Pedestrians and cyclists can take to Lake Shore West Boulevard this weekend as ActiveTO returns to the city’s main thoroughfare.
ActiveTO was launched last spring and closed major roads to allow pedestrians and cyclists to exercise more while physically distancing themselves outside.
The program returned to Toronto on May 1, but this weekend will be the first that Lake Shore Boulevard West is closed.
This weekend, road closures will also be in place along Lake Shore Boulevard East, Bayview Avenue and at High Park.
The following closures will be in place from Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:
Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicular traffic every weekend to allow people to explore the park while practicing physical distancing from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.
“By opening Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend to keep people active, the City is taking advantage of below-normal traffic volumes while the provincial stay-at-home order is in effect,” said officials said. city in a press release Wednesday.
The province-wide stay-at-home order went into effect on April 8 and is expected to expire on May 20.
Residents are urged to stay home unless they need to leave for essential reasons, including commuting to work, making medical appointments, shopping for groceries and exercising.
City staff said they are planning a weekend ActiveTO road closure on Allen Road on June 5 and are reviewing possible weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and the roads inside the Exhibition. Square.
Last summer, an average of 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians participated in ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard West on days without significant rain, according to city data.