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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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