The city of Toronto said it has approved the return of the ActiveTO program for pedestrian and bicycle friendly activities and that it will include the popular Lake Shore Boulevard West section on certain weekends.
The route was subject to debate due to construction underway at the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection and on the Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, directly north of Lake Shore Boulevard West.
However, officials on Wednesday approved the motion to coordinate efforts for that stretch and construction projects to allow for major road closures along Lake Shore Boulevard West on certain weekends.
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ActiveTO was first introduced in May in response to COVID-19 and a desire to create more opportunities for people to exercise while increasing the amount of space for physical distancing.
In 2020, there were 25 consecutive weekend closures between May and October, mostly on portions of Lake Shore Boulevard and Bayview Avenue.
More ActiveTO routes
Along with Lake Shore Boulevard West, the program will see road closures revert to the east side on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.
There will also be road closures along Bayview Avenue between Rosedale Valley Road and Front Street East, which will extend south to Mill Street.
River Street, between Gerrard Street East and Bayview Avenue, will also be closed on weekends.
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The exact dates of all these road closures are still being decided.
“Major weekend road closures will return this spring and staff will determine the first weekend as well as locations based on weather forecasts, construction schedules and other maintenance activities,” officials said. from the city.
Roads along Black Creek Drive, Allen Road and the roads inside Exhibition Place are also being considered for weekend closures.
Officials also said that a pilot street project along downtown Yonge Street, between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue, had been approved “to support the local economy and CaféTO with an expansion of the network. ActiveTO temporary cycle “.
“ActiveTO has been a successful and popular program that will continue to help us navigate the pandemic and contribute to the future livability of our city,” said Mayor John Tory.
“The weekend road closures benefited thousands of individuals and families last summer and I look forward to their return this year. “
— with files from Nick Westoll
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