Today, the City of Toronto announced that the ActiveTO major weekend road closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West will be in place for the first time in 2021 this weekend.
Weekend road closures to vehicles will also be in place along Lake Shore Boulevard East, Bayview Avenue, and in High Park to make more space for people.
By opening Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend for people to be active, the City is taking advantage of lower than usual traffic volumes while the provincial Stay-at-Home order is in effect.
City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes this weekend. Work is already underway to plan and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West, as well as at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East. Paid duty officers will be positioned at key intersections along Lake Shore Boulevard West to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway.
The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:
ActiveTO routes are closed to vehicles, but 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 because due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.
City staff are planning a closure of Allen Road on June 5, as well as reviewing the potential for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place.
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. Enjoy unlimited 30-minute station-to-station trips, while your pass is active. Download the PBSC app for a contactless way 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
Maps and details for available paths and trails are available
Learn more about The Meadoway, which spans 16 kilometres and connects parks and greenspaces in Scarborough.
Details about access to High Park are available.
Learn more about Bike Share Toronto at https://bikesharetoronto.com/
“The ActiveTO route along Lake Shore Boulevard West is back this weekend along with several other road closures so people have safe options to be outside and active while continuing to follow the public health advice. We are working to provide all the spaces we can for people to safely get out for a run, for a walk or a bike ride.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Putting in place all of the ActiveTO weekend closures from last year means that residents and families will have a large network of outdoor spaces available to them this weekend, including parks, ravines and trails across Toronto. These are all great spaces for exercise and fresh air for everyone.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rough Park) Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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