Knox Avenue, from Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard East, is scheduled for road reconstruction. The roadwork provides an opportunity to redesign this section of Knox Avenue and install a separated bikeway that would connect to the existing contra-flow lanes north of Eastern Avenue. Changes would improve safety for all road users.
As part of the City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Plan, this project connects gaps in the existing cycling network, better connecting people to places.
|February 28, 2022||Public feedback deadline|
|March 14, 2022||Consultation report posted|
|March/April 2022||Report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee & City Council|
The Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) will meet on March 29, 2022, to discuss the staff report, hear from the public and make recommendations to City Council (April 6 to 7).
A copy of the staff report is available on the Toronto City Council and Committees Meetings, Agendas and Minutes (TMMIS) web page.
Members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to the Committee by contacting the Infrastructure and Environment Committee Administrator at 416-392-4666 or email@example.com by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022, the day before the Committee meeting. Clearly indicate the project you are commenting on, as there are many projects to be discussed.
You can also submit comments by emailing the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Communications and public submissions will become part of the public record and will be listed in the legislative record of the meeting. To learn more about this process and how to participate, visit Have Your Say.
You may also send comments by mail:
Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Attn: Matthew Green
Toronto City Hall, Floor 10, West Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Public consultation was held between February 8 to 28, 2022. Feedback was received from members of the public through nine emails. Feedback was received from the two key stakeholders, the Canada Post’s South Central Letter Processing Plant, located at 969 Eastern Avenue, through one virtual meeting and follow-up emails, as well as Toronto Fire Services EMS Training Centre and Fire Station 326, located at 895 Eastern Avenue and 30 Knox Avenue, through email.
Overall, the proposed design received broad support from the respondents, with safety for all road users identified as a top priority for the project. Members of the public were appreciative of the safety upgrades, but also suggested additional improvements such as a raised cycle track instead of a street-level cycle track and better bicycle detectors at the Knox Avenue/Eastern Avenue intersection. Stakeholders were generally supportive of the proposed changes but were also concerned that encouraging more people to use Knox Avenue would also increase the risk of collisions since heavy trucks and emergency vehicles already use the roadway at all hours of the day. Both members of the public and stakeholders suggested installing signage and pavement markings to remind all road users to exercise caution, especially near the Toronto Fire Station 326 and Canada Post driveways.
While acknowledging this project as a welcome improvement, many people who cycle in the neighbourhood shared a desire for additional bikeway projects in the community to better connect Knox Avenue to the broader cycling network.
The proposed design will be refined through ongoing communications with Canada Post and Toronto Fire Services.
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