The next round of consultation for the near-term plan is intended to take place in early 2023.

The City of Toronto is developing the Leaside Neighbourhood Transportation Plan (LNTP) to address the concerns about transportation conditions in the neighbourhood raised by the community, as well as any related items identified by staff through the course of the study.

The plan will identify, recommend and prioritize changes that can be made to improve safety for all road users, with a focus on vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, people biking, children and seniors.

The plan consists of two phases: a near-term plan and a long-term plan.

Map of the Leaside NTP's project area in dark blue.
The study area is located between Bayview Avenue to the west, Glenvale Boulevard/Kildeer Crescent/Rykert Crescent to the north, Don River/Laird Drive to the east and the CPR rail corridor to the south.
Date Milestone
February 9, 2022 Gather initial input via a Virtual Public Information Session
July 18 to Sept 3, 2022 Gather input via a Digital Mapping Tool
November 29, 2022 Status report (NY1.9) to North York Community Council (NYCC)
Fall 2022 to early 2023 Traffic data analysis & site observations
Early 2023 Near-term plan consultation
Mid-2023 Report to NYCC on near-term plan
2023+ Implementation of near-term improvements, subject to NYCC approval
Future Long-term plan, contingent on the completion of the Eglinton Crosstown and bikeway installation on Eglinton Avenue East

November 2023: Status Report Adopted by NYCC

On November 29, 2022, North York Community Council (NYCC) considered and adopted the Leaside Neighbourhood Transportation Plan status report. A copy of the staff report is available under NYCC agenda item NY1.9.

July 2022: Project Update

The City is performing traffic counts in Leaside to study the local traffic patterns and deepen the understanding of travel behaviours. Traffic counts will provide detailed information on vehicle volumes, speeds and preferred travel routes.

The City is also tracking feedback from the public through comments provided to 311, email, the public meeting and the local Councillor’s office. The traffic data and public input will inform the near- and long-term interventions to mitigate traffic issues.

Digital Mapping Tool

From July 18, 2022, to September 3, 2022, members of the public were able to locate areas of interest and concern using a digital mapping tool. A total of 257 unique respondents submitted 458 comments.

The most frequently identified concern was high motor vehicle volumes, followed by safety concerns at intersections and poor compliance to traffic controls.

Overall, the comments provided through the digital mapping tool identified:

  • heavy congestion during peak travel hours
  • aggressive driving and failure to obey speed limits, stop signs, turn restrictions and other bylaws
  • the curving road design and presence of on-street parking and/other visual obstructions contribute poor sightlines, causing people driving and cycling to make wide turns with compromised visibility and/or risky merges into oncoming traffic
  • need for better infrastructure for vulnerable road users, like sidewalks and bike lanes
  • concerns related to the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown
  • concerns related to residential development in the area and the impact on traffic and on-street parking conditions
  • confusing and inconsistent parking bylaws

Materials

Virtual Public Information Session

A public information session was held on February 9, 2022, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and attended by 189 participants.

The information session included a presentation on the LNTP objectives, challenges and opportunities, toolbox of strategies and study process. It was followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on locations that would benefit from safety improvements for all road users.

Materials

Project Description

In response to a Community Council request (2019.NY9.12), staff have initiated a transportation study of Leaside.

Over the years, members of the Leaside community have expressed concerns about transportation conditions and road user behaviour to their local Councillor and City staff, including:

  • cut-through traffic patterns
  • speeding by motor vehicles
  • the volume of motor vehicles on local roads
  • non-compliance with traffic regulations
  • road user safety
  • atypical geometric design of intersections and road curves

Recent Improvements

Alongside the LNTP initiative, safety measures have recently been implemented in the Leaside area to improve conditions for road users, with a focus on those that are vulnerable:

  • Speed limit reductions were implemented on all arterial, collector and local roads in the area.
  • Four (4) School Safety Zones and six (6) Community Safety Zones have been designated to help reduce aggressive driving and speeding in areas where vulnerable road users are likely to be present.
  • Pedestrian head start signals, also known as leading pedestrian intervals, have been added to five signalized intersections in the area.
  • A curb radius reduction was implemented at the intersection of Bessborough Drive, Craig Crescent and Divadale Drive to increase visibility between all road users, reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and reduce vehicle turning speeds.

Challenges & Opportunities

The LNTP study area has been impacted by changes associated with transit projects, development applications and planning studies. These projects and initiatives impact existing travel behaviours and will reshape the future conditions of the neighbourhood:

Policies & Guidelines

The LNTP’s near-term and long-term plans must contribute to the City’s overarching transportation goals and Council directives. The LNTP will support the goals outlined in:

Council Decisions

Project Approach

The LNTP is using an evidence-based approach to identify potential improvements:

  • Speed, volume and collision data are being analyzed to better understand areas of concern and opportunities for safety improvements.
  • Site visits and observations are being completed by the project team to assess transportation infrastructure conditions (i.e. sightlines at intersections and pavement marking quality) and identify deficiencies.
  • Public consultation is a key element of the project approach; engagement with area residents and stakeholders is being facilitated continuously throughout both phases of the project.

About the Leaside Neighbourhood Transportation Plan

Near-Term Plan (2023+)

The near-term plan is currently underway and is being informed by traffic data and public input.

Interventions that will be considered include:

  • traffic calming (e.g. speed humps)
  • traffic controls (e.g. all-way stops and pedestrian crosswalks)
  • by-law changes (e.g. parking regulations)
  • upgraded pavement markings (e.g. stop bars at intersections)

The next round of consultation for the near-term plan is targeted to take place in early 2023, with staff reporting to NYCC on the near-term recommendations in mid-2023.

Subject to NYCC approval, implementation of near-term improvements will be rolled out in phases. The timing of installation will be dependent on the availability of materials, funding and competing priorities.

Long-Term Plan (Future)

The long-term planning phase is contingent on the completion of the Eglinton Crosstown and bikeway installation on Eglinton Avenue East and will begin when these works are completed, and new travel patterns and neighbourhood conditions can be assessed.

Interventions that may be considered include:

  • traffic diversions
  • bikeways
  • road narrowing
  • other interventions typically delivered as part of road reconstruction

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