Toronto finally agrees to open Lake Shore West to cyclists and pedestrians next weekend

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After a successful first weekend of ActiveTO road closures helping Toronto pedestrians and cyclists get fresh air and exercise, the city announced that last year’s most popular closure – on Lake Shore Boulevard West – will officially be back next weekend.

Mayor John Tory made the announcement during the city’s COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday afternoon, and it’s good news for all of those who have advocated for the return of the road in 2021.

“City staff are currently planning to close Lake Shore Boulevard West on Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16,” a city press release read regarding the upcoming closure.

“Details, including timeline and limitations, will be provided as soon as plans are finalized. Staff have worked to anticipate potential traffic and safety impacts associated with planned and significant construction nearby along King- Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) and The Queensway, from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue. “

The city initially said the closure, which attracted an average of 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians per day, would be completely excluded from the program this year due to construction and congestion in the area.

But the decision was ultimately overturned after thousands of residents signed a petition from Cycle Toronto to bring the route back, and Tory said last week staff were working to find sane and practical ways to possibly include the closure. highly rated in this year’s ActiveTO program.

In the meantime, the same three major road closures as last weekend will be in place from Saturday, May 8 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m.:

  • Bayview Avenue between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road
  • River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue

Roads through High Park will also be closed to vehicular traffic every weekend from Friday around 11:00 p.m. to Monday around 7:00 a.m.

All ActiveTO routes will be closed to vehicles and open to people on bicycles, inline skates, skateboards and on foot.

Anyone planning to use the ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should only do so with members of their own household, the town says, and residents are also encouraged to access it by bike or on foot as parking is nearby. is limited and there is no onsite parking available.

“We know that ActiveTO weekend road closures are very popular and last weekend’s kickoff reminded us how popular they were to residents,” said Tory.

“We remain committed to providing individuals and families with more places to exercise outdoors and I continue to encourage people to use these routes safely.”

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