The City of Toronto is proposing changes on Galloway Road between Guildwood Parkway and Dearham Wood to fulfill the City’s commitment to the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and City Council direction. The goal is to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by making our roads safer for everyone, especially for seniors, school children, and people walking and cycling.
In October 2021, City Council requested that Transportation Services explore opportunities for the installation of green pedestrian infrastructure, upgrades to the current signed bikeway to designated bike lanes and consult with the affected area residents of the Guildwood Village community. (IE25.19)
The City explored three options for installing sidewalks and bikeways along Galloway Road.
Based on a detailed review of the existing conditions, City staff recommend Option 2: Bike lanes on both sides of the street, sidewalks on both sides of the street. The proposed option is preferred as it maintains existing motor vehicle travel and provides pedestrian and cycling infrastructure on both the east and west side of Galloway Road.
A Stakeholder Meeting took place on January 15, 2024. This was an opportunity for area residents to learn about the project, provide feedback and ask questions.
Provision of safe, comfortable and accessible sidewalks on all public streets is a fundamental objective of the Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan. Sidewalks support safety, accessibility, affordable transportation, physical activity, safe routes to school, aging in place and sustainable growth. These themes are reflected in the City’s Official Plan (2004), Pedestrian Charter (2002), Walking Strategy (2009), Seniors Strategy (2013), Healthy Streets (2014), Road Safety Plan (2016), and Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update (2019), among others. Local roads remain the largest gap in the walking network and generate the highest number of requests for new sidewalk installations.
Nearly one quarter of all local roads in Toronto, or 800 kilometres, are without a sidewalk. Most local roads have residential land uses, and where sidewalks are missing, pedestrians have no alternative but to walk on the roadway or on unpaved road shoulders. Learn more about the City’s Missing Sidewalks program.