The City of Toronto is proposing changes on Gerrard Street East between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street, as part of scheduled 2023 road reconstruction and to fulfill the City’s commitment the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. The City is also exploring changes to Gerrard Street East between Parliament Street and Blackburn Street, as part of the on-going redevelopment of Regent Park.
With both road reconstruction between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street and private redevelopment efforts in Regent Park, there is a unique opportunity to upgrade the roadway, improve the streetscape, and include other enhancements to the public realm.
The City is also in tandem exploring future opportunities to improve safety and accessibility for all road users between Parliament Street and St. Matthew’s Road and Blackburn Street. Changes may include:
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The project will engage stakeholders, including businesses, resident groups, and community organizations along Gerrard Street, between Sherbourne Street and St Matthew’s Road and Blackburn Street.
The virtual public meeting was held on May 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm.
Please note that although the formal consultation period is now closed, you may still email Dominic.Cobran3@toronto.ca for questions, clarifications and other updates. A report of public consultation activities can be found under the ‘project updates’ tab of this webpage.
Complete Streets – Complete streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all users: people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities, and stormwater management.
Road Reconstruction– This is the primary scope of this complete street project. It will include reconstruction of the roadway pavement and sidewalks. The overhaul of the current road infrastructure presents the city with a unique opportunity to include other improvements in the scope of work, including:
Watermain Replacement – The City will replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street. Coordination of this replacement with the road reconstruction allows for minimized cost and disruption to the community.
Widened Sidewalks – Current sidewalks are 1.4 to 1.7 metres wide, and the passable space is only 1.0 m wide at some constrained locations. The City is proposing to widen sidewalks to 2.1 metres where possible to meet the City’s standard outlined in Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines or absolute minimum 1.5 metres to meet the Province’s Accessibility Regulations. The widened sidewalks allow for simultaneous passage of two persons using mobility devices (e.g. a wheelchair).
Curb Extensions – Curb extensions visually and physically narrow the roadway, creating safer and shorter crossings for pedestrians while increasing the available space for street furniture, benches, plantings, and street trees. They may be implemented on downtown, neighborhood, and residential streets, both large and small.
Curb Radii Reductions – Curb radii reductions reduce angled corners at intersections, improving road safety, as crossing distances for pedestrians and vehicles making turns is reduced, thereby reducing the possibility of collisions. They also help to slow down right turning vehicles.
Raised Crosswalk– Raised crosswalks are being proposed at all un-signalized intersections. This will increase driver awareness of crosswalks and will require them to slow down. It can also improve the visibility of people walking and also reduce build-up of water and other elements at intersections. A dedicated crossing area for people cycling is also proposed to run parallel to pedestrian crossings.
Crossride– A crossride is dedicated space at an intersection, identified by unique pavement markings, for cyclists to legally ride their bicycle through an intersection without dismounting. A crossride may appear alongside a pedestrian crosswalk as a separate facility.
Layby Parking – The proposed design includes area of dedicated layby parking. Some of the dedicated space will allow for loading and unloading of TTC’s Wheel Trans buses making it easier to access community spaces such as the Toronto Public Library or the Yonge Street Mission Davis Centre.
Bi-Directional Cycle Track- This is being proposed along the corridor from Sherbourne Street to Parliament Street. The bi-directional cycle tracks will be separated from sidewalks and vehicular traffic to provide safety for all users on the street.
Left Turn Queue Boxes – Staff are proposing to add this safety measure for people cycling at the intersection of Gerrard Street East and Sherbourne Street. This feature allows people cycling to wait and observe traffic signal instructions in a space separate from other road users.
Protected Island Design – Raised concrete islands are proposed to physically separate cyclists from vehicles at Sherbourne Street intersection.
Green Infrastructure – Green infrastructure is the natural vegetative systems and green technologies that collectively provide the street with a multitude of economic, environmental, health and social benefits. This can be in the form of permeable pavement, bio-retention planters and rain gardens to name a few, These elements will not only enhance the streetscape, but also acts as a safety feature by separating the cycle track from motor vehicle travel lanes and sidewalks.
Mixed-Use Shared Street – Shared Streets are most often found in areas supported by a high level of pedestrian activity, usually in mixed-use areas in the Downtowns and Centres but can also be found in residential neighbourhoods. Shared Streets are streets that blend and blur the spaces and zones of the street – sometimes designed without curbs. Different modes share the space together, but pedestrians typically have the highest priority. This is one scenario being considered for the Anniversary Park connection across the Gerrard Street East slip lane on the north side of the park.
Future Cycling Connections – The proposed design will connect to future north/south cycling routes along Sumach Street and/or Sackville Street from Wellesley Street to Shuter Street. Although these future cycling facilities are not part of the current project scope, the proposed design would help facilitate these connections to create a more robust cycling network in the area.
Want to be added to the project list? Please email Dominic Cobran, Senior Coordinator at Dominic.Cobran3@toronto.ca