The City of Toronto is studying Parkside Drive between Keele Subway Station and the Martin Goodman Trail to identify interventions, in addition to those that were introduced in the last year, that could improve safety and mobility along the corridor with a focus on people walking, cycling and other vulnerable road users.

In consultation with the community, the study will explore possible design changes to Parkside Drive to better serve all road users and develop a future vision of the corridor. Full reconstruction of Parkside Drive is forecasted to take place more than ten years from now; the study will inform future work and will determine whether further improvements can be made in the interim period.

The Parkside Drive study is a companion to the High Park Movement Strategy, and any changes contemplated for Parkside Drive will be considered in parallel with the recommendations of the High Park Movement Strategy.

The study area is Parkside Drive from Keele Subway Station to the Martin Goodman Trail.Map of study area displaying the Parkside Drive Study Area and the High Park Movement Strategy Study Area.

The Parkside Drive Study will build on recent and planned roadway changes, City Council decisions and community advocacy for improved safety and comfort for pedestrians and people cycling, taking transit and driving, including:

  • 2021: Parkside Drive Safety Measures (City Council member motion MM37.1)
  • 2021: Speed limit reduction from 50 kilometres per hour to 40 kilometres per hour on Parkside Drive between Bloor Street West and Lakeshore Boulevard West.
  • 2021: Installation of permanent “Watch Your Speed” signs on Parkside Drive.
  • 2022: Installation of an Automated Speed Enforcement camera on Parkside Drive.
  • 2022: High Park Movement Strategy Interim Report (Infrastructure and Environment Committee item IE30.16)
  • 2022: Installation of traffic signal on Parkside Drive at Geoffrey Street. The signal is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2022.
  • 2022: Planned installation of a temporary asphalt sidewalk on the west side of Parkside Drive between Spring Road and just north of the Queensway underpass.
  • 2022: Installation of a traffic signal on Parkside Drive just north of The Queensway to allow for safe pedestrian crossing to the TTC bus stop (Community Council item TE34.142).
  • 2022: Planned installation of pay-and-display parking spots on the west side of Parkside Drive between Spring Road and north of the underpass once the sidewalk is installed (Community Council item TE34.142).

The City has a variety of measures that it can use to address transportation related concerns. A range of options will be studied alongside potential changes recommended through the High Park Movement Strategy to understand their impacts on road safety, mobility choices and travel behaviours. Changes could include:

  • Reduced number of motor vehicle lanes
  • Increased pedestrian space
  • New cycling facilities and/or improved wayfinding to alternative routes
  • Intersection design changes and road realignment at critical locations along the corridor
  • Traffic management adjustments
  • Space for new street furniture and green infrastructure
  • Short-term parking
  • Other ideas and suggestions arising from the study

The participation of road users, local community members and other stakeholders in the study is essential to determine the future vision for Parkside Drive.

Phase One

Review existing conditions, identify concerns & priorities

Phase Two

Present future vision, identify preferred option & possible interim improvements

  • Public Consultation Event and Survey, Winter 2023