Shaw Street from Dupont Street to Dewson Street is scheduled to be resurfaced in 2020. The resurfacing provides a good opportunity to improve Shaw Street and make it safer for everyone, especially vulnerable road users such as people walking and cycling.

map showing the project study area from Dupont Street to Harbord Street
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Shaw Street is a major city-wide cycling route, yet the volume of drivers exceeds the City of Toronto’s Guidelines for a shared lane. A shared lane is where people cycling and driving use the same space.

Shaw Street is one of Toronto’s busiest cycling routes. It has more than 300 people cycling in one hour during the morning rush, and more than 3,000 people cycling per day.

  • At least 21% of people who live on or near Shaw Street ride bikes to work or school.
  • More than 75% of people on Shaw Street either walk or bike during the morning rush hour.
  • At least 20–30% of the driving on Shaw Street is to cut through the neighbourhood.

Shaw Street experiences high volumes of motor vehicle traffic for a residential street. The volume of drivers is far above the City’s guidelines for a shared lane, and there isn’t space for a dedicated cycling facility in both directions.

The purpose of this project is to reduce cut-through traffic and create safer and more comfortable conditions for people walking and cycling.

Project Update #1

Proposed Changes

The City has received concerns from area residents regarding safety on Shaw Street, including high car volumes and speeds, people driving and cycling not obeying stop signs, and Shaw Street being used as a traffic shortcut.

The City is proposing to implement changes in an effort to reduce cut-through traffic and to improve safety. These changes would maintain access for people driving to local destinations and accessing their homes and could have a small impact on the availability of permit parking.

For more details about these changes, see the “Recommended Improvements” tab.

Next Steps

The recommended changes will be presented to the City’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee on March 11, 2020, and City Council on April 1, 2020.

A Construction Notice will be sent out before construction work on the road begins. The notice will also explain when you can expect these safety improvements to be implemented.

After all work is completed, the City would observe the new behaviour, carry-out new traffic counts on Shaw Street and evaluate before and after conditions. If there are operational challenges, further changes would need to be considered.

Download the mailed Notice of Project Update – Shaw Street Improvements (Dupont Street to Harbord Street).

Map of Area 1 – Changes on Shaw Street (Dupont Street to Bloor Street West)
Map of Area 1 (Click to enlarge)

Area 1 – Changes on Shaw Street (Dupont Street to Bloor Street West)

  • Shaw Street from Dupont Street to Essex Street:
    • Change to northbound-only travel for people driving.
    • Provide southbound contra-flow bike lane on west side of street.
    • Provide on-street parking on east side of street.
  • Shaw Street from Essex Street to Bloor Street West:
    • Maintain southbound-only travel for people driving.
    • Provide northbound contra-flow bike lane on east side of street.
    • Provide on-street parking on west side of street.
  • Change Essex Street from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street to eastbound-only travel for people driving and cycling.
    Shaw Street at Essex Street:

    • People would not be permitted to drive north-south through along Shaw Street.
    • People driving east on Essex Street must turn right and travel south on Shaw Street.
    • People driving west on Essex Street must turn right and travel north on Shaw Street.
    • Emergency vehicles and people walking or cycling would be allowed to travel through north-south along Shaw Street.
  • No changes to public lane or driveway access points.

These changes result in the removal of 18 on-street parking spaces in Permit Parking Zone 3L (which has 605 total spaces) in order to provide better sight-lines for all road users, City permit parking records show there are more on-street parking spaces available in the area than are currently being used.

Map of Area 2 – Shaw Street (Bloor Street West to Harbord Street)
Map of Shaw Street Area 2 Changes (Click to enlarge)

Area 2 – Shaw Street (Bloor Street West to Harbord Street)

  • Shaw Street, from Bloor Street West to Harbord Street:
    • Change to northbound-only travel for people driving.
    • Change existing southbound sharrows on west side of street to southbound contra-flow bike lane.
    • Change existing northbound contra-flow bike lane on east side of street to northbound sharrows.
    • Change existing on-street parking on west side to the east side of street.
  • Change Roxton Road, from Harbord Street to Bloor Street West to southbound-only travel for people driving and cycling (to avoid having three parallel northbound-only streets).

Public Drop-In Event #1

A public drop-in event was held on November 21, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bob Abate Community Centre.

A total of 190 comment forms were received, and approximately 45 people attended the public consultation.

Based on the feedback, changes to the improvements are being recommended, which can be viewed on the “Recommended Improvements” tab.

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