June 29, 2022 Update: City staff will present recommendations for this project, at the Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) meeting on July 7, 2022. A copy of the staff report is available under IEC agenda item IE31.12. 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. on the day before the meeting.
The City of Toronto is proposing new cycling connections for existing on-street and off-street bikeways along Martin Grove Road between Eglinton Avenue West and the Kipling TTC and GO stations at Dundas Street West. The project will also include opportunities to improve safety for people walking, people cycling and driving on Martin Grove Road.

The project area includes segments from Eglinton Avenue West to Dundas Street West. In these areas the City is proposing:

  • Intersection improvements that include a dedicated safe space for pedestrians and people cycling, turn lanes and bus stop improvements at Eglinton Avenue West, Winterton Drive, Burnhamthorpe Road, and Bloor Street West / Wilmar Road
  • To complete the missing cycling connection from Eglinton Avenue West to south of Winterton Drive
  • Improved trail connection to Ravencrest Park and West Deane Trail system
  • A new multi-use trail through Wedgewood Park
  • Neighbourhood bikeways between Burnhamthorpe Road and Dundas Street West

Map of project area extending from Eglinton Avenue West on north to Dundas Street West on the south

In 2021, City Council approved bike lanes from Rathburn Road to approximately 100 meters north of Burnhamthorpe Road.

In December 2021, City Council adopted  IEC Agenda Item IE26.9, endorsing the new bikeway projects contained in the Cycling Network Near-Term Implementation Plan (2022 – 2024) which recommended an additional project to close the network gaps on Martin Grove Road.

The project is informed by City of Toronto policies and guidelines including the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, Complete Streets and TransformTO; Toronto’s Climate Action Strategy.

More information is included in the project presentation.

Eglinton Avenue West to Winterton Drive

  • Safety and accessibility improvements at Eglinton Avenue West and Winterton Drive
  • New cycling connection between Eglinton Avenue West and Winterton Drive with a raised cycle track in boulevard on west side
  • Narrow existing vehicle lanes, two vehicle lanes maintained in each direction

 

Aerial map image of over Eglinton Avenue West to Winterton Drive with proposed improvements

West Dean Park Connection

  • Provide a buffer between people cycling and motor vehicles over the Mimico Creek bridge
  • Install a refuge median to create a comfortable mid-block connection for  to West Deane Trail for people cycling southbound
  • The median will also serve to discourage speeding and will be designed to support the 50 km/h posted speed limit

Aerial map image of Martin Grove Road bridge over Mimico creek with proposed road median and West Deane Park connection

Potential West Side Trail Connection

To further improve trail connections for people walking and cycling, a potential new trail link will be considered from the west side of Martin Grove Road, eliminating the need to cross the street.

  • Create an off-road connection on the west side of Martin Grove Road to connect people cycling southbound to the West Deane Trail.

This opportunity has not yet been confirmed.

Aerial map image of Martin Grove Road bridge over Mimico creek with potential west side park connection

Burnhamthorpe Road Intersection

  • Proposed bike lanes extending north from the intersections will connect to bike lanes from Rathburn Road to approximately 100 meters north of Burnhamthorpe Road that were approved in 2021 for future installation
  • Proposed bike lanes extending south from the intersection will continue through Wedgewood Park to Dundas Street
  • Curb extensions on north-west corner reduce pedestrian crossing distance
  • Improved accessibility with tactile surface indicators
    Planned TTC bus stop relocation on Burnhamthorpe Road to the east side of Martin Grove Road
  • Three lay-by parking spots on Martin Grove to be removed
  • No changes to lane configuration

Aerial map image of proposed intersection improvements at Burnhamthorpe Road

Burnhamthorpe Road to Swan Avenue

In this section, there are more significant impacts proposed focused on reducing motor vehicle traffic and speed to create a slow speed and safe neighbourhood bikeway route. Three options for review and feedback are proposed between Burnhamthorpe Road and Swan Avenue.

Option 1 – Restrict turns

Map view of Martin Grove Road from Burnhamthorpe Road to Wedgewood Park with turn restrictions at Swan Avenue

  • Turn restrictions at the Martin Grove Road and Swan Avenue intersection, motor vehicles can travel from north to east / from east to north, and from west to south / from south to west
  • Pedestrians and people cycling can travel in all directions
  • No impacts to parking

If you travel by car, east and west through traffic along Swan Avenue will no longer be permitted.

Option 2 – Contraflow bike lane

Map view of Martin Grove Road from Burnhamthorpe Road to Wedgewood Park with one way direction signs and contraflow bike lanes

  • Burnhamthorpe Road and Goswell Road:
    • one-way southbound with shared lane markings for people cycling southbound
    • northbound contra-flow for people cycling
  • Swan Avenue and Goswell Road:
    • one-way northbound with shared lane markings for people cycling northbound
    • southbound contraflow for people cycling
  • Reduction of approximately 15-22 parking spaces between Swan Avenue and Burnhamthorpe Road
  • Reduced access from Martin Grove Road to plaza driveway at northwest corner

If you travel by car, through traffic along Martin Grove Road will no longer be permitted between Burnhamthorpe Road and Swan Avenue.

Options 3 – Traffic calming only

Map view of Martin Grove Road from Burnhamthorpe Road to Wedgewood Park with a series of four speed humps

This options does not achieve targets of reduced traffic volumes for increased safety or pedestrians and people cycling.

  • Introduce speed humps between Swan Avenue and Burnhamthorpe Road
  • No impact to parking
  • Limited reduction in motor vehicle traffic

For this option to be effective, adjacent streets would not be eligible to receive traffic calming.

Wedgewood Park Multi-use Trail

The multi-use trail through Wedgewood Park that connects the proposed Martin Grove Road bikeway on the north and the south. Details of the options can be found in the public presentations.

  • New multi-use trail through Wedgewood Park connects the bikeway along Martin Grove Road north and south of the park
  • Identifiable concrete pavers will connect the high traffic areas where the multi-use path connects to other walkways and key areas in the park

At the south end of the park the multi-use trail aligns west of the sidewalk.

At the north end of the park there are two design options for consideration:

Option 1 West Connection (preferred)

Aerial view of Wedgewood Park with proposed multi-use trail to the west of the parking lot

  • Multi-use trail located west of the existing sidewalk at the south end of the park, and bending to the west of existing parking lot at the north end of the park
  • Maintains existing parking lot configuration
  • Minimizes impacts to school drop-off zone
  • Some impacts to trees to be confirmed by arborist report

Option 2 East Connection

Aerial view of Wedgewood Park with proposed multi-use trail to the east of the parking lot

  • New multi-use trail, aligned west of existing sidewalk and staying straight along east side of existing parking lot at the north end
  • Provides most direct route for people cycling
  • No tree impacts
  • Reconfiguration of parking lot with cars shifted to the west
  • Additional cots for parking lot

Wedgewood Park to Bloor Street

The following changes are proposed between Wedgewood Park and Bloor Street

  • Shared bikeway with painted on-street markings (sharrows) to provide wayfinding and identify presence of people cycling
  • No changes to parking
  • No changes to motor vehicle travel lanes

Bloor Street Intersection

Aerial map image of the Bloor Street intersection with proposed improvements

The following changes are proposed for the Bloor Street intersection:

  • Reduced corner radii and shorter pedestrian crossing distances to improve safety
  • Accessible pedestrian signals and tactile walking surface indicators

Bloor Street West north side

  • Two-way raised bikeway on the north side of Bloor Street
  • TTC lay-by replaced with two-way cycle track to connect Martin Grove Road and Wilmar Road

Bloor Street West south side

  • Protected signal phasing ‘advanced green’ for pedestrians and people cycling
  • Bike box added on Wilmar Road to allow people cycling northbound to wait ahead of traffic
  • TTC lay-by replaced with new platform, widened sidewalk and new transit shelter

Bloor Street West to Dundas Street West

Wilmar Road, Montesson Street, Acorn Avenue

Map image of proposed bikeway from Bloor Street along Wilmar Road, Montesson Street and Acorn Avenue to Dundas Street

  • Shared bikeway with painted on-street markings (sharrows) to provide wayfinding and identify presence of people cycling
  • Connect to recently completed signalised intersection at Dundas Street and Acorn Avenue
  • No changes to on-street parking (permitted on both sides of the street)

Decisions on the roadway changes will be made by considering public input, City policies and programs, and technical requirements.

Public consultation was facilitated April 24 – May 18, 2022, including stakeholder engagement, an online survey, and a virtual public meeting.

Project Materials

Next Steps

Transportation Services will present the final proposed design to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) for approval July 7, 2022. If approved by City Council, the project will be scheduled for implementation in 2023-2025.

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