Cycling is Growing in the City’s West End Neighbourhoods

The City of Toronto will be installing contra-flow and shared travel lanes on Argyle Street from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street starting the week of June 29, 2020. Street reversals on Bruce Street and Rebecca Street will also be included in this work. Access to all driveways and laneways will be maintained. City services such as Fire Services, Paramedic Services and garbage and recycling pick-up will continue as usual.

See public notice for more details, including impacts to on-street parking:

  • Bikeway Installation Notice (June 18, 2020)
  • Parking Restriction: During this installation work, parking on Argyle Street from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street and Rebecca Street will not be permitted starting June 29th, 2020 until new road markings are in place. Please remove your parked cars from Argyle Street and Rebecca Streets and find alternate parking spots within the permit parking area.

This project was approved by City Council on July 19, 2019. 

Public Consultation Completed

From January to May 2019, public and stakeholder consultations took place to inform and request feedback on the proposed bikeway, related traffic changes and two alternative options. Public feedback was available online and at a public drop-in event (April 23, 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel).

Forty-nine attendees signed in at the event. Many of the 100 comments received supported the recommended bikeway on Argyle Street and opposed the proposed street reversal of Halton Street (from Ossington Avenue to Givins Street).

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Consultation Summary & Report to Committee

All comments submitted to staff have been included in a Consultation Summary. In addition, inquiries received by email and feedback form has been consolidated into a Frequently Asked Questions.

Staff have also submitted a report to the June 27, 2019 Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) that includes details of the Argyle Street Bikeway. Highlights from the staff report include:

  • The preferred bikeway configuration of an eastbound 20-metre contra-flow bicycle lane and westbound shared travel lane east of Ossington Avenue
  • No street reversal of Halton Street between Ossington Avenue and Givins Street
  • Street reversals of Bruce Street (to become eastbound) and Rebecca Street (to become westbound)
  • Maintaining on-street parking spaces on Argyle Street

View the IEC Agenda Item #IE6.12 and read the staff report.

To speak at the June 27, IEC meeting, please contact the City’s Clerks Office at 416-397-4579 or iec@toronto.ca by noon on June 26. For more information on this process, please visit the Toronto meeting information system.

Drop-in Consultation Event

Thank you for attending the drop-in consultation event. Attendees were able to learn more about the proposal for the Argyle Street Bikeway and speak with staff.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
  • Time: Drop in anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West

Materials

  • Display Boards
  • Thank you for submitting your feedback, all feedback will be encorperated into the report.

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A Narrow Road Width

Most of Argyle Street has a road width (curb to curb) of 7.2 metres, which allows for one travel lane (shared by motor vehicles and bicycles), one contra-flow bike lane, and on-street parking on one side of the road. This design currently exists west of Ossington.

However, the road width between Ossington and Givins is 6.0 metres. The City’s proposal to permit two-way cycling will not remove any on-street parking. Eastbound motor vehicle traffic would be prohibited from entering the block from Ossington and nearly all motor vehicle traffic on this block would be westbound.

Objectives for the Argyle Bikeway Proposal

  • Provide legal two-way cycling on Argyle Street
  • Maintain motor vehicle access in and out of neighbourhood
  • Minimize impacts to on-street parking
  • Reduce motor vehicle traffic infiltration to make the street more comfortable for cycling and walking

The bikeway proposal for Argyle Street from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street

The proposed bikeway on Argyle Street includes:

  • Ossington Avenue to Givins Street: an eastbound contra-flow bike lane for cyclists only for 15 metres, which becomes a shared travel lane for cyclists and motor vehicles; a westbound shared travel lane for cyclists and motor vehicles.
  • Givins Street to Shaw Street: a westbound contra-flow lane for cyclists only; an eastbound shared travel lane for both cyclists and motor vehicles
Proposal for a bikeway on Argyle Street between Ossington Avenue and Shaw Street
Proposal for a bikeway on Argyle Street between Ossington Avenue and Shaw Street

Changes to local traffic on nearby streets

The following changes to traffic flows are required to provide motor vehicles access in and out of the area.

Argyle Street Reversal

  • The eastbound 15-metre contraflow bike lane at Ossington Avenue only allows cyclist access and prevents eastbound motor vehicle traffic from entering Argyle Street. This will eliminate eastbound traffic infiltration.
  • Motor vehicle traffic will generally travel westbound from Givins Street to Ossington Avenue. Traffic volume on this block is expected to decrease.

How motor vehicles will access Argyle Street:

  • Motor vehicles will enter Argyle Street via Halton from either Ossington Avenue or Shaw Street to Givins Street
  • Motor vehicles will exit Argyle Street to either Shaw Street or Ossington Avenue

Three new street reversals

  1. Halton Street will change to eastbound from Ossington Avenue to Givins Street
  2. Bruce Street will change to eastbound to provide direct access from Ossington Avenue to Argyle Place
  3. Rebecca Street will change to westbound to accommodate reversal of Bruce Street

Streets without traffic changes:

  • Halton Street (Givins Street to Shaw Street) will remain westbound
  • Argyle Street (Givins Street to Shaw Street) will remain eastbound for motor vehicles
  • Givins Street will remain southbound

Turning restriction for motor vehicles

  • No right turns from Argyle Place onto Argyle Street eastbound so that eastbound traffic is minimized
  • Note: Properties with driveways between Ossington Avenue and Givins Street may turn in both directions.

Street Parking on Argyle Street

The proposed changes do not remove any existing on-street parking spaces on Argyle Street. Parking will be located on the driver’s right side:

  • Between Givins Street and Shaw Street, street parking will be shifted to the south side
  • Between Ossington Avenue and Givins Street, street parking will remain on the north side
Street reversals and turning restrictions to facilitate the Argyle Bikeway proposal and continue to provide motor vehicle access into and out of the neighbourhood
Street reversals and turning restrictions to facilitate the Argyle Bikeway proposal and continue to provide motor vehicle access into and out of the neighbourhood

Bicycle Markings

  • A shared travel lane can be marked with “sharrows” (bicycle markings with chevrons) to identify where cyclists should ride in motor vehicle traffic and remind drivers to share the road.
  • A contra-flow bicycle lane can be installed on a one-way street, which then becomes two-way for bicycles, while remaining one way for motor vehicles.
Argyle Bikeway project area from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street
Argyle Bikeway project area from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street