Phase 2 of Installation (Queen Street East to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail) is expected to be completed by the end of Spring/Summer 2022.

 

As part of the next steps for the Quiet Streets Program on Woodfield Road and Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard, the City of Toronto will:

  • install a contra-flow bicycle on one-way segments to allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor so they can easily connect between popular cycling routes on Danforth Avenue, Dundas Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard
  • improve wayfinding and signage along the route
  • install new traffic signals at Gerrard Street, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to improve walking and cycling safety and connections
  • limit parking and motor vehicle impacts

This work is part of the City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for cycling routes across the City. Consultation on this project took place in April 2021, with feedback received through two virtual public meetings, online feedback form and the local Councillor. The project was approved by City Council in June 2021.


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February 2022: Update on Phase 2 of Installation

Phase 2 of Installation is expected in Spring/Summer 2022, and a notice will be issued closer to installation to provide more details.

December 2021: Phase 1 of Installation

Phase 1 of Installation (Fairford Avenue to north of Queen Street) was completed between Fairford Avenue to north of Queen Street East:

  • Installation of sharrows (pavement markings) on Monarch Park Avenue (from Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue) and Woodfield Road (from the north end to Fairford Avenue)
  • Pedestrian crossover converted to traffic signal at Woodfield Road/Gerrard Street East
  • Addition of northbound bicycle signal heads at Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East
  • Updates and changes to signage
  • Changes to parking signage on Woodfield Road (from Gerrard Street East to Dundas Street East)
Car driving south on Woodfield Road at Dundas Street East, with a contra-flow bicycle lane in the opposite direction.
New northbound bicycle signal heads at Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East.
New sharrows in both directions on Monarch Park Avenue north of Walpole Avenue
New sharrows (pavement markings) on Monarch Park Avenue, just north of Walpole Avenue.

 

June 2021: Report to City Council

Motions moved by Councillor Fletcher (6:08:06); Voting on motions (Motion 3a: 6:10:10; Motion 3b: 6:10:31); Voting on amendments (6:10:55)

On June 9, 2021, following additional feedback from local residents received after IEC, City Council adopted the following amendment moved by Councillor Fletcher:

  • amend the contra-flow bicycle lane, traffic and parking regulations required to change to the direction of motor vehicle traffic on Woodfield Road from the current southbound condition to northbound between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street East, maintaining the current condition of on-street parking on the east side.

This was presented as Alternate 3 during the consultation period.

Also, as a result of overall feedback throughout the consultation process, City Council has directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to:

  • consider implementing additional safety measures to protect cyclists from heavy trucks on Woodfield Road, south of Eastern Avenue, including further consultation with Canada Post and other community stakeholders
  • consider additional measures to ensure pedestrian safety in Monarch Park
  • consider additional measures, potentially including turn restrictions or physical modifications to discourage cut-through traffic on Woodfield Road

May 2021: Report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee

Deputations (pre-recess: 2:39:23; post-recess: 4:01:31; last deputant: 4:45:30); Questions of staff (4:39:51); Speakers & motions (4:52:52); Voting on items (5:22:16)

On May 25, 2021, the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) of City Council endorsed Item IE22.11 – Cycling Network Plan – 2021 Cycling Infrastructure Installation – Second Quarter Update and Missing Link Sidewalk Program – 2021 Local Road Sidewalk Installation, which included:

  • installing a contra-flow bicycle lane on one-way segments to allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor
  • remove existing pedestrian crossovers at Gerrard Street East, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue/Connaught Avenue and replace with new traffic signals at Gerrard Street East, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to improve walking and cycling safety and connections

Item IE22.11 was moved to the June meeting of City Council for consideration.

April 2021: Public Consultation

Virtual Public Meetings

The City hosted two Virtual Public Meetings on April 14 and 15, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meetings were attended by 21 and 39 participants respectively.

View the Information Panels presented during the meetings.

What We Heard

Project notification was communicated through 9,900 unaddressed flyer notices, 53 addressed letters to residents between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, and 26 emails sent to known stakeholder groups. Questions and comments were received from 60 participants over two (2) virtual public meetings on April 14 and 15, 2021; 267 respondents to an online feedback form; 37 individuals by email and 5 people by phone.

From the feedback form, 79 per cent of respondents support or accept the overall project, including a majority of residents who live on the streets. For the options on Woodfield Road, between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, Alternative 2 (Switch Parking to West Side) received the most support. The community is generally supportive of the proposed cycling infrastructure and crossing upgrades. Concerns raised include the possibility of an increase in non-local traffic, perceived dangers to pedestrians from people cycling, and possible exacerbation of existing on-street parking and loading challenges.

An online petition in opposition to the project was also received, although the associated names or addresses of signatories had not been provided at the time this report was finalized. The petition raises concerns about Woodfield Road between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue and the loss of four parking spaces and unregulated loading along the street. The proposal retains as much parking as possible along the street and results in the loss of four parking spaces. Loading in the contra-flow bicycle lane would not be allowed, but delivery operators would be able to utilize side streets and the remaining parking on Woodfield Road.

Read the full Consultation Summary Report.

Project area map showing proposed improvements on Woodfield Road and Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard.

Project Goals

  • Build on the feedback and experience of the 2020 Quiet Streets Program to improve conditions for people walking and cycling and lower vehicular speed.
  • Allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor so they can easily connect between popular cycling routes on Danforth Avenue, Dundas Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard. This will improve comfort for people cycling and promote the use of bicycles for short neighbourhood trips.
  • Maintain local access for people driving and minimize impact to on-street parking.
  • Fulfill City-adopted plans and policies, including Vision Zero, the Cycling Network Plan and TransformTO.

Supporting Safety Projects

  • Official Plan Goals
    • Make Toronto a “walking city” and bring all Toronto residents within 1 km of a designated cycling route.
  • Road to Health: Healthy Toronto by Design
    • Increased physical activity is associated with reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
  • Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
    • Fatalities and serious injuries on our roads are preventable, and we must strive to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries to zero by prioritizing the safety of our most vulnerable road users
  • TransformTO: Climate Action Strategy
    • Targets 75 per cent of trips under 5 km are walked or cycled by 2050.
  • Complete Streets Guidelines
    • Streets are for people, placemaking and prosperity. Complete Streets consider all modes, prioritize safety and balance the needs to move people and goods while recognizing streets as places.
  • Reduce reliance on motor vehicles
    • Providing alternatives to driving allows for roadways to be used more efficiently and for users who have no choice (e.g. emergency, deliveries)
  • Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to ride
    • The majority of people rate themselves as “interested by concerned” about cycling and will do so if bikeways feel safe.

Selecting a Bikeway for Woodfield-Monarch Park

The City of Toronto’s draft design guidelines set 75 cars in the peak hour as the maximum for a shared lane.

Based on the speed and volume of traffic, a shared lane for people cycling and driving is appropriate. The preferred bikeway type for Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue is Neighbourhood Greenway.

The peak volumes and 8-hour volumes do not exceed the thresholds of vehicle volumes, so additional traffic diversion is not recommended.

Average Counts Woodfield-Monarch Park Existing Volumes Neighbourhood Greenway Volume Thresholds
Peak Hour Motor Vehicles 30–75 vehicles 75 vehicles
Cycling
(over 8-hours)
70–120 cycling trips (20–30% of total traffic) Would like to increase volume to 40–50% of total traffic
Vehicles
(over 8-hours)
200–400 vehicles Less than 750 vehicles

Cycling Network Plan

Map of Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue project area.
Map of the Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue project area as part of the Near-Term Cycling Implementation Program for 2019–21.

Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue was identified in the Council-adopted Cycling Network Plan as a north-south route, planned for installation in the near term (2019–21).

This would include proposed contra-flow bicycle lanes on one-way sections of Woodfield Road and installation of traffic calming elements like painted bulb-outs, wayfinding and traffic signal upgrades at key locations.

Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Ave has been identified as a “Grow” project in the Cycling Network Plan Update. This project would grow the cycling network into new parts of the city.

Quiet Streets

From May to October 2020, Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue were designated as Quiet Streets. The ActiveTO Quiet Streets program created shared spaces to allow residents to maintain physical distancing while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Temporary signage and other measures were used to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the street could be a shared space that welcomed people who walk, run or bike.

At this time, City staff are proposing that instead of reintroducing the seasonal Quiets Streets program in 2021 or beyond, energy be refocused on programs that provide year-round improvements to local streets, such as this project.

A Quiet Street cement block used as a traffic barricade on The Esplanade Quiet Street featured a mural by artist Emily May Rose.
A Quiet Street cement block used as a traffic barricade on The
Esplanade Quiet Street featured a mural by artist Emily May Rose.
A group of people riding bikes on a Quiet Street in Toronto.
A group of people cycling down a Quiet Street in Toronto.

ActiveTO Quiet Streets Survey

The ActiveTO Quiet Streets Survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. There were over 700 unique responses on Woodfield Road-Monarch Park (Woodfield Avenue: 219 respondents; Monarch Park Avenue: 536 respondents).

According to those surveyed, Woodfield-Monarch Park was one of the highest-ranked routes for reducing vehicular speeds, improving physical distancing, and making people feel safer sharing the street. The feedback was very positive.

The most common feedback was concerns about non-local traffic.

Survey Question Woodfield Road
(percentage of survey respondents)
Monarch Park Avenue
(percentage of survey respondents)
Understood the intent of the program 95% 95%
Walking/jogging is main mode of travel 85% 88%
No exclusive access to outdoor space 13% 9%
Do not live/work on the Quiet Street 59% 76%
Perception of program influencing physical distancing 75% (agreed or strongly agreed) 81% (agreed or strongly agreed)
Perception of program providing safer shared street space 79% (agreed or strongly agreed) 78% (agreed or strongly agreed)

Motion Adopted at City Council

On April 7, 2021, City Council adopted the report, Active TO – Lessons Learned from 2020 and Next Steps for 2021.

Councillor Fletcher moved the motion, which requested the General Manager, Transportation Services, to implement, in consultation with the local Councillor, Quiet Streets on Monarch Park Avenue and Woodfield Road on a temporary basis until such time as cycling infrastructure is installed on those streets.

Crossing Upgrades

  • Woodfield Road/Gerrard Street East: Pedestrian crossover converted to traffic signal
  • Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East: Northbound bike signal heads added to traffic signal
  • Woodfield Road/Queen Street East: Pedestrian crossover converted to traffic signal
  • Woodfield Road/Eastern Avenue: Pedestrian crossover at Connaught Avenue (95 m spacing) relocated and new traffic signal installed

Where possible, the City will install traffic calming elements like painted curb extensions at intersections.

Monarch Park Avenue: Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue

Map of new design on Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue.

Design Details

  • Traffic signal provides good connection to cycle track on Danforth Avenue.
  • New sharrows (pavement markings) and wayfinding signage.
  • No changes to parking.

Monarch Park: Existing Connection

Map of existing connections at Monarch Park.

Design Details

  • Existing trail connects Monarch Park Avenue to Woodfield Road under rail corridor.
  • Pavement markings and wayfinding direct cyclists to the trail access at Gillard Avenue.

Woodfield Road: Monarch Park to Fairford Avenue

Map of new design on Monarch Park Avenue, from Monarch Park to Fairfield Avenue.
Cross-section of new design, looking north on Woodfield Road, from Fairford Avenue to Monarch Park.

Design Details

Woodfield Road: Fairford Avenue to Queen Street East

Map of new design on Woodfield Road, from Fairford Avenue to Queen Street East.
Cross-section of new design looking north on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Fairford Avenue.

Design Details

  • Northbound contra-flow bicycle lane added on the east side.
  • Wayfinding markings are in the southbound direction.
  • Parking on the west side at all times (no impact to parking spaces).
  • Permit parking hours remain unchanged.
  • No stopping permitted in contra-flow bicycle lane.

Woodfield Road: Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue

Map of Alternative 3 (switch to one-way northbound) on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue.
Map of new design (switch to one-way northbound) on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue.
Cross-section of new design (switch to one-way northbound) looking north on Woodfield Road, from Eastern Avenue to Queen Street East.

Design Details

Woodfield Road: Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail

Map of new design on Woodfield Road, from Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail.
Cross-section of new design looking north on Woodfield Road, from Lake Shore Trail to Eastern Avenue.

Design Details

  • Addition of minimum-width bike lanes in each direction.
  • Maintain 3.3 m lanes in each direction.
  • New path to connect to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail at south end of Woodfield Road.

Woodfield Road: Connection to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail

Map of the Woodfield Road connection to Lake Shore Trail. Maps Data: Google, © 2021 First Base Solutions, Maxar Technologies

Design Details

  • About 15 m section of new path and curb cut.
  • Similar connection at Knox Avenue, on the west side of Canada Post building.

Traffic Calming

Traffic calming is a term associated with physical features like discourage through traffic, lower speed and improve comfort levels for all road users. Traffic calming can include one-way street flips, curb extensions, speed humps and other elements.

Example of a painted bulb-out.
Example of traffic calming: a painted bulb-out. Photo: Eric Fischer/Twitter.

Contra-Flow Bicycle Lanes

Contra-flow bicycle lanes are bicycle lanes designed to allow people cycling to ride in the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic. They convert a one-way traffic street into a two-way street for people cycling: one direction for motor vehicles and bikes and the other for bikes only.

Two cyclists traveling on Denison Ave. One heading south in the shared travel lane and one heading north in the contra-flow bike lane
Example of a contra-flow bicycle lane: one cyclist heading south in the shared travel lane and one heading north in the contra-flow bicycle lane.

Bike Lanes

Designated bicycle lanes are a dedicated part of the roadway for the exclusive use of people cycling. Other road users may not lawfully drive, stand, stop or park in a designated bicycle lane.

Cyclist riding in a buffered bike lane
Example of a bike lane.

Shared Lanes

On low volume, residential streets shared lanes for people cycling and driving can be effective and can include signs, wayfinding pavement markings and other traffic calming to create comfortable cycling routes.

Example of a shared lane.