ActiveTO streets in Toronto

Toronto extends ActiveTO road closures into October as COVID-19 cases spike in the city

The City of Toronto’s ActiveTO major road closures have been extended into October.

From Oct. 3 at 6 a.m. until Oct. 4 at 11 p.m., the following three major road closures will be in place:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

Plan ahead to find alternate parking spots if you plant to visit Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park, or Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, along Lake Shore Boulevard West—parking lots will also be closed for the weekend during the ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

Residents who plan to use these roads should access them by bike or as a pedestrian since nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available.

Last weekend was supposed to be the final weekend of ActiveTO Major Weekend Road Closures, but on Tuesday, the city confirmed the extension. The program is meant to allow more pedestrians to maintain physical distancing while walking, running, using wheelchairs and biking—it has apparently become so popular that some don’t want it to end.

 

 

According to the city, the program provided space for thousands of people to be physically active, along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails to help stop virus spread. The following averages (taken over 15 hours on days without significant rainfall) were confirmed for weekends in June, July and August:

  • 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • 6,300 cyclists and 5,700 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard East
  • 2,000 cyclists and 300 pedestrians on Bayview Avenue. Plus 1,900 cyclists and 250 pedestrians on the adjacent Don Valley Trail (eight-hour counts).

For comparison, in 2018, the popular Richmond-Adelaide cycle tracks’ daily average (and eight-hour counts) showed that more than 4,700 cyclists travelled the routes between Bathurst Street and University Avenue.

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