A bike lane is shown on a street between a motor vehicle traffic lane and a parking lane.The City of Toronto upgraded the existing bike lanes on Conlins Road between Ellesmere Road to Sheppard Avenue East to a combination of bicycle lanes and cycle tracks (bicycle lanes that are physically separated from traffic).This work was done as part of already scheduled road resurfacing on Conlins Road in 2019.

This upgrade provided a safer and more comfortable connection for cyclists. In particular, the cycle track portion between Canmore Blvd. and Sheppard Ave. E. ensures a separated bicycle lane along “The Meadoway” bike trail route. When completed, this 16 kilometre separated bike trail will run along the Gatineau Hydro Corridor from the Don Valley to Rouge National Urban Park and Conlins Road will connect the Meadoway sections north and south of Highway 401.

In 2022, the cycle track barriers were upgraded through StreetARToronto’s Conlins Road Cycle Track Art Project to celebrate diversity, inclusion and the health and wellness benefits of active transportation and a vibrant public realm.

The Ten Year Cycling Network Plan was approved in-principle by City Council in 2016 to connect, grow, and renew cycling infrastructure throughout Toronto. The planned road resurfacing for Conlins Road provides an opportunity to renew and upgrade the existing bike lanes, consistent with the objectives of the Plan.

Map of Revised Bike Lane Upgrade Proposal

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Original cycle track options from April 9 public event

Proposed track stretches from Ellesmere Rd to Sheppard Ave E where it connects to the Sheppard Ave Bike Lane and the Gatineau Hydro Corridor multi-use trail

Public Open House

A public open house took place on April 9, 2019, with public feedback collected until April 23, 2019. People could learn more about the proposed design options, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Public Open House Materials

Original Proposed Changes Included

  • Between Good Road and Sheppard Avenue East, the existing travel lanes were proposed to be narrowed to provide space for a buffer and physical separation for the bike lanes. No changes to the number of travel lanes, turn lanes, or parking regulations are proposed.
  • Between Ellesmere Road and Good Road, two options were under consideration:
    • Option 1: Remove all on-street parking to provide space for wider bike lanes, buffers, and physical separation.
    • Option 2: Move existing bike lane (northbound) to be next to the curb and position the parking lane between the bike lane and travel lane. The existing lanes were narrowed to provide space for buffers and physical separation. This option retains approximately 18 parking spaces on the street which exceeds the maximum observed parking demand.