The City is improving cycling infrastructure near the York University Keele Campus and in the Downsview Neighbourhood. This will provide bike connections to Downsview Park, the Black Creek Ravine system and major transit stops and stations on TTC Line 1 (expected completion end of 2017) and Finch LRT (expected completion 2021).

The City is hosting 3 public drop-in events for this project in Winter 2018:

1. Date and Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: York University Keele Campus, Vari Hall Rotunda**

4700 Keele Street

2. Date and Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018  12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Grandravine Community Centre

23 Grandravine Drive

3. Date and Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Catholic School

111 Sharpecroft Boulevard

**February 27 event may be impacted by potential labour disruptions at York University. Please check the project website regularly for the latest information.

All information materials will be posted to the project website in advance of the events. An in-person and online survey will be provided to collect opinions and comments.

To receive project updates, sign up for the email list by contacting Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator Andrew.Plunkett@toronto.ca.

This is a map of the York University Cycling Connections. It shows existing multi-use trails on Ian MacDonald Boulevard, Chimneystack Road, Black Creek Trail and Finch Hydro Corridor. It shows existing bike lanes and cycle tracks on Pond Road and Sentinel Road, and it shows existing shared lanes on the Pond Road and Finch Avenue West. It also shows the following proposed bikeways that would connect to existing bikeways: a multi-use trail on Murray Ross Parkway from Steeles Avenue to Shoreham Drive; bike lanes on Shoreham Drive from Jane to Pond Road; bike lanes on Evelyn Wiggins Drive; and shared lanes on Yorkwoods Gate.

This is a map of the Downsview Cycling Connections. It shows the existing Black Creek Trail and Downsview Park trails, and the existing bike lane on Sentinel Road. It also shows the following proposed bikeways that would connect to the existing trails: a shared lane on Stilecroft Drive from the Black Creek Trail to Sentinel Road; a bike lane on Dovehouse Avenue from Sentinel Road to Keele Street; a bike lane and shared lane on Sentinel Road from Dovehouse Avenue to Sheppard Avenue; and shared lanes on Sunfield Road, Whitburn Crescent, Langholm Drive, and Camborne Avenue that connect to the Black Creek Trail, Keele Street and the Downsview Park Trails.

The City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Ten-Year Plan identifies existing, planned, and proposed cycling facilities across Toronto. The cycling facilities near York University and in the Downsview Neighbourhood will be partially supported by federal funding, which requires that they must be constructed in 2018.

The City is looking at a number of new cycling routes in both neighbourhoods, including bike lanes, sharrows, and boulevard trails. The bike lanes listed below are proposed, and City staff will need approval from Council before constructing these facilities. The sharrows listed below are planned, and City staff can move forward to construction without Council’s approval on these individual routes. The project team is seeking feedback on both the proposed and planned cycling routes and designs to ensure they meet the needs of the community.

The York University routes include:

  • Proposed cycle tracks or bike lanes on:
    • Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road)
    • Evelyn Wiggins Drive (including a curb cut to connect cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs west of the Busway, from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road)
  • A proposed boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue W.)
  • Planned improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine
  • A planned extension of the sharrows on the Pond Road
  • Safety improvements to existing bike lanes on Sentinel Road

The Downsview Neighbourhood routes include:

  • Planned sharrows on:
    • Yorkwoods Gate
    • London Green Court
    • Camborne Avenue
    • Sunfield Road
    • Maryport Avenue
    • Langholm Drive
    • Stilecroft Drive
  • Proposed bike lanes on:
    • Dovehouse Avenue
    • Sentinel Road (including a small stretch of sharrow)
    • Sheppard Ave (60m boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)

The City is hosting 3 public drop-in events for this project in Winter 2018:

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: York University Keele Campus**

Vari Hall Rotunda

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018.  12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Grandravine Community Centre

23 Grandravine Drive

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018.  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Catholic School

111 Sharpecroft Blvd

 

**February 27 event may be impacted by potential labour disruptions at York University. Please check the project website regularly for the latest information.

 

All information materials will be posted to the project website in advance of the events. An in-person and online survey will be provided to collect opinions and comments.

To receive project updates, sign up for the email list by contacting Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator Andrew.Plunkett@toronto.ca.

Why is the City proposing new cycling facilities?

These majority of these cycling facilities were included in the Cycling Network Ten-Year Plan to improve the cycling infrastructure in York University Keele Campus and the Downsview Neighbourhood. This infrastructure will provide connections to Downsview Park, the Black Creek Ravine system and major transit stops along Line 1 and the Finch LRT.

What are the project boundaries?

The study area for the York University (Ward 8) cycling facilities is bounded by Steeles Avenue West, Jane Street, Finch Avenue West, and Keele Street.

The study area for the Downsview Neighbourhood (Wards 8 and 9) cycling facilities is bounded by Jane Street, Wilson Road, Keele Street, and Finch Avenue West.

What types of cycling facilities are being considered?

The City is proposing to install bike lanes, boulevard trails, and sharrows on various routes, as well as improved pathways to ravine trails (identified on the map).

Bike lanes are a dedicated space for cyclists where motorists are not allowed to park, stop or drive. Bike lanes are painted on the road with bicycle symbols and a solid white line, and most importantly, a diamond symbol.  The diamond symbol is used on Ontario roads to indicate that a lane is a “reserved lane”.

Example of a bike lane
Example of a bike lane

Sharrows are road markings used to indicate a shared environment for bicycles and motor vehicles. The shared lane markings highlight cycling routes alerting all road users to the presence of bicycle traffic on the street, and may also be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance for cyclists.  The shared lane marking is not a dedicated cycling facility, but a pavement marking which has a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network.

Example of a sharrow
Example of a sharrow

Boulevard trails are two-way paved surfaces that run along a roadway and are designed for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users. Trails are at or near sidewalk level, above and away from the curb and roadway. Ideally, separate sidewalks are also present, and if so buffers exist between them.

Example of a boulevard trail
Example of a boulevard trail

How will the public be involved?

The City is planning a number of public consultation events in Winter 2018 to provide information on the proposed cycling routes and gather feedback. Check this website for updates, or email us to be added to the project mailing list for updates: Andrew.Plunkett@toronto.ca

What cycling connections are proposed to York University?

To enhance connections to York University, the City is proposing cycle tracks or bike lanes on Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road) and Evelyn Wiggins Drive (along with a connection for cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road). The City is also proposing a boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue W.), improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine, and extended sharrows on the Pond Road.

The City is working closely with York University to coordinate efforts and plan for cycling connections within and beyond the campus. Please visit the York University Transportation Services website for more information on cycling at YorkU.

What cycling routes are proposed in the Downsview Neighbourhood?

The City is proposing a number of cycling routes throughout the Downsview Neighbourhood and to connect to Downsview Park. These include:

  • Yorkwoods Gate (sharrow)
  • London Green Court (sharrow)
  • Sentinel Road (bike lane and sharrow)
  • Camborne Avenue (sharrow)
  • Sheppard Ave (boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)
  • Sunfield Road (sharrow)
  • Stilecroft Drive (sharrow)
  • Dovehouse Avenue (bike lane)
  • Keele Street (boulevard trail from Dovehouse Avenue to Sheppard Avenue)

Will there be a physical separation on the proposed bike lanes, such as bollards, curbs or planters?

Yes, the City is considering physical barriers along the Shoreham Drive bike lane. Feedback from the public is welcome on this design.

What is the expected construction schedule?

The City is currently consulting on the proposed cycling routes with stakeholders and the local community. City staff will then recommend these routes to City Council for approval before moving into construction. The City is hopeful that construction will be completed in 2018.

How will funding be obtained?

Half of the project falls under City of Toronto capital funding, and half is contributed by the Federal Government. More information is available on the Federal Government’s website

Will the proposed bike lanes affect on-street parking or traffic lanes?

Most bike lanes will not affect on-street parking. On some segments, parking studies have been conducted and public feedback will be sought to determine if parking demand can be met with the inclusion of dedicated bikeways.

Will there be private property impacts?

No. All new cycling facilities will be constructed within the City’s right-of-way.

Will the bike lanes be cleared of snow?

Yes. The bike lanes will include a maintenance program for snow clearing and street cleaning.

How do bike lanes affect waste pick-up and emergency services?

Proposed bike lane designs will accommodate waste pick-up, emergency services and other municipal services.

How do bike lanes affect TTC bus stops and Wheel-Trans?

City staff will develop the bike lane design in consultation with TTC staff. City staff will continue to work with the TTC to accommodate curb-side bus stops, and consideration for Wheel-Trans passenger boarding.

Where can I access information and resources on cycling in Toronto?

Visit toronto.ca/cycling to view information about cycling in Toronto including programs to start cycling and safety information.