Rendering of proposed changes on Winona Drive.

Artist rendering of the proposed contra-flow bike lane on Winona Drive.

The City is working to make travel by foot and bike safer and more inviting. The City is proposing cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Winona Drive to lower speeds, reduce cut-through traffic, and create safer, more comfortable conditions. The proposed changes include:

  • Contra-flow bike lanes on Winona Drive between Eglinton Avenue West and Davenport Road that would allow people cycling to travel north and south on the one-way vehicular blocks.
  • Cycling wayfinding markings on parts of Rosemount Avenue, Bracondale Hill Road, Tyrrel Avenue, and Winona Drive south of St. Clair Avenue West and north of Gloucester Grove.
  • Different options of vehicular traffic flow changes to improve pick up and drop off activities at Winona Drive Senior Public School, McMurrich Junior Public School and 529 Vaughan Road.
  • Traffic signal upgrades and modifications at key intersections, including at Shaw Street and Davenport Road.

The proposed contra-flow bike lane on Glenholme Avenue and Earlsdale Avenue will be revisited in the future.

A final recommendation was approved at Infrastructure and Environment Committee and City Council (IE22.11) in spring of 2021. Implementation will follow in late 2021.

Update #1: Virtual Public Meeting: Winona Drive

The Virtual Public Meeting: Winona Drive was held on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Materials

Download and review a copy of the presentation.

Online Feedback Form

The online feedback form was closed on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Ten Year Cycling Network Plan

On June 9, 2016 Toronto City Council approved the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for Toronto’s cycling routes. On July 17, 2019 Toronto City Council approved the Cycling Network Plan Update, which provides a new timeframe to improve road work coordination, accountability, and implementation.

Project Overview

The new cycling infrastructure is designed to provide a dedicated space for people cycling, improving safety and comfort for all road users. The bike lanes will expand the local cycling network by providing improved connections to the existing bike lanes on Shaw Street and Davenport Road.

Image shows a rider in a contraflow lane
Contra-flow Bike Lane: allows people cycling to travel in two directions on a one-way street (people cycling travel in one direction in the designated bicycle lane and travel in the mixed-use traffic lane or marked cycle lane in the opposite direction).
Image shows a rider in a sharrow
Wayfinding Markings (Sharrows): road markings used to indicate a shared environment for bicycles and motor vehicles.

 

Project Area

Map of the proposed Oakwood Cycling Connections, including Winona Drive.

Legend describing elements of the Oakwood Cycling Connections map.

Summary of the Proposed Changes on Winona Drive

If you drive or park on the street:

  • Three (3) options are proposed for motor vehicle travel. Option one would maintain the vehicular flow as-is. Option two and three would change vehicular flow to provide safer drop-off to the schools and to reduce through motor vehicle traffic. Note that option two and three can be combined.
    • Option 1: No proposed changes to traffic operations.
    • Option 2: Changes to traffic operations would result in the conversion of Winona Drive between Belvidere Avenue and Ava Road into one-way northbound and between Vaughan Road and Belvidere Avenue into one-way southbound; Alameda Avenue between Vaughan Road and Belvidere Avenue into one-way northbound; and Atlas Avenue between Vaughan and Durham Avenue into one-way northbound for vehicle traffic.
      • In addition, Option 2 would also convert Belvidere Avenue between Alameda Avenue to Winona Drive into one-way eastbound; Ava Avenue between Winona Drive into one-way eastbound; and Durham Avenue between Atlas Avenue and Winnett Avenue into one-way eastbound.
    • Option 3: Changes to traffic operations would result in the conversion of the two-way configuration on Winona Drive between Tyrrel Avenue and Benson Avenue into a one-way northbound for vehicle traffic.
    • Option 2 and 3: (see above)
  • Parking supply impacts would be minimal for all options, but may require changes to street sides.

If you cycle:  

  • Contra-flow bike lanes on Winona Drive between Eglinton Avenue West and Davenport Road would be added to allow people cycling to travel north and south, including on the one-way vehicular blocks.
  • Wayfinding markings would be added to parts of Rosemount Avenue, Bracondale Hill Road, Tyrrel Avenue, and Winona Drive south of St Clair Avenue West and north of Gloucester Grove.

If you walk:

  • The pedestrian cross-over at Shaw Street and Davenport Road will be converted to a full traffic signal. Modifications could be required at the Vaughan Road and Winona Drive intersection to better accommodate movements.
  • Painted curb extensions are being considered to help calm traffic by visually narrowing the roadway and create safer crossings for pedestrians.

If you live or work in the neighbourhood:

  • City services such as fire, emergency medical services, solid waste pick-up, and snow clearing will continue as usual. There will be no impact to existing sidewalks or speed limits.

Public Consultation Report

Download the Public Consultation Report

Update (May 17, 2021) – Responses to Feedback

Considerations for physical separations

The proposed cycling infrastructure includes contra-flow bike lanes on Winona Drive as well as wayfinding markings on Rosemount Avenue, Bracondale Hill Road, Tyrrel Avenue and a portion of Winona Drive.

Contra-flow bike lanes allow people cycling to travel north and south, including on one-way vehicular blocks. Cyclists travel in one direction in the designated bicycle lane and, when travelling in the opposite direction, the person cycling will travel in the mixed-use traffic lane or marked cycle lane. As such, physical separators are not being proposed as part of this project as they would prevent vehicle movements and restrict movement for the mixed-use traffic lanes.

Considerations for other traffic calming measures

Painted curb extensions are being considered to help calm traffic by visually narrowing the roadway and create safer crossings for pedestrians. Requests to consider additional traffic calming measures on Winona Drive and adjacent side streets were received during public consultation and are under review.

Traffic infiltration and monitoring

The proposed changes on Winona Drive are not expected to impact traffic. Traffic monitoring will be completed pre and post installation. Traffic diversion options (Option 2 and Option 3) were evaluated after public consultation. Staff is recommending to move forward with Option 1. Options 2 and 3 will not be implemented at this time, but may be revisited in the future.

Other Oakwood Cycling Connections

Glenholme Avenue and Earlsdale Avenue have also been identified for future study as part of the Oakwood Neighbourhood Cycling Connections projects.

Event #3: Virtual Public Meeting: Winona Drive

This Virtual Public Meeting was held on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Materials

Download and review a copy of the presentation.

Online Feedback Form

The online feedback form was closed on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Public Drop-in Event #2: Oakwood Neighbourhood Cycling Connections

This event was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Materials

At this public drop-in event, attendees had an opportunity to:

  • View the draft designs for the proposed cycling infrastructure
  • Ask questions and speak to City of Toronto staff
  • Provide feedback on the proposed designs

Public Drop-in Event #1: Oakwood Neighbourhood Cycling Connections

This event was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Materials

At Public Drop-In Event #1, attendees had an opportunity to view the draft designs, speak to City of Toronto staff, and provide feedback on the following proposed cycling routes:

  • Northbound bike lane on Vaughan Road from Oakwood Avenue to Northcliffe Boulevard
  • Southbound wayfinding markings on Vaughan Road from Oakwood Avenue to Northcliffe Boulevard
  • Wayfinding markings on Vaughan Road from Northcliffe Boulevard to the west limit

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact us at 416-397-4675 or cycling@toronto.ca.