the final roll plans for Phase 1 of the Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension. The legend for the roll plans can be found below.

Please note that the roll plans are large files and may take time to load. In addition, the roll plans are not accessibility compliant – if you require assistance please contact us.

Legend: 

As part of the design process, the project team reviewed potential locations for new commercial and accessible loading zones. These locations were identified in consultation with Business Improvements Areas and Wheel-Trans, and informed by pick-up/drop-off demand data along the corridor, Wheel-Trans guidelines and Complete Streets Guidelines. The table below summarizes the locations of both existing and new accessible and commercial loading zones on Bloor Street West.

If you would like to request a new loading zone on Bloor Street West, please email: bloorcompletestreet@toronto.ca.

Location on Bloor Street West Loading Zone Type New or Existing Loading Zone
North Side (Westbound)
Midblock between Avenue Beresford and Runnymede Road Accessible New
Midblock between Willard Avenue and Windermere Avenue Commercial New
West of Willard Avenue Accessible New
West of Royal York Road Commercial New
South Side (Eastbound)
East of Cosmo Road Accessible Existing
West of Elsfield Road Accessible New (previously signed for accessible parking)
~60 m east of Riverside Drive South Accessible New
Midblock between Jane Street and Armadale Avenue Accessible New
Midblock between Willard Avenue and Windermere Avenue Commercial New
Midblock between Windermere Avenue and Durie Street North Accessible + Commercial New

 

 

The City monitors and reports on its Complete Street projects in ways that are specific to each project context and users. Additionally, it takes time for people to adjust their travel habits to the changes along the Bloor Street West corridor.

For the Bloor West Complete Street Extension, and within the first year following the installation, the City will:

  • Observe new travel behaviour along the corridor;
  • Conduct new traffic, speeding and travel time counts on Bloor Street West;
  • Monitor traffic volumes on nearby streets, including, but not limited to: Beresford Avenue, Colbeck Street, Edgemore Drive, Glenroy Avenue, Greenview Boulevard, Jackson Avenue, King Georges Road, Leland Avenue, Meadowvale Drive, Morningside Avenue, Riverside Drive, The Kingsway, Traymore Crescent, Wendover Road and Willingdon Boulevard;
  • Work with partners to report on any changes in emergency response times;
  • Conduct counts of people cycling;
  • Proceed with upgrades and adjustment such as traffic signal infrastructure and signal timing; changing pavement markings, curbs and bollards; and rebuilding some sidewalks and curb extensions to better meet project goals; and,
  • Continue to collect, record and respond to public feedback.

After the first year of installation, City staff will analyze the monitoring data; a monitoring and evaluation update will be posted to the project webpage when data analysis is complete.

The traffic study summarizes the vehicular traffic analysis; however, traffic studies are only one type of analysis that informs the design of complete street projects. Complete street projects aim to balance the needs of different types of road users and to promote the safety of vulnerable road users, including people cycling and pedestrians.

In addition to vehicular traffic, other transportation modes are monitored in the traffic study. Monitoring data also includes information about the volume of pedestrians and people cycling.

The purpose of the traffic study is to:

  • Improve traffic operations and road user safety within the context of Complete Street objectives; and,
  • Optimize traffic signal timing, including left/right turn arrows, green time, and improving flow from one traffic light to another.

Major considerations in the traffic study include:

  • Reducing conflicts between drivers and vulnerable road users;
  • Prioritizing the movement of TTC vehicles and reducing their delay entering and exiting stations; and,
  • Balancing east-west travel demand with north-south travel demand to serve all road users as efficiently as possible.

Public consultation took place between January and May 2023 to introduce the project to the community and identify overall needs and priorities. The consultation report linked below provides a detail summary of all activities that took place and feedback received through each.

Consultation Materials

Roll Plans

Please note that the roll plans are large files and may take time to load. In addition, the roll plans are not accessibility compliant – if you require assistance please contact us.

In addition to the consultation efforts lead by the project team, Councillor Morley has organized additional opportunities to share project information including virtual events.

Business Delivery Survey

The City recognizes that spaces for loading and deliveries are critical for the operation of businesses and organizations. To help inform the design of the project, the City engaged with businesses and property owners to understand loading demands and requirements along Bloor Street West within the project area (Runnymede Road to Resurrection Road) through a Business Delivery Survey.

 

The following stop modifications were identified alongside TTC stakeholders, with consideration for the TTC surface stop spacing guidelines.

TTC bus routes 66 – Prince Edward and 300 – Bloor-Danforth Night Bus will be impacted by these changes.

The table below summarizes changes, including the removal of, relocation of, shifting of, or new stops, made to TTC bus stops along this section of Bloor Street West. All other stop locations will be maintained.

TTC Bus Stop Modifications:

Stop Location on Bloor Street West New or Existing Stop Updates
Westbound
Jackson Avenue Existing Removed
Kingsmill Drive Existing Relocated to west of The Kingsway
Old Mill Road Existing Relocated to west of The Kingsway
Riverside Drive Existing Relocated to new stop at Traymore Crescent
Traymore Crescent NEW New stop
2500 Bloor Street West Existing Relocated to new stop at Traymore Crescent
Eastbound
Grenview Boulevard Existing Removed
Kingscourt Drive Existing Removed
Old Mill Trail Existing Shifted 20m to the west
Riverside Drive Existing Relocated to new stop at Brule Terrace
Brule Terrace NEW New stop
Mossom Road Existing Shifted 20m to the east

Corridor map of Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension

Map of Bloor Street West Complete Street Extension project corridor. Phase 1, Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent, is planned to be installed in 2023 and Phase 2, Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road, is planned to be installed in 2024.

 

Summary of Changes: Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent

The following road safety improvements and complete street elements were installed along Bloor Street West from Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent as part of phase 1.

  • New cycle tracks with physical separation on both sides.
  • One motor vehicle lane removed in each direction.
  • Centre median maintained between Kingscourt Drive and Royal York Road, and a new painted median over the Humber River and the Mimico Creek bridges.
  • Existing turn lanes at major intersections maintained between Prince Edward Drive and Aberfoyle Crescent.
  • Centre lane or median converted to new, centre left-turn lane from Armadale Avenue to South Kingsway; Old Mill Drive to Riverside Drive; Old Mill Trail and Kingscourt Drive; and Royal York Road and Aberfoyle Crescent.
  • Westbound bus lane and right-turn lane on the north side of Bloor Street West from Armadale Avenue to Jane Street.
  • On-street parking retained on both sides of the street from Runnymede Road to Armadale Avenue, and in existing parking lay-bys from Armadale Avenue to Aberfoyle Crescent. In the summer, on-street parking can become cafés beside the sidewalk as part of the CaféTO program.
  • One painted pedestrian lane on the south side between Kingscourt Drive and Prince Edward Drive to address the existing sidewalk gap before a permanent sidewalk can be built.

Summary of Changes: South Kingsway Intersection

The intersection of Bloor Street West, South Kingsway, Riverview Gardens and Mossom Road was reviewed for ways to improve safety and optimize traffic flow. Phase 1, including the following intersection improvements was installed in 2023 to increase safety:

  • New cycle tracks and removal of one motor vehicle lane per direction on Bloor Street West.
  • Close the eastern entrance of Mossom Road. Mossom Road would be converted to two-way travel to provide residential access. A new left-turn lane would be provided at Riverside Drive and the existing left-turn restriction from Bloor Street West would be removed.
  • Extend the left-turn lanes for drivers turning from Bloor Street West onto South Kingsway and/or Jane Street.
  • Add more green signal time for the busiest motor vehicle movements.

Additional consultation on long-term options is planned for Fall 2024.

Summary of Proposed Changes: Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road

The following road safety improvements and complete street elements will be installed along Bloor Street West from Aberfoyle Crescent to Resurrection Road as part of phase 2. Phase 2 is planned to be installed in 2024.

  • New cycle tracks with physical separation on both sides.
  • One motor vehicle lane removed in the eastbound direction.
  • Centre left-turn lane between Aberfoyle Crescent and Green Lanes.

Since 2016, protected bikeways have been installed in phases along Bloor St. In 2016, the Bloor Bike Lanes were installed as a pilot project from Avenue Road to Shaw Street. Following an evaluation of the pilot project, City Council approved a permanent installation of the cycle tracks in 2017. In fall 2019, the City carried out consultation on the Bloor West Bikeway Extension from Shaw Street to Runnymede Avenue. Cycle tracks were installed on this segment of Bloor Street West in 2020 and 2021.

The current Cycling Network Near-Term Implementation Program was adopted for 2022-2024, which includes The Bloor St W Complete Street Extension.

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