The City of Toronto today announced that ActiveTO major weekend road closures occurring this Saturday and Sunday will include part of Lake Shore Boulevard East and roads within High Park. The new ActiveTO Bayview on-street, multi-use trail is also available to make more space for people outside and Toronto’s more than 1,500 parks remain open for exercise every day of the week.
Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue, will be closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 until 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. Roads in High Park will be closed to vehicles starting Friday, May 28 at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday, May 31 at approximately 7 a.m.
The ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road, provides a safe and protected full-time space for people walking and riding their bikes every day, while also allowing Bayview Avenue to safely accommodate vehicles.
City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion along Lake Shore Boulevard East this weekend and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East to keep vehicles moving and people safe. Motorists are reminded to plan their trips in advance to avoid the closures, if possible, and should consider using a wayfinding app to understand detours and travel times.
City staff continue planning a closure of Allen Road for ActiveTO next weekend. The closure is expected to be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 along Allen Road (northbound lanes only), between Eglinton Avenue West and Lawrence Avenue. Planning for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place is on-going and will be announced when available.
ActiveTO routes are open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot, due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.
Residents continue to be encouraged to stay close to home and explore the many paths, ravines, and hydro corridors with trails throughout Toronto that are open and available every day for fresh air and exercise.
Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app to get started.
ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.
Learn more about ActiveTO, including information about the new ActiveTO Bayview Cycling Corridor, here .
Maps and details for available paths and trails are available here
Details about access to High Park are available here
“There are many safe options available this weekend for people to be outside and be active. Road closures in High Park and on Lake Shore East along with the new ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail provide a lot of additional space for exercise, as do Toronto’s many parks and greenspaces.”
– Mayor John Tory
“I encourage all residents to get outside and enjoy Toronto’s many parks and trail systems, along with the ActiveTO routes that provide extra space for those using nearby trails.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rough Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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