Last updated: May 27, 2020 at 12:53 p.m.
ActiveTO is about making sure people have space to get around while respecting physical distancing. ActiveTO is a measured and data driven approach to support essential trips, front-line workers, and vulnerable road users. Locations are being planned by evaluating several factors including population density, equity, access to greenspace, and traffic volumes.
ActiveTO Initiatives include quiet streets, closing major roads for active transportation, and expanding the cycling network.
Quiet Streets are shared space to allow local residents to maintain physical distancing within their communities through the installation of signage and temporary barricades to encourage slow, local vehicle access only. They do not invite people to congregate or host social gatherings on the street.
Signs and temporary barricades will be placed on neighbourhood streets to allow local car traffic only and open up space for people who walk, run, use wheelchairs and bike. Over 50 km of streets have been planned for the initial roll-out of the program across the City.
The Quiet Streets program begins the week of May 11 and continues until indicated by the City.
Initially, Quiet Street locations will be identified using several factors including, but not limited to, population density, equity and access, access to greenspace, nearby parks, beaches, and other attractions, traffic volumes and other information.
Locations that were announced on May 14
Popular recreational trails like the Martin Goodman Trail and the Lower Don Trail have been observed to be overcrowded, especially on warmer weekends. Recurring short-term closures (i.e. weekends and holidays) of major streets adjacent to these trails will be implemented to provide more space for walking and cycling, thus enabling practising physical distancing.
Normal weekend closures (except long weekends) will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturdays until 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Public parking lots, such as those with access to parks and beaches, will not be accessible if they fall within the major road closure area.
City Staff will monitor adjacent routes and make adjustments as needed. Other locations are being reviewed for closures for the following weekend and beyond.
The following major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, May 30 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 31 at 11 p.m.:
The proposed ActiveTO expanded cycling network aims to allow people on bikes to move around Toronto safely, to better connect those on bikes to the places they need to go, and to mirror major transit routes.
A Council report released on May 25 asks Council to approve the installation of approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways, for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes approved for accelerated installation in 2020. The proposed plan includes flexibility so that bikeway installations can be adjusted based on considerations such as changing traffic volumes, and the evolving needs of residents and businesses in the wake of the pandemic.
If approved, the cycling network would be expanded quickly through temporary installations by repurposing curb lanes along several key corridors. Bloor Street East, University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Dundas Street East would be among the first installations.
Map of proposed cycling routes pending Council approval.