Mayor John Tory announced that the city of Toronto is installing 57 kilometres of “Quiet Streets” across Toronto.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says more than 50 kilometres of roads will be closed to all but local traffic in an effort to give pedestrians and cyclists more room to move.
He says some of the closures began Thursday and will continue throughout the long weekend in a bid to allow physical distancing while also encouraging people to get active.
The city says it will also be closing portions of major thoroughfares on a trial basis over the weekend.
Last week, the city shifted its message from staying home to practising physical distancing when outside.
The mayor says vehicle traffic is now at an all-time low due to the stay-at-home rules.
The city is also expediting its bicycle infrastructure in an effort to help commuters who want to avoid public transit during the pandemic.
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Neighbourhood streets will have traffic calming measures, such as signage and temporary barricades, put in place at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that also welcomes people who walk, run and bike. Parking and drop off areas will not be impacted, and City services, such as waste collection and emergency access, will continue as normal.
The first Quiet Streets locations being installed today include:
- Kensington Market (area that borders Nassau Avenue, Spadina Avenue, Augusta Avenue and Dundas Street West)
- Shaughnessy Boulevard between Van Horne Avenue and Havenbrook Boulevard
- Havenbrook Boulevard between Shaughnessy Boulevard and Manorpark Court
Confirmed Locations (as of May 14)
- Kensington Market (area that borders Nassau Ave., Spadina Ave, Augusta Ave. and Dundas St. W.)
- Shaughnessy Blvd. between Van Horne Ave. and Havenbrook Blvd.
- Havenbrook Blvd. between Shaughnessy and Manorpark Ct.
Lakeshore Dr./Lake Promenade (First Ave. to Forty Second St.)
- High Park Ave. (Bloor St. W. to Annette St.)
- Brock/Emerson/Cowan Ave. (Dupont St. to King St. W.)
- Winona Dr. (Eglinton Ave. to Davenport Rd.)
- The Esplanade (boundaries TBC)
- Crawford St./Montrose Ave. (Bloor St. W. to Queen St. W.)
- Howard and Earl Streets (Sherbourne St. to Parliament St.)
- Sackville/Sumach Streets (Shuter St. to Gerrard St. E.)
- Monarch Park Ave. (Felstead Ave. to Sammon Ave.)
- Fulton/Sammon Avenues (Broadview Ave. to Monarch Park Ave.)
- Woodfield Rd. (Knox Ave. to Walpole Ave.)
- Lee Ave. (Kingston Rd. to Alfresco Lawn)
- Secord Ave./Eastdale Ave./Lumsden Ave./Main St./Hamstead Ave./West Lake Ave. (Dawes Rd. to Oak Park Ave.)
- Military Trail/Highcastle Rd. (Sealstone Terrace to Bonspiel Dr.)
- Kew Beach Ave. (Waverly Rd to Lake Shore Blvd. E.)
- Westview Blvd. (St Clair Ave. E. to Holland Ave.)
- Dundalk Dr. (Ellesmere Rd. to Antrim Cr.)
- Trudelle St./Cedar Brae Blvd. (Danforth Rd. to Bellamy Rd.)
— With Files From The Canadian Press