Last updated: July 29, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Major Road Closures are recurring short-term closures (i.e. weekends and holidays) of major streets adjacent highly utilized trails to provide more space for walking and cycling, thus enabling physical distancing. The weekend closures provided space for thousands of people to be active, respect physical distancing and contributed to the overall wellbeing of residents.

Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes should do so only with members of their own household and access them by bike or as a pedestrian because nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available.

Explore the many paths, ravines, and hydro corridors with trails throughout Toronto that continue to be open and available every day for fresh air and exercise. Maps and details are available for paths and trails across the city, including The Meadoway, which spans 16 kilometres and connects parks and greenspaces in Scarborough.

Find a Bike Share Toronto station on and around ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app for a contactless way to get started.

The expected ActiveTO weekend schedule for July is below. Dates and times are subject to change based on impacts from other non-ActiveTO road closures, nearby construction, weather, and availability of City resources.

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
  • Roads within High Park
  • Roads within Exhibition Place
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
  • Roads within High Park

Bike Share Valet Stations for this weekend’s ActiveTO routes will be located at:

Date Location Time
Saturday
Northern Dancer Blvd. Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HTO Park Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Humber Bay Shore Park E. Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Queens Quay W. & Bay St. Station (Ferry Terminal) 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday
Humber Bay Shore Park E. Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Northern Dancer Blvd Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Queens Quay W. & Bay St. Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

*A Bike Share Valet Station is staffed with Community Ambassadors who have extra bikes and docking points to ensure you get riding hassle-free. Our team is on-site to help new riders get familiar with the Bike Share Toronto system and get you on a bike. Valet Station locations are subject to change based on weather, and ridership.

  • Black Creek Drive (northbound lanes), Trethewey Drive to Lawrence Avenue West (Saturday, July 17 only)
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between British Columbia Drive and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Lawren Harris Square and Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
  • Roads within High Park
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street and Kew Beach Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between British Columbia Road and Stadium Road
  • Bayview Avenue, between Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
  • Roads within High Park

Bike Share Valet Stations for this weekend’s ActiveTO routes will be located at:

Date Location Time
Saturday
Northern Dancer Blvd Station 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
HTO Park Station 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Humber Bay Shore Park E Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday
Northern Dancer Blvd Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Humber Bay Shore Park E Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
HTO Park Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

*A Bike Share Valet Station is staffed with Community Ambassadors who have extra bikes and docking points to ensure you get riding hassle-free. Our team is on-site to help new riders get familiar with the Bike Share Toronto system and get you on a bike. Valet Station locations are subject to change based on weather, and ridership.

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street and Kew Beach Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
  • Roads within High Park

Bike Share Valet Stations for this weekend’s ActiveTO routes will be located at:

Date Location Time
Saturday, July 31
Northern Dancer Station 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Humber Bay Shore Park E Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HTO Park Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bay St & Queens Quay W Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 1
Northern Dancer Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HTO Park Station 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cherry Beach Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Humber Bay Shore Park E Station 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

*A Bike Share Valet Station is staffed with Community Ambassadors who have extra bikes and docking points to ensure you get riding hassle-free. Our team is on-site to help new riders get familiar with the Bike Share Toronto system and get you on a bike. Valet Station locations are subject to change based on weather, and ridership.

Depending on roadway construction and detours, the following major roads were closed to vehicles on most weekends between May and October 2020:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (6 km) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road (eastbound lanes only). As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) was also closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (2 km) from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue(eastbound lanes only)
  • Bayview Avenue (2 km) from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road
  • River Street (350 m) from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue
  • Yonge Street (1.6 km) from Dundas Street to Queens Quay. On two Sundays in September, the City partnered with OpenStreetsTO to close Yonge Street.

Verified data counts from summer weekends in May, June, July and August showed that the most popular location was along Lake Shore Boulevard West where an average of 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians used the space each weekend in the summer. Typical closures were on Lake Shore Boulevard West (between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road), Lake Shore Boulevard East (between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue) and Bayview Avenue (between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road and including River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue). The program expanded to include Yonge Street, as part of Open Streets, for two Sundays in September.

Data counts were initially made available in June and released again in September.

The City partnered with Park People and Clean Air Partnership – The Centre for Active Transportation to undertake a public survey of people utilizing the Major Road Closures to better understand participation in this program.

The public intercept surveys helped to further explore the impact of Major Road Closures on physical activity levels, mental health, and cycling adoption. Intercept surveys were conducted in two locations (Lake Shore Boulevard East and Lake Shore Boulevard West) on September 20, 2020, and 359 responses were collected.

Key findings included:

  • The weekend closures helped Torontonians be active and safe during COVID-19. Two thirds (75%) reported being more active, and nearly all agreed that the space felt safe and comfortable and was helping them maintain physical distancing.
  • Most people using the weekend closures came from the immediate neighbourhood. 70% of people using the weekend closure lived 5 km away or less.
  • The weekend closures grew cycling in Toronto. Over a quarter of cyclists (29%) reported to be new to cycling or had cycled in the past and re-started this year, and the weekend road closures helped them start or re-start cycling
  • The weekend closures diversified cycling in Toronto. New cyclists and those returning to cycling included more women and more people identifying as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour compared with long-time cyclists.
  • There is high support (92%) for continuing the closures, both during and after COVID-19.

View the intercept survey evaluation summary and survey evaluation report.