The City of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by making our roads safer for everyone, especially vulnerable road users such as seniors, school children, and people walking and cycling.

State-of-good-repair work, including sewer and watermain replacements, road resurfacing, and road reconstruction, are scheduled in Kensington Market in 2024 and 2025.

Map of the Kensington Safe Streets project area, highlighting the Kensington Market area

Improvements are recommended on the following streets within the Kensington Market area:

  • Augusta Avenue
  • Baldwin Street, from Augusta Avenue to Spadina Avenue
  • Kensington Avenue
  • Nassau Street, from Bellevue Avenue to Augusta Avenue
  • Oxford Street, from Augusta Avenue to Ellen Avenue
  • Andrew Street

Phase 2 Consultation

A Virtual Public Event was held on Monday, July 18, 2022.

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Phase 1 Consultation

A Virtual Public Event was held on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

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Project Goals

  1. Improve safety and accessibility for everyone
  2. Maintain access to all businesses, services and residences

Proposed Street Design Principles

The following principles are developed based on previous input and engagement with local residents, businesses, and stakeholders. These principles helped to inform the preliminary design work.

Streets are public spaces

While streets are locations for movement, they are also vital public spaces for people.

Streets can transform

Many streets were built and designed in a different era and need to be reconfigured to meet current and future needs.

Design for safety

Streets should be designed so that people walking, shopping, cycling, parking, loading and driving can cross paths safely.

Streets are ecosystems

Well-designed streets act to connect human-made systems and natural systems, and can help increase green space, create shade, manage stormwater and flood risks.

Pedestrianization of Kensington Market

As construction for this project is now scheduled to begin in 2024, the City is exploring more extensive changes that would make the streets in the market safer for road users.

While there are safety benefits to limiting street access to only non-vehicular traffic, the City also needs to consider the accessibility and loading needs of residents and businesses in the market. The City is currently reviewing the design to see if street closures are possible.

Neighbourhood Character

The top priority of Kensington Safe Streets is to improve road safety without significantly changing the character of the neighbourhood. The City recognizes the uniqueness of Kensington Market and the community’s desire to preserve the welcoming and accessible character of the neighbourhood.

There are opportunities to make the streets safer through physical improvements such as curb extensions, bump-outs and the creation of shared streets. Additionally, there are opportunities to make the streets more climate-resilient by planting more trees and using more permeable materials for the road and/or sidewalk to reduce stormwater run-off. The project team is seeking public input on these opportunities during the consultation process.

Dedicated Cycling Facilities

The streets within the project scope are not part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan. Implementing dedicated cycling facilities would take up more space than what is available on the road to accommodate all uses. However, safer designs of intersections, such as bump-outs and curb radii reductions, will lower vehicle speeds, increase visibility between all users and make it safer for cyclists and drivers to share the road.

Loading Spaces

Loading and delivery spaces are already very limited within the market area and the City recognizes businesses need them for their operations. The project team is proposing dedicated loading-only areas wherever possible throughout the market to accommodate these needs.

Permit Parking

There are currently a limited number of on-street permit parking spaces for residents in Kensington Market (i.e. spaces for ‘6c’ permit holders, not Toronto Parking Authority or ‘Green P’ spaces). During the first phase of public consultation, a majority of survey respondents indicated that amenities such as public space, bike parking and planting should be prioritized over on-street parking spaces. However, the City also recognizes the importance of permit parking spaces for residents who do not have private parking spaces or driveways. The project team will seek to strike a balance between different interests while prioritizing safety and minimizing the impact on residents.

Consultation

The City used a variety of public consultation activities to share information and invite residents, businesses and stakeholder groups to comment during the study. The first public meeting took place on October 28, 2021, and the second public meeting took place on July 18, 2022. The project team has received extensive feedback from the public and is now developing a revised plan to address key concerns and recommendations. The designs will be presented to the public for feedback during the third round of public consultation in 2023.

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