The City of Toronto has completed installation of bike routes in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. The new facilities improve accessibility and safety, and create new ways for cyclists to travel around the area, and connect to local trails and public transit.
The bike lanes were approved by Toronto City Council in April 2018. Please read the updated Common Questions tab for more information about these changes.
After installation of the Thorncliffe Park Drive bike lanes in 2018, a significant amount of community feedback indicated that on-street parking was vital to the community. Concerns were raised that the private off-street parking lots may not have sufficient lighting, may not offer sufficient visitor or overnight parking, and may charge higher prices. Feedback indicated that many in the community utilized the on-street parking and felt that the removal was not aligned with the initial design proposed as part of the project’s public consultation process, and did not reflect community needs. Transportation Services has also heard concerns that the bike lanes do not provide physical separation between the people cycling and the 6,000-8,000 daily cars and buses on Thorncliffe Park Drive.
Based on the feedback from the community and local Councillor, Transportation Services is proposing to adjust the bike lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive to accommodate the most possible parking spaces without compromising safety. The proposal includes the addition of 34 parking along the west and south legs of Thorncliffe Park Drive. More parking spaces were reviewed but are not feasible due to the number of roadway curves, bus stops, driveways and pedestrian crossovers. This accounts for approximately three-quarters of the street’s length. At these locations, the existing bike lanes would be converted to cycle tracks, with physical separation added to the existing buffer. To reduce the close spacing of stops and enhance bus reliability, the TTC is planning to remove four (4) of the current 14 bus stops south of Overlea Boulevard in coordination with the proposed design and by applying TTC stop spacing guidelines. The length of the centre-left-turn lane has been reduced to approximately half its current length to accommodate additional parking. No significant vehicle delay is anticipated.
The proposed change is being considered by the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee on March 23, 2021. The staff report can be viewed online.
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), on behalf of the City of Toronto, have constructed a three metre wide asphalt multi-use trail on the east side of Don Mills Road from 701 Don Mills Road to the Lower Don Trail. Work will begin on October 18, 2019, and will end on May 30, 2020. Please note that this timeline is weather dependent and subject to change.
The trail features a new public art installation and rest areas with benches. After installation, the trail will provide a significant new bikeway connection to the Lower Don Trail for Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park residents.
Pavement markings and signage were installed for the bike lanes in 2018. For safety reasons, signs are posted that restrict parking and stopping in the bike lane. The number of on-street parking spaces has been reduced. Ten (10) on-street parking spaces are currently available close to the Thorncliffe Library and Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre.
The City is planning to work with property managers on Thorncliffe Park Drive to better understand the availability of off-street parking for visitors and determine if changes are needed.
For more information on parking changes on Thorncliffe Park Drive please click on the common questions tab.
New pavement markings and signage have been installed for the dedicated bike lanes. Signs are posted that restrict parking and stopping in the bike lane for safety reasons.
1. Why did the amount of on street parking change on Thorncliffe Park Drive?
In fall 2017, the City extensively consulted the public and stakeholders. At that time, the design for bike lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive included parking on one side of the street. This would have reduced the 192 available on-street parking spaces to approximately half.
The average demand for on-street parking was observed as 37 vehicles parked, based on City Staff surveys of parking use at various times of day and of the week. The original design was meant to accommodate the bike lane on Thorncliffe Park Drive by reducing lane widths, and by removing parking from one side of the street.
Following public consultation, City Staff undertook further design review with TTC and Traffic Operations. Through this process, removing additional on-street parking was needed to allow for busses to be able to safely pull in and out of transit stops, and for vehicles to be able to safely turn in and out of driveways. The approximately 90 on-street parking spaces originally presented to the public was reduced to approximately 10 spaces to accommodate these concerns. City Staff brought forward the new designs to the Ward Councillor for review, before seeking City Council approval.
The final designs for bike lanes, including the reduction to parking on Thorncliffe Park Drive, was approved by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and City Council in April 2018.
Since implementation, the City has heard concerns that having less on-street parking has made it difficult for people to visit some of Thorncliffe Park Drive’s residential buildings, and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Based on these concerns, the City will review visitor parking demand and examine possible options. In the fall of 2018, the City is planning to work with property managers to review off-street lots. This will help determine if adequate visitor parking space exists, and if more can be created, and inform any future design options for Thorncliffe Park Drive.
It is important to note that on-street parking overnight, or for more than three (3) hours at any time of day, was not permitted on Thorncliffe Park Drive prior to the installation of the bike lanes.
Due to the limited off-street parking near the Thorncliffe Library and Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre at 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive, ten (10) parking spaces have been preserved.
2. How do the bike lanes in Flemingdon Park impact on-street parking?
In Flemingdon Park, the new bike lanes do not have a significant impact on availability of on-street parking on Gateway Boulevard, Grenoble Drive or Deauville Lane.
On Gateway Boulevard, around half of the previous 52 on-street parking spaces will remain after installation. Parking spaces have been preserved to meet the demand, which was observed at less than half of supply on average.
On Grenoble Drive, around 30 of the previous 36 on-street parking spaces have been removed for safety reasons. Six (6) on-street parking spaces are kept to serve the area with highest observed on-street parking demand near Vendome Place. There is additional on-street parking capacity on Vendome Place, and nearby buildings also have dedicated off-street parking available. For summer events in the park, where parking is in high demand, event visitors are invited to use the available parking on nearby streets, including the on-street spaces on Gateway Boulevard, across from the park.
On Deauville Lane, around 26 on-street parking spaces have been removed. Previous parking was restricted to three hours, only on weekends, and overnight on weekdays. Observed demand was very low. On-street parking is available on St. Dennis Drive, and fronting buildings have dedicated off-street parking.
3. When can changes be made to the bike lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive? What are City Staff doing to address parking concerns?
The bike lanes that have been installed, including the changes to parking, were approved by City Council in April 2018. Once Council resumes meeting in 2019, City staff can discuss the bike lane designs and options with the elected Ward Councillor.
In the fall of 2018, the City will review off-street lots to determine if adequate visitor parking space exists or can be created to meet the demand. The City is planning to work with property managers to determine if changes can be made to parking off street. This will inform any future design options for Thorncliffe Park Drive.
4. How are on-street parking needs determined?
City staff conduct multiple counts to asses on-street parking demand during the day, evening and night, during the week and on weekends. This is done on a block-by-block basis. Along Thorncliffe Park Drive, studies demonstrated an average demand for 37 on-street parking spaces. Available off-street parking is also considered.
Along Thorncliffe Park Drive more than 2200 private parking spaces are available above ground at residential and community buildings. Additional spaces at the mall and other nearby properties add more than 1200 spaces. These counts exclude the more than 20 below-ground parking facilities at residential buildings. It is expected that property managers provide adequate parking on their property for both residents and visitors.
1. How do the bike facilities connect to the surrounding network and trails?
Bike facilities have been installed in Flemingdon Park on Gateway Boulevard Grenoble Drive, and Deauville Lane. These connect cyclists to existing bike lanes on St. Dennis Drive, and provide future connections to Eglinton Avenue on Ferrand Drive and/or Rocherfort Drive.
Bike facilities have been installed in Thorncliffe Park on Thorncliffe Park Drive. These connect to the multi-use trails in Leaside Park, which connects cyclists to Millwood Road, and Pape Avenue. Cyclists can also use Thorncliffe Park Drive to connect to the Don Valley Trail System through ET Seaton Park.
Access to the Don Valley Trails will also be improved with a paved route from the east side of Don Mills Road, south of Gateway Boulevard. A bike route on Overlea Blvd is under study, but out of scope for the current project due to lack of space.
2. How are bike facilities designed?
Bike facilities are designed to support safe and accessible use. The Project Team consults with City staff and agencies including TTC, Emergency Services, Urban Design and traffic engineering. The design of the bike facilities is informed through consultation and feedback received from local stakeholders and community groups, residents, and businesses, data analysis, and review of technical information.
3. How do the bike facilities impact vehicle traffic?
The bike facilities are not expected to have a significant impact on vehicle traffic or travel times.
4. How do the bike facilities impact building access?
The bike facilities are designed to maintain safe building access for vehicles and pedestrians.
5. Has additional bike parking been installed?
The bike facilities include installation of bike racks and bike parking locations.
6. Will physical protection, like bollards, be added to the bicycle lanes?
The Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park bicycle lanes have been authorized by City Council as dedicated space for cyclists. Driving, parking and stopping of motorized vehicles is prohibited in these lanes. In most locations, the bike lanes are separated from vehicles using a solid line or a painted buffer. However, no physical separation such as bollards, or a curb, are planned at this time.
On Gateway Boulevard (between 73 and 85 Gateway Boulevard) there is a parking-protected cycling track where:
No bollards are planned for installation on Gateway Boulevard because:
1. What is the City’s Cycling Network Ten Year Plan?
On June 9, 2016 Toronto City Council approved a Cycling Network 10 Year Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for Toronto’s cycling routes. The Cycling Network Plan outlines the City’s planned investments in cycling infrastructure over 2016-2025.
The plan identifies opportunities for cycling infrastructure investments in every part of Toronto. It includes recommendations for cycle tracks or bike lanes on fast busy streets, and recommendations for traffic calmed routes with cycling wayfinding on quiet streets.
2. Where can I access information and resources on cycling in Toronto?
View information about cycling in Toronto including programs to start cycling and safety information.
3. How much does this project cost? How is it being funded?
The project cost approximately $5 million. Half of this is City capital funding and the other is contributed by the Federal Government.
4. How do bike lanes affect waste pick-up and emergency services?
Proposed bike lane designs will accommodate waste pick-up, emergency services and other municipal services.
5. How do bike lanes affect TTC bus stops?
City staff develop the bike lane design in consultation with TTC staff. City staff work with the TTC to accommodate curb-side bus stops.
6. How do the bikes lanes accommodate accessibility?
WheelTrans vehicles and accessible taxis are allowed to load passengers in the bike lane. Typically, on-street accessible parking spaces are limited. They are only provided for individuals with accessible parking permits, and only on streets where off-street parking spaces are limited.
7. How do bike lanes impact safety?
Bike lanes provide safe options for people who want to bike to school or work, for shopping, recreation and other trips.
An important purpose of adding bike lanes is to improve safety for people of all ages and abilities, including people who walk, take transit, ride a bike, or drive a car. Studies in Toronto and elsewhere have shown that adding bike lanes improves safety for all road users. By adding bike lanes and reducing traffic lane widths, motorists tend to slow down. Slower speeds reduce the number of collisions, and their severity if they do occur.
8. Are bike lanes cleared of snow?
Yes. Any approved bike lane design includes a maintenance program for snow removal and street cleaning, similar to other popular bike lanes.
Bike routes in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park are part of The 10 Year Cycling Network Plan’s 2016 Implementation Program to expand and improve Toronto’s streets for cycling. These new bike lanes will provide important connections to the larger cycling network and neighbourhoods.
Public consultation on the design of the bike lanes in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park was conducted between August and October 2017, and followed a variety of creative tactics to increase outreach and engagement. Click on the links below to view the full report.
Following extensive public consultation in 2017, the installation of bicycle lanes in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park was approved in April 2018.
Open House: Friday, May 17, 2019, from 2-7 pm. Flemingdon Health Centre & Gateway Bicycle Hub. 10 Gateway Blvd. Unit 100 B
The City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are working to revitalize the 300-metre access trail to the Lower Don Trail. Located on the east side of Don Mills Road, the trail runs south from the driveway of 701 Don Mills Road to the Lower Don Trail. The access trail will include new paving, a reduced slope, and new trees. The trail will be completed March 2020, and also
include new public art.
The revitalization project is grounded on several years of community consultation which all highlighted the importance of improved access to the nearby green spaces and placemaking. The project’s goal is to improve connections for Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park residents to the Lower Don Trail.
The City of Toronto is administering a two-stage national open competition as the artist selection process. The first stage is complete. An independent Selection Panel selected a short list of artists who were invited to develop concept proposals.
The short-listed artists are: Mary Anne Barkhouse (Minden); nichola feldman-kiss (Toronto); Micah Lexier (Toronto); Sanaz Mazinani and Mani Mazinani (Toronto); Roula Partheniou (Toronto).
Contact: Clara Hargittay, Public Art Officer
Under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) – Phase 1, the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.5 million for this project. The City of Toronto is matching this funding contribution.