Phase 1 of Installation (Fairford Avenue to north of Queen Street East) is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021. Phase 2 of Installation (Queen Street East to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail) is expected to be completed by the end of Spring 2022.

 

As part of the next steps for the Quiet Streets Program on Woodfield Road and Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard, the City of Toronto will:

  • install a contra-flow bicycle on one-way segments to allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor so they can easily connect between popular cycling routes on Danforth Avenue, Dundas Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard
  • improve wayfinding and signage along the route
  • install new traffic signals at Gerrard Street, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to improve walking and cycling safety and connections
  • limit parking and motor vehicle impacts

Installation

In late August, The City of Toronto painted shared lane pavement markings on Monarch Park Avenue and Woodfield Road between Sammon Avenue and Fairford Avenue. The City will also be installing a contra-flow bicycle lane on Woodfield Road, from Fairford Avenue to the Lake Shore Boulevard Trail. This work is expected to be completed in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Fairford Avenue to north of Queen Street East (expected to be complete by the end of October 2021)
  • Phase 2: Queen Street East to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail (expected to be complete by Spring 2022)

This work is part of the City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for cycling routes across the City. Consultation on this project took place in April 2021, with feedback received through two virtual public meetings, online feedback form and the local Councillor. The project was approved by City Council in June 2021.


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Overview

Phase 1 will be done in two parts:

  1. Pavement markings (one week to complete)
  2. Traffic signal work and updated signage (expected to be complete by the end of October 2021)

The installation will not impact motor vehicle travel along the street.

Several elements have already been completed including:

  • The addition of northbound bicycle signal heads at Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East.
  • Changes to parking signage on Woodfield Road (from Gerrard Street East to Dundas Street East).
  • As noted above, and installation of sharrows (pavement markings) on Monarch Park Avenue (from Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue) and Woodfield Road (from the north end to Fairford Avenue) has also been completed.
Car driving south on Woodfield Road at Dundas Street East, with a contra-flow bicycle lane in the opposite direction.
New northbound bicycle signal heads at Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East.
New sharrows in both directions on Monarch Park Avenue north of Walpole Avenue
New sharrows (pavement markings) on Monarch Park Avenue, just north of Walpole Avenue.

Phase 1 Work Details

The City’s contractor will:

  • make changes to pavement markings
  • change parking and traffic signage
  • add painted curb extensions at intersections along Monarch Park Avenue
  • install traffic signal equipment at Woodfield Road/Gerrard Street East by end of October 2021

What Phase 1 Work Means for You

If You Drive or Park on the Street

  • No changes to parking or travel lanes on Monarch Park Avenue.
  • No changes to parking or travel lanes on two-way sections of Woodfield Road.
  • For one-way sections of Woodfield Road, parking will become permanent on the west side of the street only. With the new traffic signal at Gerrard Street East there will be minor impacts to total parking spaces at the south side of Gerrard Street East. New “No Parking” signs will be added/moved to this intersection to show where parking is allowed. No stopping is permitted in bike lanes.
  • No other traffic impacts to the way the streets operate when you drive.
  • All turning movements, laneway and driveway access will remain.

If You Cycle

  • You will be able to travel both north and south on Woodfield Road, north of Queen Street East, making it easier and more comfortable to connect to existing east-west bikeways.

If You Live or Work in the Neighbourhood

  • The pedestrian crossing at Woodfield Road and Gerrard Street East will be converted to a traffic signal, providing a safe signalized crossing for people walking and cycling.
  • City services such as fire, emergency medical services, solid waste pick-up and snow clearing will continue as usual. There will be no impact to existing sidewalks, traffic flow or speed limits.

Design Details

Crossing Upgrades

  • Woodfield Road/Gerrard Street East: Pedestrian crossover converted to traffic signal
    • Minor impacts to total parking spaces at the south side of Gerrard Street East. New “No Parking” signs will be added/moved to this intersection to show where parking is allowed.
  • Woodfield Road/Dundas Street East: Northbound bike signal heads added to traffic signal

Where possible, the City will install traffic calming elements like painted curb extensions at intersections.

Monarch Park Avenue: Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue

Map of new design on Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Felstead Avenue.
Details
  • Traffic signal provides good connection to cycle track on Danforth Avenue.
  • New sharrows (pavement markings) and wayfinding signage.
  • No changes to parking.

Monarch Park: Existing Connection

Map of existing connections at Monarch Park.

Details

  • Existing trail connects Monarch Park Avenue to Woodfield Road under rail corridor.
  • Pavement markings and wayfinding direct cyclists to the trail access at Gillard Avenue.

Woodfield Road: Monarch Park to Fairford Avenue

Map of new design on Monarch Park Avenue, from Monarch Park to Fairfield Avenue.
Cross-section of new design, looking north on Woodfield Road, from Fairford Avenue to Monarch Park.
Details

Woodfield Road: Fairford Avenue to Queen Street East

Map of new design on Woodfield Road, from Fairford Avenue to Queen Street East.
Cross-section of new design looking north on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Fairford Avenue.
Details
  • Northbound contra-flow bicycle lane added on the east side.
  • Wayfinding markings are in the southbound direction.
  • Parking on the west side at all times (no impact to parking spaces).
  • Permit parking hours remain unchanged.
  • No stopping permitted in contra-flow bicycle lane.

Overview

Installation for Phase 2 is expected in Spring 2022, and a notice will be issued closer to installation to provide more details.

Design Details

Crossing Upgrades

  • Woodfield Road/Queen Street East: Pedestrian crossover converted to traffic signal
  • Woodfield Road/Eastern Avenue: Pedestrian crossover at Connaught Avenue (95 m spacing) relocated and new traffic signal installed

Where possible, the City will install traffic calming elements like painted curb extensions at intersections.

Woodfield Road: Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue

Map of Alternative 3 (switch to one-way northbound) on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue.
Map of new design (switch to one-way northbound) on Woodfield Road, from Queen Street East to Eastern Avenue.
Cross-section of new design (switch to one-way northbound) looking north on Woodfield Road, from Eastern Avenue to Queen Street East.
Details

Woodfield Road: Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail

Map of new design on Woodfield Road, from Eastern Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail.
Cross-section of new design looking north on Woodfield Road, from Lake Shore Trail to Eastern Avenue.
Details
  • Addition of minimum-width bike lanes in each direction.
  • Maintain 3.3 m lanes in each direction.
  • New path to connect to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail at south end of Woodfield Road.

Woodfield Road: Connection to Lake Shore Boulevard Trail

Map of the Woodfield Road connection to Lake Shore Trail. Maps Data: Google, © 2021 First Base Solutions, Maxar Technologies
Details
  • About 15 m section of new path and curb cut.
  • Similar connection at Knox Avenue, on the west side of Canada Post building.

About COVID-19 and Installation Work in Toronto

During installation, the contractor is responsible for the Health & Safety on site under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and is expected to implement COVID-19 mitigation practices. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19 please visit toronto.ca/covid-19.

Accessible Accommodation

The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during construction. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible. If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, inform the Project Manager listed on this web page.

Garbage & Recycling

Please follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move bins to an appropriate location and return them. Please ensure that you label your bins with your address.

Parking

New parking signage has been installed in late September 2021 on Woodfield Road, between Gerrard Street and Dundas Street, to show permanent parking on the west side at all times. From October 1, 2021, onwards, vehicles should remain on the west side of the street and should not be moved to the east side.

Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated with no charge to the owner. Please call 416-808-2222 for its location.

People Cycling

Until the installation of traffic signals at Woodfield Road/Gerrard Street East (late October 2021) is complete, signage will be installed to remind people cycling to continue to dismount and walk bicycles across the pedestrian crossover. If travelling on Woodfield Road, please share the traffic lane in the active work zones.

Physical Distancing

There are times when contractors need to communicate with homeowners about what is happening on-site. Contractor’s staff will be identifiable by their high-visibility clothing and will maintain physical distancing.

Site Safety

Workers on site are responsible for the work assigned to them. If you have installation questions or an issue on site, contact the Project Manager listed on this web page.

Traffic Management

No significant delays are expected during installation. People who drive are reminded that bicycles and cars may be sharing the lane during installation. When driving, please be mindful of vulnerable road users.

Work Hours

Pavement markings will be installed overnight and all other work will happen during the daytime. Noisy work will be limited to daytime hours as much as possible.

Public Consultation

Virtual Public Meetings

The City hosted two Virtual Public Meetings on April 14 and 15, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meetings were attended by 21 and 39 participants respectively.

View the Information Panels presented during the meetings.

What We Heard

Project notification was communicated through 9,900 unaddressed flyer notices, 53 addressed letters to residents between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, and 26 emails sent to known stakeholder groups. Questions and comments were received from 60 participants over two (2) virtual public meetings on April 14 and 15, 2021; 267 respondents to an online feedback form; 37 individuals by email and 5 people by phone.

From the feedback form, 79 per cent of respondents support or accept the overall project, including a majority of residents who live on the streets. For the options on Woodfield Road, between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, Alternative 2 (Switch Parking to West Side) received the most support. The community is generally supportive of the proposed cycling infrastructure and crossing upgrades. Concerns raised include the possibility of an increase in non-local traffic, perceived dangers to pedestrians from people cycling, and possible exacerbation of existing on-street parking and loading challenges.

An online petition in opposition to the project was also received, although the associated names or addresses of signatories had not been provided at the time this report was finalized. The petition raises concerns about Woodfield Road between Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue and the loss of four parking spaces and unregulated loading along the street. The proposal retains as much parking as possible along the street and results in the loss of four parking spaces. Loading in the contra-flow bicycle lane would not be allowed, but delivery operators would be able to utilize side streets and the remaining parking on Woodfield Road.

Read the full Consultation Summary Report.

Report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee

Deputations (pre-recess: 2:39:23; post-recess: 4:01:31; last deputant: 4:45:30); Questions of staff (4:39:51); Speakers & motions (4:52:52); Voting on items (5:22:16)

On May 25, 2021, the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) of City Council endorsed Item IE22.11 – Cycling Network Plan – 2021 Cycling Infrastructure Installation – Second Quarter Update and Missing Link Sidewalk Program – 2021 Local Road Sidewalk Installation, which included:

  • installing a contra-flow bicycle lane on one-way segments to allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor
  • remove existing pedestrian crossovers at Gerrard Street East, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue/Connaught Avenue and replace with new traffic signals at Gerrard Street East, Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue to improve walking and cycling safety and connections

Item IE22.11 was moved to the June meeting of City Council for consideration.

Report to City Council

Motions moved by Councillor Fletcher (6:08:06); Voting on motions (Motion 3a: 6:10:10; Motion 3b: 6:10:31); Voting on amendments (6:10:55)

On June 9, 2021, following additional feedback from local residents received after IEC, City Council adopted the following amendment moved by Councillor Fletcher:

  • amend the contra-flow bicycle lane, traffic and parking regulations required to change to the direction of motor vehicle traffic on Woodfield Road from the current southbound condition to northbound between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street East, maintaining the current condition of on-street parking on the east side.

This was presented as Alternate 3 during the consultation period.

Next Steps

Also, as a result of overall feedback throughout the consultation process, City Council has directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to:

  • consider implementing additional safety measures to protect cyclists from heavy trucks on Woodfield Road, south of Eastern Avenue, including further consultation with Canada Post and other community stakeholders
  • consider additional measures to ensure pedestrian safety in Monarch Park
  • consider additional measures, potentially including turn restrictions or physical modifications to discourage cut-through traffic on Woodfield Road

Project area map showing proposed improvements on Woodfield Road and Monarch Park Avenue, from Sammon Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard.

Project Goals

  • Build on the feedback and experience of the 2020 Quiet Streets Program to improve conditions for people walking and cycling and lower vehicular speed.
  • Allow people cycling to travel two-way along the Woodfield-Monarch Park corridor so they can easily connect between popular cycling routes on Danforth Avenue, Dundas Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard. This will improve comfort for people cycling and promote the use of bicycles for short neighbourhood trips.
  • Maintain local access for people driving and minimize impact to on-street parking.
  • Fulfill City-adopted plans and policies, including Vision Zero, the Cycling Network Plan and TransformTO.

Supporting Safety Projects

  • Official Plan Goals
    • Make Toronto a “walking city” and bring all Toronto residents within 1 km of a designated cycling route.
  • Road to Health: Healthy Toronto by Design
    • Increased physical activity is associated with reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
  • Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
    • Fatalities and serious injuries on our roads are preventable, and we must strive to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries to zero by prioritizing the safety of our most vulnerable road users
  • TransformTO: Climate Action Strategy
    • Targets 75 per cent of trips under 5 km are walked or cycled by 2050.
  • Complete Streets Guidelines
    • Streets are for people, placemaking and prosperity. Complete Streets consider all modes, prioritize safety and balance the needs to move people and goods while recognizing streets as places.
  • Reduce reliance on motor vehicles
    • Providing alternatives to driving allows for roadways to be used more efficiently and for users who have no choice (e.g. emergency, deliveries)
  • Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to ride
    • The majority of people rate themselves as “interested by concerned” about cycling and will do so if bikeways feel safe.

Existing Conditions

Neighbourhood Context

Land Uses

  • Single-family homes
  • Schools
  • Industrial, south of Eastern Avenue (Canada Post)

Road Characteristics

  • Local Road from Sammon Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard (except between Fairford Avenue to Walpole Avenue, which is a Collector Road)
  • One to two lanes with variable one-way and two-ways

Transit

  • Intersects Danforth Avenue (subway, bus: 300 Bloor-Danforth)
  • Gerrard Street (streetcars: 306 Carlton Blue Night, 506 Carlton)
  • Queen Street East (streetcar 301 Queen Blue Night, 501 Queen, 503 Kingston Road)

Safety

  • In the last decade, one pedestrian seriously injured at Woodfield Road and Fairford Avenue.

Selecting a Bikeway for Woodfield-Monarch Park

The City of Toronto’s draft design guidelines set 75 cars in the peak hour as the maximum for a shared lane.

Based on the speed and volume of traffic, a shared lane for people cycling and driving is appropriate. The preferred bikeway type for Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue is Neighbourhood Greenway.

The peak volumes and 8-hour volumes do not exceed the thresholds of vehicle volumes, so additional traffic diversion is not recommended.

Average Counts Woodfield-Monarch Park Existing Volumes Neighbourhood Greenway Volume Thresholds
Peak Hour Motor Vehicles 30–75 vehicles 75 vehicles
Cycling
(over 8-hours)
70–120 cycling trips (20–30% of total traffic) Would like to increase volume to 40–50% of total traffic
Vehicles
(over 8-hours)
200–400 vehicles Less than 750 vehicles

Cycling Network Plan

Map of Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue project area.
Map of the Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue project area as part of the Near-Term Cycling Implementation Program for 2019–21.

Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue was identified in the Council-adopted Cycling Network Plan as a north-south route, planned for installation in the near term (2019–21).

This would include proposed contra-flow bicycle lanes on one-way sections of Woodfield Road and installation of traffic calming elements like painted bulb-outs, wayfinding and traffic signal upgrades at key locations.

Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Ave has been identified as a “Grow” project in the Cycling Network Plan Update. This project would grow the cycling network into new parts of the city.

Quiet Streets

From May to October 2020, Woodfield Road-Monarch Park Avenue were designated as Quiet Streets. The ActiveTO Quiet Streets program created shared spaces to allow residents to maintain physical distancing while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Temporary signage and other measures were used to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the street could be a shared space that welcomed people who walk, run or bike.

At this time, City staff are proposing that instead of reintroducing the seasonal Quiets Streets program in 2021 or beyond, energy be refocused on programs that provide year-round improvements to local streets, such as this project.

A Quiet Street cement block used as a traffic barricade on The Esplanade Quiet Street featured a mural by artist Emily May Rose.
A Quiet Street cement block used as a traffic barricade on The
Esplanade Quiet Street featured a mural by artist Emily May Rose.
A group of people riding bikes on a Quiet Street in Toronto.
A group of people cycling down a Quiet Street in Toronto.

ActiveTO Quiet Streets Survey

The ActiveTO Quiet Streets Survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. There were over 700 unique responses on Woodfield Road-Monarch Park (Woodfield Avenue: 219 respondents; Monarch Park Avenue: 536 respondents).

According to those surveyed, Woodfield-Monarch Park was one of the highest-ranked routes for reducing vehicular speeds, improving physical distancing, and making people feel safer sharing the street. The feedback was very positive.

The most common feedback was concerns about non-local traffic.

Survey Question Woodfield Road
(percentage of survey respondents)
Monarch Park Avenue
(percentage of survey respondents)
Understood the intent of the program 95% 95%
Walking/jogging is main mode of travel 85% 88%
No exclusive access to outdoor space 13% 9%
Do not live/work on the Quiet Street 59% 76%
Perception of program influencing physical distancing 75% (agreed or strongly agreed) 81% (agreed or strongly agreed)
Perception of program providing safer shared street space 79% (agreed or strongly agreed) 78% (agreed or strongly agreed)

Motion Adopted at City Council

On April 7, 2021, City Council adopted the report, Active TO – Lessons Learned from 2020 and Next Steps for 2021.

Councillor Fletcher moved the motion, which requested the General Manager, Transportation Services, to implement, in consultation with the local Councillor, Quiet Streets on Monarch Park Avenue and Woodfield Road on a temporary basis until such time as cycling infrastructure is installed on those streets.

Traffic Calming

Traffic calming is a term associated with physical features like discourage through traffic, lower speed and improve comfort levels for all road users. Traffic calming can include one-way street flips, curb extensions, speed humps and other elements.

Example of a painted bulb-out.
Example of traffic calming: a painted bulb-out. Photo: Eric Fischer/Twitter.

Contra-Flow Bicycle Lanes

Contra-flow bicycle lanes are bicycle lanes designed to allow people cycling to ride in the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic. They convert a one-way traffic street into a two-way street for people cycling: one direction for motor vehicles and bikes and the other for bikes only.

Two cyclists traveling on Denison Ave. One heading south in the shared travel lane and one heading north in the contra-flow bike lane
Example of a contra-flow bicycle lane: one cyclist heading south in the shared travel lane and one heading north in the contra-flow bicycle lane.

Bike Lanes

Designated bicycle lanes are a dedicated part of the roadway for the exclusive use of people cycling. Other road users may not lawfully drive, stand, stop or park in a designated bicycle lane.

Cyclist riding in a buffered bike lane
Example of a bike lane.

Shared Lanes

On low volume, residential streets shared lanes for people cycling and driving can be effective and can include signs, wayfinding pavement markings and other traffic calming to create comfortable cycling routes.

Example of a shared lane.