Stakeholder feedback and traffic impact analysis are currently informing changes to the proposed design. A comprehensive monitoring and data collection plan will also take place before staff report to IEC and City Council in the fall. A Project Update and Consultation Report from the last round of public consultation are available.
In 2014 City Council approved the Eglinton Connects Planning Study which articulated the long term vision for Eglinton Avenue following the introduction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Eglinton Connects envisioned a complete street and was based on three integrated themes of Travelling Eglinton, Greening Eglinton and Building Eglinton.
The eglintonTOday Complete Street project is an interim strategy that will achieve elements of the Eglinton Connects Vision and aims to make travel on Eglinton Avenue safer, more inviting, and attractive for everyone.
The project proposes to implement complete street features, including bikeways and public realm upgrades on Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street and Mount Pleasant Road, by reassigning the existing road space to accommodate vehicular traffic, parking, bikeways, seasonal patio extensions, art installations and other neighbourhood and cultural events.
This work is being coordinated with the Eglinton Crosstown station design and construction currently being delivered by Metrolinx.
Eglinton Avenue is a diverse and varied corridor. The first phase of the EglintonTOday Complete Street project extends along Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street in the west and Mount Pleasant Road in the east. Eglinton Avenue connects numerous unique neighbourhoods including Little Jamaica in the vibrant Eglinton West enclave between Allen Road and Keele Street, is home to more than six Business Improvement Areas and has strategic connections with the natural valley systems, ravines and trails of the larger city and region.
A later second phase will be programmed to explore complete street changes to Eglinton Avenue between Mount Pleasant Road and Brentcliffe Road.
The proposed complete street design below is currently under review to incorporate stakeholder feedback. Design changes will be shared publicly before reporting to City Council for approval.
The City is proposing road safety improvements, new bikeways, and enhanced streetscaping. Changes vary throughout the corridor depending on existing roadway width, but typical sections will include the following:
The proposed changes for the section between Keele Street to Caledonia Road include:
The proposed changes for the section between Caledonia Road to Oakwood Avenue include:
The proposed changes for the section between Oakwood Avenue to Bathurst Street include:
The proposed changes for the section between Bathurst Street to Mount Pleasant Road include:
The proposed changes for Croham Road between Eglinton Avenue and Bowie Avenue includes contra-flow bike lanes that would expand the local cycling network and connect to Eglinton Avenue, the York Beltline Trail and the new Caledonia LRT station. Details include:
The proposed changes for Glen Cedar Road between Eglinton Avenue and Strathearn Road include contra-flow bike lanes on the one-way section of Glen Cedar Road and installation of shared bike lanes for the two-way section of Glen Cedar Road that would expand the local cycling network to connect Eglinton Avenue to important cycle routes south of Cedarvale Ravine. Design changes are also being considered to maintain the current two turning lanes at the North end of Glen Cedar Road.
The proposed changes for Jimmy Wisdom Way between Eglinton Avenue and Hopewell Avenue include contra-flow bike lanes, and upgrades at the signalized intersection at Eglinton Avenue and Northcliffe Boulevard that would expand the local cycling network and connect to Eglinton Avenue, and the York Beltline Trail.
The City hosted two public drop-in events on February 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on February 25, 2023, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the public were provided with an opportunity to view the project information panels, rolls plans and speak with members of the project team one-on-one. An online feedback form was also made available from February 7 to March 7, 2023.
Business owners and organizations along Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street and Mount Pleasant Road were invited to complete an online survey about their loading and delivery requirements. The survey was open for comment from October 20 to November 18. Results from the survey will help inform the design of the eglintonTOday Complete Street project.
Local organizations including Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and resident and community groups were invited to attend site walks this fall to provide feedback on proposed changes.
Existing Condition Evaluation: Survey Report
An intercept survey gathered on-site community feedback to understand people’s perspectives on the existing conditions along Eglinton Avenue to inform the complete street design. The City contracted the Centre for Active Transportation and Park People to conduct the survey, with peer review by transportation academics, to gain insights from a broad and representative cross section of people using Eglinton Avenue. From September 24-29, 2022, a team of experts and paid urban planning and civil engineering student volunteers conducted a total of 685 surveys equally across five segments of Eglinton Avenue from Keele Street to Mount Pleasant Road.
Of the survey participants, 44% of people arrived by foot, 34% by transit, 19% by car, and 2% by bike. Findings show that reliance on transit is higher for lower income and racialized respondents, highlighting the importance of transit as an equity issue. Although only 2% of respondents arrived by bike, 47% of all respondents reported that with the upcoming LRT and complete street improvements they anticipate changing the mode of transportation they use to get to Eglinton Avenue. Of these, 41% anticipate that they would switch to transit and 38% anticipated a switch to cycling.
The City hosted a virtual public meeting on June 22, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Members of the public were invited to provide feedback and ask questions. Public consultation was conducted online, by phone and by mail. The meeting was attended by over 200 participants.
Project team members hosted in-person summer events to share information about the eglintonTOday project at the following locations:
Stakeholder groups who could be impacted by the project will be invited to provide feedback throughout the project and represented a variety of interests including residents, businesses, institutions, and road users among others.
The project team met with stakeholders on May 18, 2022, to introduce the project and receive initial input.
The project team met with stakeholders on February 2, 2023, to introduce the project and receive initial input.
Public consultation is an important element of the study. You will have opportunities for input at key stages throughout the project. Information about future public consultation events will be distributed by mail and posted here.
If you have questions or comments, or would like to receive email project updates, please contact us at 416-338-7755 or subscribe to the project email.
Metrolinx construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) is well underway. The 19-kilometre LRT facility follows Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road in the west and the Kennedy subway station in the east.
Eglinton Connects was a comprehensive Planning Study undertaken from 2012 to 2014, with final Decisions of the Tribunal by 2018. The resulting Eglinton Connects Plan included a redesign of the streetscape along the Crosstown corridor through an Environmental Assessment. The streetscape redesign and Eglinton Connects Plan, including cycle tracks, is being implemented through streetscape updates via the Crosstown construction, including:
From 2017 to 2019, a detailed analysis was undertaken regarding the property-specific implications of implementation of the Eglinton Connects streetscape. For example, there are existing encroachments in the right of way, such as stairs, ramps, gardens, and walls. Rather than impacting property owners at significant expense to the City, staff determined it would be best to achieve the overall Eglinton Connects streetscape over the longer term (e.g. in part through redevelopment) and through less invasive measures.
In December 2019, City Council directed staff to develop a strategy to accelerate design work of streetscape improvements along Eglinton Avenue, including cycle tracks, to align with the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The eglintonTOday Complete Street project includes quick and actionable changes that can transform Eglinton Avenue into a complete street that will support and complement the transit corridor. This will also achieve the intent of the Eglinton Connects streetscape, with the full streetscape to be achieved over the long term.
The Federal Government has also provided funding for the Eglinton Connects Streetscape and Cycle Track project though the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).
May – July 2022
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