The city says Lake Shore Boulevard West will be part of its ActiveTO program this year after all.
Toronto City Council on Wednesday passed a motion that gives city staff the option to close Lake Shore Boulevard West on certain weekends while massive construction is underway nearby.
City staff said in March that the closure of this busy road “likely cannot be accommodated in 2021 and 2022” due to construction work at the King Street intersection with Queen Street. and avenue Roncesvalles.
Work on the intersection, which includes replacing streetcar tracks and improving streetcar stops, began on April 5 and will continue until summer 2022.
The return of the closure of Lake Shore Boulevard West this year is welcome news, as the road between Windermere and Stadium roads was the program’s most used corridor last year, attracting an average of 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians each. weekend.
ActiveTO was introduced in 2020 to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic-inspired weekend closures have allowed many to stay active outdoors while practicing physical distancing.
The program was only supposed to run in the summer, but the city extended it until the end of October due to its popularity.
Weekend closures also include Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue, Bayview Avenue between Rosedale Valley Road and Front Street East, and River Street between Gerrard Street and Bayview Avenue.
The city said the Bayview closure will be extended south to Mill Street this year.
“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. The weekend road closures benefited thousands of individuals and families last summer and I look forward to their return this year, ”Tory said in a statement.
Council also approved a motion asking staff to consider expanding the program to other parts of town, including Black Creek Drive, Allen Road, and Fairground roads.
There is no specific date for ActiveTO’s return this spring, but the city said staff will determine it based on weather forecasts, construction schedules and other maintenance activities.