A Public Drop-in event was held on Monday March 25. Complete the survey by April 8. View meeting materials in Public Consultation tab below.

The Wallace Emerson Neighbourhood Streets Plan (NSP) will identify, prioritize and recommend improvements to traffic operations and street design to improve local streets and create a safer neighbourhood. Drawing on input from community members and local stakeholder groups, as well as data collected through traffic studies, the plan will consider the needs of all road users in the neighbourhood including vulnerable road users such as seniors, school children, and people walking and cycling.

The study will consider Traffic Calming, Vision Zero, and Complete Streets measures to address community concerns around:

  • motor vehicle volume on local roads
  • speeding on local roads
  • traffic conditions near local schools
  • safety of vulnerable road users

The plan will recommend short-term improvements (1-3 years), which can be made using quick build materials like paint and bollards, as well as more permanent long-term improvements, which typically take three or more years to implement.

 

 

The Wallace Emerson Neighbourhood Streets Plan (NSP) study area is bounded by Lansdowne Avenue to the west, Dufferin Street to the East, Dupont Street to the north and Croatia Street to the south. It is primarily a residential community of single family homes with commercial and retail uses concentrated on Bloor Street. There are three schools located in the area: Pauline Junior Public School, St Sebastian’s Elementary School and the Bloor Collegiate School, temporarily relocated from its original location at Bloor Street and Dufferin Street. Anticipated travel patterns of new community members moving into the area and/or using the new Wallace Emerson Community Centre and parks will also be considered in the planning process.

This map highlights the northern, southern, eastern and western boundaries of the project area

 

In addition to the recommended improvements for the NSP, it is proposed to install cycle tracks on Hallam Street between Dufferin Street and Bartlett Avenue in response to the community’s desire for a safer east-west local bikeway. The proposed bikeway will connect to Millicent Street where a contraflow bikeway is recommended, through the expanded intersection at Dufferin Street to Hallam Street. The bikeway will extend east to connect to the newly installed bikeway on Bartlett Avenue.

Proposed changes include:

  • Quick-build protected cycle tracks on both sides of the street​
  • Lane narrowing which can reduce vehicle speeds and encourage driver alertness​
  • Intersection improvements at the Dufferin Street intersection, including corner radius reductions​
  • Removal of 20 on-street parking spaces on the south side of Hallam Street between Dufferin Street and Bartlett Avenue, with 20 on-street parking spaces retained on the north side.

What would this mean for you?

  • New cycle tracks with physical separation from motor vehicle traffic and connections to existing bikeways on Bartlett Avenue and proposed bikeways on Millicent Street
  • Current number of motor vehicle travel lanes will be maintained
  • All turning movements, laneways, and driveways remain accessible.

(Update) Phase 2 Consultation

A Public Drop-in Event was held on March 25, 2024 between 6-8 pm at the Wallace Emerson Community Centre.

Phase 2 Consultation Materials

Phase 1 Consultation Report Complete

The Phase 1 Public Consultation Report summarizes feedback received.

Consultation Materials

Public Events

Public Drop-in Event 1

A public drop-in event was held on February 16, 2023. It provided residents and stakeholders with an opportunity to view project information panels and speak with members of the project team one-on-one.

  • Date: February 16, 2023
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON

Notification about future public consultation events will be provided through mailed flyers, project email updates and on this web page.

Interest Group Interviews

Individual one-on-one meetings with local interest groups like schools, businesses and other local organizations will help confirm local issues and identify specific opportunities and challenges (e.g. school drop off and pickup, nearby intersections, parking, etc.).

 

In response to concerns about traffic conditions in the Wallace-Emerson community, local residents formed the Wallace Emerson Traffic Management Committee (WETMC) in 2019. The group prepared a traffic plan for the neighbourhood which included requests for various traffic calming measures including speed humps, staggered parking with bump outs and planters, new stop-controlled intersections, turning prohibitions, and contraflow bikeways. The plan was endorsed in principle by the Toronto and East York Community Council in March 2020 (See decision TE14.46), and since that time a number of the recommended changes have been implemented.

Since Community Council’s endorsement, changes in the neighbourhood have presented new issues and new ideas and concerns have been raised in other locations in the neighbourhood that are not addressed in the WETMC plan. Given the community aspirations for local traffic management and safety improvements, travel patterns in the neighbourhood, and the future growth expected around the neighbourhood, Toronto and East York Community Council directed City staff to build on the work of the WETMC by developing a Neighbourhood Streets Plan to apply holistic approach to address traffic issues across the neighbourhood network as a whole.

 

 

 

 

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