Last updated: November 5, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.

Major weekend road closures helped make space along Toronto’s busiest trails for people to walk, run and bike throughout the summer.

As temperatures cooled, it was observed that the adjacent trails (specifically the Martin Goodman Trail and Don Valley Trail) were better able to accommodate the demand of those using them. There are many other open spaces in Toronto residents can use to get exercise and maintain physical distance. For example, High Park remains restricted to vehicles so that people in the park have more space to move about, and museums with greenspace are highlighted on the ActiveTO map. Toronto also has a robust and spacious network of corridors and multi-use trails suitable for walking, running and biking.

Major Weekend Road Closures began in mid-May and were in place for 25 consecutive weekends through the end of October. The program was extended twice – into September and again through October, to help provide people and families more space to respect physical distancing guidelines while also staying active and improving overall wellbeing.

Data

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.


A main street near a park/trail closed to vehicle traffic using barrels at the end of the street. The street shows pedestrians walking and cyclists riding on the road while maintaining social distancing.
Closing Major Streets for Active Transportation