Cyclists negotiate level crossing on bike path in Toronto on Saturday, May 23, 2020 Hot weather and reduced COVID-19 restrictions are causing many to look outside for relieve yourself THE CANADIAN PRESS / Frank Gunn

City says Lake Shore Boulevard West will be part of its ActiveTO program this year after all

Toronto City Council passed a motion on Wednesday that gives city staff the flexibility 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 “probably could not be done in 2021 and 2022” due to construction work at the intersection of King Street, Queen Street and avenue Roncesvalles

Work at the intersection, which includes replacement of streetcar tracks and improvements to 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 route between Windermere and Stadium roads was the most used corridor in the program 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 Pandemic-inspired weekend closures have allowed many to stay active outdoors while practicing the 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

“ActiveTO has been a successful and popular program that will continue to help us weather the pandemic and contribute to the future viability 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 expand the program to other parts of the city, including on Black Creek Drive, Allen Road and the roads in Exhibition Place.

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.


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