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ActiveTO initiative opens up Lake Shore Blvd to cyclists, pedestrians and roller blading.

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Selected streets to be closed off to cars on weekends to allow everyone to access the outdoors in a safe manner while maintaining physical distancing.

Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan ground-breaking ceremony was held at Eireann Quay on October 25, 2019
The Western end of the road closure of Lake Shore Blvd. at Windermere

"Spring is here, and with warm weather comes an increasing need to be outdoors. As we start to transition towards a gradual recovery and restart, it’s crucial that public health is at the centre of every step."

"Our Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has confirmed that spending time outside is important for our mental and physical health, provided we can do so safely by keeping our physical distance of two metres (six feet) from others. Switching to new ways of getting around — for example, walking and cycling, rather than taking public transit for short trips — can also help to reduce congestion and open up more space for physical distancing. But in order for this to happen, we must increase space on our streets and sidewalks so that people can commute, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors safely."

The Martin Goodman Trail runs right through The Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood and frequently become congested and overcrowded on nice weather days even in normal times. The aim of these road closures is to provide more space for walking, cycling and roller blading in a safe manner. You can plan ahead and check for upcoming road closures on the ActiveTO page of the City of Toronto website.

Major road closure notes from the city:

  • Normal weekend closures (except long weekends) will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturdays until 11 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Public parking lots, such as those with access to parks and beaches, will not be accessible if they fall within the major road closure area.

  • City Staff will monitor adjacent routes and make adjustments as needed. Other locations are being reviewed for closures for the following weekend and beyond.

ActiveTO – Lake Shore Blvd. Toronto Mayor John Tory visiting the road closure site.
Toronto Mayor John Tory at Lake Shore Blvd and Windermere ActiveTO road closure, May 2020 long weekend.



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