City Council approved the installation of separated bicycle lanes (cycle tracks) on Willowdale Avenue (from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue) on July 16, 2019 (see  Agenda Item #IE6.12). Installation of the cycle tracks was completed in mid-fall 2019. Read the construction notice.

For details of the planned design see the materials from the May 2019 public event: Willowdale Ave bike lanes – display boards.

 

separated bike lane on the road with flexi-posts
Example of a cycle track with flexi-posts separation

The new separated bicycle lane (cycle track) is adjacent to the roadway but separated from vehicular traffic with a buffer and physical separation. It  provides dedicated space for cyclists, improving safety and comfort for all road users.

The bicycle lane expands the local cycling network by connecting to the existing Finch Hydro Corridor multi-use trail.

The bicycle lane was installed as part of the road reconstruction, including replacement of damaged sections of curb and sidewalk to bring everything up to a standard state of good repair.

This work is part of the Council-approved 2019 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalks for current and future needs.

This design required the removal of dedicated left-turn lanes at Byng Avenue and Empress Avenue – left turns are still allowed from the travel lane. Traffic is expected to continue to flow as it does now, with a few extra seconds delay at some intersections on occasion.

This design will prohibit stopping or parking along this segment of Willowdale Avenue.

See further details in the materials provided under “Public Consultation”.

Other Safety Improvements and Changes

In support of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, pedestrian safety improvements are being made. Intersection corners will be adjusted to reduce turning speeds and tactile walking surfaces will be installed at road crossings to improve access for low or no vision residents.

The existing TTC bus stops remain but the bus bays at the stops will be removed. Additional street trees may be added – to be determined.

There are no planned changes or expected impacts to Wheel-Trans, emergency services, garbage pick-up or other City services as a result of this project.

The project runs along Willowdale Avenue from from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue
Map of the Study Area

Starting July 29, 2019, traffic on Willowdale Avenue from Finch Avenue to Empress Avenue was reduced to one southbound lane for the duration of the
road reconstruction. See further details:

 

On May 13, 2019, the City hosted a public drop-in event at Earl Haig Secondary School. Over 40 residents participated, where they viewed information materials, spoke with the project team, and provided feedback.

View the information materials presented at the event:

View the Willowdale Avenue Bike Lanes Public Consultation Summary Report. 

To request assistance reading these files, please contact cycling@toronto.ca.

The short URL for this page is toronto.ca/cycling/willowdale