The City of Toronto is proposing cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Palmerston Avenue, Palmerston Square and Palmerston Boulevard as well as Tecumseth Street.
The proposed bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, cycle tracks, and wayfinding markings would expand the local cycling network and connect to the bikeways on Bloor Street West, Harbord Street, College Street, Richmond Street, Adelaide Street West, and Wellington Street West.
The proposed traffic changes include modifications to the direction of certain blocks to enable the new bikeways and reduce through traffic, while maintaining local access, as well as a reduced number of on-street parking spaces in some locations.

Project Goals:

  1. Improve safety for people walking, cycling and driving.
  2. Encourage cycling by connecting and improving bikeways.
  3. Maintain City services and access to driveways.
  4. Minimize impact to on-street parking.

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. The Palmerston-Tecumseth corridor was identified as a key north-south route in this update.

Within the last five years (2016-2020), there have been 37 reported collisions between people driving and people walking or cycling in this corridor. 12 of those collisions involved people walking, of which one of those collisions resulted in serious injury, and 25 collisions involved people cycling.

As part of the project development process, a more detailed analysis of collisions along this corridor will take place to identify trends and locations where safety improvements can be implemented.

If you drive or park on the street:

  • Changes are proposed along both streets that will affect travel. The corridor is divided into 8 segments. The proposed changes will increase safety for all road users and reduce cut-through traffic.
  • A proposed reduction to the number of on-street parking spaces in some locations. Impacts to parking have been minimized.
  • No stopping is permitted in contra-flow bike lanes, bike lanes, or cycle tracks.

If you cycle:

  • Contra-flow bike lanes would be added to allow people cycling to travel north and south where vehicle flow is one-way.
  • Bike lanes and cycle tracks (protected bike lanes) would be added where space permits.
  • Shared-lane markings would be added where vehicular volumes are low.
  • New bike signals will be added at Bloor St, College St, Dundas St, and Queen St.

If you walk:

  • The pedestrian cross-over at Palmerston Avenue and Dundas Street West will be converted to a full traffic signal.
  • Painted curb extensions are being considered to help calm traffic by visually narrowing the roadway and create safer crossings for pedestrians.
  • Segments with dedicated bikeways will provide a greater separation between people walking and motor vehicles.

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.

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.

Map of project corridor for the Palmerston-Tecumseth Cycling Connections Project

Summary of Project Segments and Options

Segment |
Option
Proposed Changes Parking Impacts
1
Dupont – Bloor
Dupont – Bloor
No changes to vehicular traffic direction; Add contra-flow bike lanes; Add bike lane on Palmerston Square
Parking switched to west side (reduction of 6 spaces)
2 | A
Bloor – Harbord
Convert to one-way southbound travel lane; Add northbound contra-flow bike lane on east side Parking made permanent on west side (addition of 6 spaces)
2 | B
Bloor – Harbord
Convert to one-way travel lane: Northbound Bloor to Lennox, Southbound Harbord to Herrick; Add contra-flow bike lanes Parking made permanent on one side: east side Bloor to Lennox; west side Lennox to Harbord (addition of 4 spaces)
3 | A
Harbord – College
Convert to one-way northbound travel lane; Add contra-flow bike lane southbound on west side Parking made permanent on east side (reduction of 10 spaces)
3 | B
Harbord – College
Convert to one-way travel lane: Northbound Harbord to Ulster, Southbound Ulster to College; Add contra-flow bike lanes Parking made permanent on one side: east side Harbord to Ulster; west side Ulster to College (addition of 4 spaces)
4 | A
College – Dundas
No changes to traffic direction; Add northbound contra-flow bike lane on the east side Parking made permanent on the west side

(addition of 1 space)

4 | B

College – Dundas

Reverse one-way travel lane southbound to northbound between the lane south of College east of Palmerston and the lane north of Dundas east of Palmerston and add southbound contra-flow bike lane on the east side; Convert to two-way travel lane between the lane north of Dundas east of Palmerston and Dundas Parking made permanent on the east side

(reduction of 1 space)

5
Dundas – Queen
Reverse one-way travel lane southbound to northbound between Dundas and lane north of Robinson west of Palmerston; Add contra-flow bike lane on west side Dundas to Robinson and east side Robinson to Queen Parking made permanent on the east side from Dundas to Robinson

(reduction of 3 spaces)

6
Queen – King
Convert two-way to one-way southbound Richmond to Mitchell and northbound travel lane Mitchell to Adelaide; Add cycle tracks west side Richmond to Mitchell and east side  Mitchell to Adelaide;  Add contra-flow bike lanes on east side Richmond to Mitchell and     west side Mitchell to Adelaide West side parking maintained except between Adelaide and Mitchell (switches to east side); Net reduction of 2 parking spaces (4 reduced  on west side; 2 gained on east side)
7 | A
King – Wellington
No changes to traffic direction;  Add bike lanes Parking removed (reduction of 15 spaces)
7 | B
King – Wellington
No changes to traffic direction from King St W and Tecumseth Pl (north) and add conventional bike lanes; Convert two-way between Tecumseth Place (north) to Tecumseth Place (south) to a northbound one-way and add a southbound contra-flow;
No changes to two-way traffic direction from Tecumseth (south) to Wellington
No impacts
8 | A
Wellington – Niagara
No changes to traffic direction; Add parking-side bike lane southbound, west side No impacts
8 | B
Wellington – Niagara
No changes to traffic direction; Add bike lane northbound on east side No impacts
8 | C

Wellington – Niagara

No changes to traffic direction (reduction of 3 spaces)

 

Virtual Public Meeting

A Virtual Public Meeting was held on the evening of October 20, 2021. This was an opportunity to learn more about the Palmerston-Tecumseth Cycling Connections project, provide feedback and ask questions.

Materials

Online Feedback Form

The feedback form closed November 3rd, 2021. All comments will be considered.

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