City staff will present recommendations for this project to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) meeting on March 29, 2022. A copy of the staff report is available under IEC agenda item IE28.7. Members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to the Committee by contacting the Administrator at 416-392-4666 or iec@toronto.ca by 4:30 p.m. before March 28, 2022.

 

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.

Upcoming Dates

Date Details
February 28, 2022 Public feedback deadline
March 14, 2022 Consultation report posted
March/April 2022 Report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee & City Council
Summer/Fall 2022 Installation

Infrastructure and Environment Committee

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.

How to Participate

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 iec@toronto.ca 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 iec@toronto.ca. 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

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.

Map showing the location of the proposed two-way cycle track, which is Knox Avenue, between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
The proposed two-way cycle track is on Knox Avenue, between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East, and will connect to the contra-flow lanes north of Eastern Avenue.

Design Details

  • Proposed two-way cycle track on the west side to eliminate conflicts at Canada Post driveways and service road.
  • Cycle track is proposed to be physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by a cast-in-place curb/median and at the same level as the street.
  • The west side sidewalk is proposed to be widened.
  • New road base and surface for people driving and cycling.
Existing conditions on Knox Avenue, showing two-way motor vehicle lanes
Existing conditions on Knox Avenue, looking north.
Proposed conditions on Knox Avenue, showing two-way cycle tracks to the west of two-way motor vehicle lanes
Proposed conditions on Knox Avenue, looking north.

Examples of Street Level Cycle Tracks

A group of people cycling one way in a cycle track, while a person cycling with a child bike seat going in the opposite direction.
Wellesley Street two-way street level cycle track.
Two people cycling in a cycle track on Wellesley Street, near Bay Street.
Cast-in-place curb separation on Wellesley Street near Bay Street.

Transition at Eastern Avenue

Aerial view of the cycling connection at Wellesley Street and Queens Park Crescent
Example of proposed transition, similar to what’s at Wellesley Street/Queens Park Crescent
  • Two-way cycle track on Knox Avenue, south of Eastern Avenue, will need to transition to one-way bikeways on the north side of Eastern Avenue.
  • A bike crossing on the south side of the intersection will provide a transition for people cycling northbound to cross to the east side of Knox Avenue to continue in the contra-flow lane north of Eastern Avenue.

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