The City is improving cycling infrastructure near the York University Keele Campus and in the Downsview Neighbourhood. This will provide bike connections to Downsview Park, the Black Creek Ravine system and major transit stops and stations on TTC Line 1 and the future Finch LRT. In June 2018, Toronto City Council approved the installation of the proposed cycling routes for the York University and Downsview Cycling Connections project. The next steps will see the installation of the cycling facilities in stages. Installation began in August 2018 and will continue through 2021. Please refer to the tabs below for the latest information.

From July to December 2021, the City of Toronto will be constructing new multi-use pathways and dedicated bikeways in the York University area.

For more information, please see the project design and construction notice below:

Map showing the project location on Murray Ross Parkway, Evelyn Wiggins Drive and Keele Street.

From September to December 2021, the City of Toronto will be constructing sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-use trails in the Downsview area.

For more information, please see the construction notice below:

Map showing the project location where there will be pavement markings and intersection construction.

 

The City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Ten-Year Plan identifies existing, planned, and proposed cycling facilities across Toronto. The City is installing a number of new cycling routes in both neighbourhoods, including bike lanes, sharrows, and boulevard trails.

The York University routes include

  • Cycle tracks on:
    • Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road)
    • Evelyn Wiggins Drive (including a curb cut to connect cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs west of the Busway, from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road)
  • A boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue W.)
  • Improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine
  • An extension of the sharrows on the Pond Road
  • Safety improvements to existing bike lanes on Sentinel Road

The Downsview Neighbourhood routes include

  • Shared lanes (‘sharrows’) on:
    • Yorkwoods Gate
    • London Green Court
    • Camborne Avenue
    • Sunfield Road
    • Maryport Avenue
    • Langholm Drive
    • Stilecroft Drive
  • Bike lanes on:
    • Dovehouse Avenue (bike lane on south side of street; shared lane on north side of street)
    • Sentinel Road (including a small stretch of shared lane)
    • Sheppard Ave (60m boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)

Public Consultation

The City hosted three public drop-in events for this project in Winter 2018. You can find more information in the public consultation report below:

Past Construction Notices

Why is the City proposing new cycling facilities?

These majority of these cycling facilities were included in the Cycling Network Ten-Year Plan to improve the cycling infrastructure in York University Keele Campus and the Downsview Neighbourhood. This infrastructure will provide connections to Downsview Park, the Black Creek Ravine system and major transit stops along Line 1 and the Finch LRT.

What are the project boundaries?

The study area for the York University cycling facilities is bounded by Steeles Avenue West, Jane Street, Finch Avenue West, and Keele Street.

The study area for the Downsview Neighbourhood cycling facilities is bounded by Jane Street, Wilson Road, Keele Street, and Finch Avenue West.

What types of cycling facilities are being considered?

The City is proposing to install bike lanes, boulevard trails, and sharrows on various routes, as well as improved pathways to ravine trails (identified on the map).

Bike lanes are a dedicated space for cyclists where motorists are not allowed to park, stop or drive. Bike lanes are painted on the road with bicycle symbols and a solid white line, and most importantly, a diamond symbol.  The diamond symbol is used on Ontario roads to indicate that a lane is a “reserved lane”.

Example of a bike lane
Example of a bike lane

Shared lanes or ‘sharrows’ are road markings used to indicate a shared environment for bicycles and motor vehicles. The shared lane markings highlight cycling routes alerting all road users to the presence of bicycle traffic on the street, and may also be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance for cyclists.  The shared lane marking is not a dedicated cycling facility, but a pavement marking which has a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network.

Example of a sharrow
Example of a sharrow

Boulevard trails are two-way paved surfaces that run along a roadway and are designed for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users. Trails are at or near sidewalk level, above and away from the curb and roadway. Ideally, separate sidewalks are also present, and if so buffers exist between them.

Example of a boulevard trail
Example of a boulevard trail

What cycling connections are proposed to York University?

To enhance connections to York University, the City is proposing cycle tracks or bike lanes on Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road) and Evelyn Wiggins Drive (along with a connection for cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road). The City is also proposing a boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue West), improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine, and extended sharrows on the Pond Road.

The City is working closely with York University to coordinate efforts and plan for cycling connections within and beyond the campus. Please visit the York University Transportation Services website for more information on cycling at YorkU.

What cycling routes are proposed in the Downsview Neighbourhood?

The City is proposing a number of cycling routes throughout the Downsview Neighbourhood and to connect to Downsview Park. These include:

  • Yorkwoods Gate (sharrow)
  • London Green Court (sharrow)
  • Sentinel Road (bike lane and sharrow)
  • Camborne Avenue (sharrow)
  • Sheppard Ave (boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)
  • Sunfield Road (sharrow)
  • Stilecroft Drive (sharrow)
  • Dovehouse Avenue (bike lane and shared lane)
  • Keele Street (boulevard trail from Dovehouse Avenue to Sheppard Avenue)

Will there be a physical separation on the proposed bike lanes, such as bollards, curbs or planters?

Yes, the City is considering physical barriers along the Shoreham Drive bike lane. Feedback from the public is welcome on this design.

How will funding be obtained?

Half of the project falls under City of Toronto capital funding, and half is contributed by the Federal Government. More information is available on the Federal Government’s website.

Will the proposed bike lanes affect on-street parking or traffic lanes?

Most bike lanes will not affect on-street parking. On some segments, parking studies have been conducted and public feedback will be sought to determine if parking demand can be met with the inclusion of dedicated bikeways.

Will there be private property impacts?

No. All new cycling facilities will be constructed within the City’s right-of-way.

Will the bike lanes be cleared of snow?

Yes. The bike lanes will include a maintenance program for snow clearing and street cleaning.

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.

How do bike lanes affect TTC bus stops and Wheel-Trans?

City staff will develop the bike lane design in consultation with TTC staff. City staff will continue to work with the TTC to accommodate curb-side bus stops, and consideration for Wheel-Trans passenger boarding.

Where can I access information and resources on cycling in Toronto?

Visit toronto.ca/cycling to view information about cycling in Toronto including programs to start cycling and safety information.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Ryan Lo, Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator, at Ryan.Lo2@toronto.ca.

 

Under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) – Phase 1, the Government of Canada is investing up to $309,500 for the York University and Downsview Cycling Connections Project. The City of Toronto is matching this funding contribution.