Lake Shore Cycle Track
The City of Toronto is planning a 1.4 km cycle track along Lake Shore Boulevard West from Norris Crescent to First Street, west of Mimico Waterfront Park in Etobicoke, Ward 6. The new cycle track will provide a safe connection for cyclists, and will close a gap in the Waterfront Trail.
Project Update – October 2017
As you may be aware, the City originally planned to construct the Cycle Track following the 2015-2016 Toronto Water Lake Shore Sanitary Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation, however this project was not completed until the end of October 2016. The construction of the cycle track was deferred to 2017 to allow Toronto Water more time to complete its work. A deferral also allowed for coordination with the TTC streetcar track replacement along Lake Shore Boulevard West, avoiding the potential increased costs of building temporary streetcar platforms and subsequently replacing them.
The TTC track work has been delayed due to site conditions, as outlined in Construction Update #4 that was distributed to local residents in September. It is anticipated that all track work will be completed by December 30th, 2017.
Now that the track work has moved beyond Norris Crescent, the City will begin the curb installation for the cycle track the week of October 30th. Crews will then construct the cycle track TTC bus platforms, add bicycle signals, delineate the cycle track using pavement markings, and install new signage. The construction of the cycle track is anticipated to take approximately four to six weeks.
You can receive updates on the project by joining the project mailing list. Please email Tracy.Manolakakis@toronto.ca
The Waterfront Trail stretches over 1,400 kilometres along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair, and the Niagara, Detroit, and St. Lawrence Rivers. It connects 68 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas.
In Toronto, the Waterfront Trail exists mostly through a network of multi-use trails and residential streets. In a few areas, the trail runs along major arterial roads. The long-term goal is to relocate the Waterfront Trail from these arterial roads, where possible, and provide a continuous route along dedicated cycling lanes, multi-use trails, and quiet streets.
A gap in the Waterfront Trail exists in Etobicoke between Norris Crescent and First Street where trail users must travel along busy Lake Shore Boulevard West.
To connect sections and enhance the safety of the Waterfront Trail in Etobicoke, Council requested Staff to study and report back on the implementation of cycling infrastructure along this stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard West., connecting the trail from Norris Crescent to First Street. You can see the report.
The City is prepared designs for the cycle track, and reviewed plans with stakeholders and the public. These designs were presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on March 1, 2016 and were unanimously approved. The report is scheduled to go to City Council for approval on March 30, 2016.
The City has prepared preliminary designs for the Lake Shore Boulevard West cycle track. These designs were developed in collaboration with Traffic Operations, the Toronto Transit Commission, and other divisions to ensure the introduction of the cycle track meets the needs of all street users.
Cycle tracks are dedicated cycling lanes that include a separation between the cyclist and the adjacent traffic lanes. A bi-directional cycle track includes two-way cycling traffic.
- Separated bi-directional/two-way cycle track on the south side of Lake Shore Boulveard West between Norris Crescent and First Street.
- A variety of barriers will be considered to separate the cycle track from vehicular lanes, including a low concrete wall, curbs, bollards, planters, and painted buffer zones.
- Gaps in the barriers will be planned to provide to residential and commercial driveways.
- Ramp platform design at TTC stops to allow safe loading and unloading of passengers.
- Removal of parking on south side of Lake Shore Boulevard West between Norris Crescent and First Street.
View the final consultation report.
The City hosted a public open house on December 8, 2015 to present the proposed designs for the cycle track, answer questions, and gather feedback. Thank you to all attendees.
On April 17, 2014 the City hosted a public meeting at the Polish Cultural Centre to discuss cycling projects in the neighbourhood. This meeting focused on:
- Humber Bay Shores Park: Existing Trail Conditions
- Humber Bay Shores Park: On-street Cycling Connections
- Stanley Avenue Contra-flow Bicycle Lane
- Waterfront Trail Connection on Lake Shore Boulevard West
Participants were informed of the City’s goal to close the Waterfront Trail gap between Norris Crescent and First Street, and were asked for feedback on the types of bikeways to consider. These included painted bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, contraflow bicycle lanes, and bi-directional cycle tracks. The City also presented the results of the Preliminary Parking Study, which showed that there was low on-street parking usage on the south side of Lakeshore Boulevard West.
A second Parking Study was completed in 2015 and confirmed the findings of the Preliminary Parking Study. You can review the report.
There was support within the community for connecting the Waterfront Trail using a uni- or bi-directional cycle track. You can view the consultation report.
Please note that future key dates for this project are subject to change.
- March 2014 – Council motion directs City staff to consider the feasibility and implementation of a bikeway facility along Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Norris Crescent and First Street to close a gap in the Waterfront Trail.
- April 17, 2014 – Public meeting at the Polish Cultural Centre to discuss possibilities for cycling infrastructure along Lake Shore Boulevard.
- June 2014 – City staff present an interim report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the feasibility of the proposed cycling infrastructure.
- Summer 2015 – Preliminary designs for cycle track and key stakeholder engagement.
- December 8, 2015 – Public open house to review proposed designs
- Winter 2015 – Finalize designs for cycle track.
- March 1, 2016 – Staff report unanimously approved by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
- Fall 2017 – Construction of cycle track begins in coordination with TTC track work. Timeline subject to change.