City of Toronto releases ActiveTO weekend schedule for July

Toronto has announced its weekend ActiveTO schedule for July, announcing changes to Lake Shore Boulevard West closures and adding new locations throughout the city.

This comes in the light of new data showing that while the closures in some cases increased cycling threefold, and the closure of local roads also significantly increased traffic along nearby highways.

At least four ActiveTO locations are expected to be available every weekend during the month so people can cycle, run and walk on major roads that are blocked for travel.

In particular, the eastbound lanes at Lake Shore Boulevard West will be open to pedestrians, with the exception of the weekend of July 10th. However, the length of the closure will vary. While the road will be closed on some weekends between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road, the closure will be shortened on others to begin on Jameson Avenue instead.

The city says this was done so it can still be offered on weekends while working to “reduce impacts on the community as well as transit service,” according to a press release released Wednesday.

The July form also contains new places, e.g. Roads within Exhibition Place, part of Black Creek Drive – between Trethewey Drive and Lawrence Avenue – and the introduction of The Meadoway in Scarborough as an ActiveTO route.

The town says this was made possible by planning additional signage at each pedestrian and cyclist crossing that crosses the corridor between Brimley Road and Scarborough Golf Club Road.

Take a look at the entire July schedule:

Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue.
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road).
  • Roads within High Park.

Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11Curtains Expressway maintenance weekend

  • Roads within the exhibition space.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue.
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road).
  • Roads within High Park.

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18

  • Black Creek Drive (northbound lanes), Trethewey Drive to Lawrence Avenue (Saturday, July 17 only).
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Jameson Avenue and Stadium Road.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue.
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road).
  • Roads within High Park.

Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Jameson Avenue and Stadium Road.
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road).
  • Roads within High Park.

Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue.
  • The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road).
  • Roads within High Park.

Lake Shore West bikes 3 times higher during ActiveTO

The city says new data supports that although the routes have been popular, it has been crucial to take a “careful approach” to closure sites and timing.

These data come from urban transport professionals who analyzed spring closures, including pedestrians and bicycle counts, as well as traffic impacts and patterns.

Cyclists are seen here along Allen Road in June as part of ActiveTO. (Robert Krbavac / CBC)

Counts taken on Lake Shore Boulevard West show that cycling has increased three times during ActiveTO.

Between 16,700 and 34,000 cyclists took advantage of ActiveTO at this location on the weekends of May 15 and May 22, compared to the 4,600 to 10,800 cyclists who used the route on weekends without closure.

Travel times up to 3 times longer on nearby motorways

However, the data also showed that there are significant traffic impacts on the surrounding community when the closure is installed, the city says.

When the Lake Shore Boulevard West ActiveTO closure was in place, traffic data on Gardiner Expressway and The Queensway showed travel times up to three times longer, measured against conditions without ActiveTO closure.

“The data shows that staff have delivered ActiveTO weekends in a responsible way that considers the need for people to have a safe outdoor space to exercise,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“It also reinforces that we need to listen carefully and respond to the effects on local communities once closures are in place.”

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