Last updated: September 24, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Since the week of May 11, Quiet Streets have provided shared space to enable people to maintain physical distancing while walking, running, using wheelchairs and biking. On these streets, signs and temporary barricades open the space by encouraging slow, local vehicle access only.
During the past several months, pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and drivers on many of these streets have established new norms and behaviours for sharing roads and sidewalks to enable social distancing.
The impact of Quiet Streets on how streets are used and experienced is being monitored and evaluated based on: feedback collected through the Quiet Street Survey; correspondence through the ActiveTO inbox (directly, through Ward Offices, and through 311); and traffic count data, where possible.
The Quiet Street Survey will close on September 30th. Quiet Streets signs and barricades will be removed throughout October, on a rolling basis beginning around Thanksgiving.
The signs and barricades were designed to be temporary, making use of readily available materials. The program cannot be sustained in its current form as the City prepares for the winter season.
Preliminary survey results show that many people have found the program beneficial for purposes beyond COVID-19 response management and hope that it can evolve into something more. A report is being prepared to share lessons learned from ActiveTO, including the Quiet Streets, and other COVID-19 response programs on Toronto’s streets including CaféTO. The report will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with modifications, in the future. The report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021.
Quiet Street locations were chosen using several factors including, but not limited to, serving areas of high population density with limited access to personal outdoor space, providing alternative to congested parks and trails, providing connections to essential services, parks, beaches and other attractions, as well as operational considerations (e.g. traffic volume) and other related information.
Please note: This map shows installations that have been installed; for information about planned installations please email active_TO@toronto.ca
Signs and barricades have been placed either in the centre of the lane or at the curbside, depending on the characteristic of the location. The location of the signs and barricades is known to cause friction in the path of travel for drivers; the friction is intended to ensure drivers slow down and take extra care while navigating the route.
The Quiet Street program is an advisory program; it relies on voluntary participation from members of the community. Rules of the road are enforced as usual; additional fines and penalties will not apply to non-local traffic.
Quiet Streets is an emergency measure for COVID recovery and has not made any permanent regulatory changes to any roads (e.g. speed limits, parking restrictions). Permanent changes to roadway design or regulation can be made through the standard processes and City programs such as Vision Zero.