The City of Toronto is proposing cycling and road safety improvements for Sheppard Avenue East and Willowdale Avenue. The improvements are planned to be implemented as part of the scheduled road resurfacing and reconstruction work for Sheppard Avenue East programmed in 2022-2024. The primary focus of the road resurfacing and reconstruction is to repair or replace damaged sections of the road, curb, and sidewalk which have deteriorated over time. This project includes options to improve safety and operations at intersections, install new cycle tracks, widen sidewalks, and where possible include new trees and green infrastructure. The extension of the Willowdale Avenue cycle track is bundled with this work. The City is focused on improving the transportation experience for people walking, cycling, taking transit and driving, and meeting the City’s road safety and climate targets.
We want to hear from you. You can provide feedback on the project proposal by attending the Virtual Public Meeting on December 7, 2021, submitting an online comment form, or by connecting us via email or phone.
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The Project Area is Sheppard Avenue East from Bonnington Place to Leslie Street and Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue.
Improvements will be implemented in three stages:
In 2022, The City of Toronto has a programmed road resurfacing on Sheppard Avenue East from Bonnington Place to Bayview Avenue. The road resurfacing involves replacing the asphalt surface within existing curbs and repairs to damaged curbs and sidewalks. The project provides an opportunity to review Sheppard Avenue East for safety, operational and accessibility improvements such as rebuilt transit stops, improved pedestrian crossings, new cycle tracks, new accessible pedestrian signals, and narrower vehicle lane widths consistent with current City guidelines.
In 2023-2024, the City has scheduled road reconstruction Sheppard Avenue East from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street. Road reconstruction involves removing and replacing both the asphalt surface of the road and the concrete road base, as well as curbs and sidewalks.
Proposed safety improvements include signal changes to reduce turning conflicts and improve pedestrian accessibility, new cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, improved pedestrian crossings, and new trees and green infrastructure.
Willowdale Avenue, from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue
The City is proposing to bundle cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Willowdale Avenue between Empress Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East with the Sheppard Avenue East road resurfacing in 2022. This would provide an extension of the existing cycle tracks that are currently along Willowdale Avenue from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue. On-street parking and stopping along Willowdale Avenue would be prohibited.
The part of a street that is not used for vehicle travel, and is between the roadway and the sidewalk.
The strip of land between the lanes of opposing traffic on a divided roadway.
The location of transit stops is generally guided by the safety and comfort of transit users, spacing between stops, and nearby intersections and land uses.
|Curb Radii Reduction
Reduced curb radii reduce pedestrian crossing distances and encourages lower motor vehicle speeds.
These allow large vehicles to navigate the curb without striking fixed objects or other road users, while creating slower turns for smaller vehicles.
|Raised Cycle Track
Vertically separated from motor vehicle traffic, and may be at the level of the adjacent sidewalk or combined with a parking lane or other barrier from the roadway.
|Street-Level Cycle Track
Bollards Mounted on Curbs
Cycle tracks are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by curbs or bollards, but at the same level as the road.
A protected intersection is a design where the bikeway remains separated, where enhanced measures mitigate the conflict between people cycling, people walking and drivers turning
Green infrastructure allows for runoff water from the street to be naturally filtered and slowed down before entering the sewer system
Sheppard Avenue East is in need of road resurfacing and reconstruction due to poor condition of the road. In Toronto, roads are resurfaced every 25-35 years and reconstructed every 50-100 years presenting a unique once-in-a-generation or lifetime opportunity for the City to improve the design of the street with consideration to updated policies and design guidelines, as well as future needs of the community.
The proposed road safety and cycling improvements on Sheppard Avenue East and Willowdale Avenue are informed by the following policies and guidelines:
The Cycling Network Plan identifies the entire length of Sheppard Avenue as a designated Major City-Wide Cycling Route. Major City-Wide Cycling Routes are significant corridors that cross Toronto from east to west and north to south, where high quality bikeways are planned to create a connected network.
There are several ways to learn more about the project and provide feedback.
A Virtual Public Event is scheduled for Tuesday December 7, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register
To join by computer, smart phone or tablet, please register in advance.
You will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event via your device. If you do not register in advance, you can visit the project web page on the day of the event to find the login information.
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To join by phone:
View information material ahead of time on the project web page or request material by email or mail. Five minutes before the meeting starts, call 416-915-6530 and enter access code 2453 247 7661.