ActiveTO returns to Toronto; weekend road closures along Lake Shore and Bayview


ActiveTO is back in the city, resulting in major road closures this weekend to allow residents to physically distance themselves while exercising outside.

The closure of the ActiveTO route is the first of the year and will be along Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East from May 1 at 6 a.m. to May 2 at 9 p.m.

Closures include:

  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.

These roads will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians and cyclists for exercise while staying two meters from each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I encourage residents to take advantage of these ActiveTO routes this weekend, as well as the many trails, parks and trails open and available throughout the city. I remind everyone who has gone out to enjoy these spaces only with members of their own household and to keep their distance from others, ”Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

ActiveTO began last year in response to the pandemic to provide more space for residents to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Last year, the road closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West between Windermere and Stadium Roads was the most used ActiveTO corridor, attracting an average of 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians each weekend.

Although residents are encouraged to go outside, a province-wide stay-at-home order is currently in effect until at least May 20, with the aim of reducing transmission of the virus. The ordinance requires residents to leave their homes only for essential reasons, including going to work, for medical reasons, grocery shopping and exercise.


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