On March 17, 2014, Toronto’s Public Works Committee adopted a Staff Report, which proposed winter maintenance improvements to create a network of cycling snow routes. New, higher standards for snow plowing, salting and snow removal on these routes were identified.

Toronto first started clearing its Waterfront Trail for year-round use in 2009. As Cycle Tracks, which are separate from the adjacent traffic lane, are installed it becomes necessary to perform winter maintenance, as separated bike lanes cannot be plowed along with the rest of the roadway.

On-street cycling infrastructure not included in the network of cycling snow routes receive snow clearing based on their road classifications.


Cycling Facility Levels of Service Highlights

Road Category When does the City start plowing? How many hours after the snow stops falling will it take to clear?
Cycle Tracks 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Arterial roads and streetcar routes 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Collector roads, bus routes and local streets with Hills 5.0 cm – 8.0 cm 8-10 hours


Priority Bike Lanes will have plowing & salting as per road classification.  Full removal within 48 – 72hrs when required to achieve bare pavement.