Reports, Studies and Plans

 Bloor Street Bike Lanes

Shaw Street to Avenue Road   


The City of Toronto has substantially completed the installation of the separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) to Avenue Road. The Bloor Street Pilot Bike Lanes Project was approved by City Council in May 2016.  


The pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Extensive monitoring and evaluation, as well as public feedback collection will be carried out over the year and reported to Council in late 2017.


Update: September 19, 2016

The installation of the Bloor Street pilot bike lanes were substantially complete at the end of August 2016

There are still some opportunities for minor improvements to the design within the one year pilot.  Ongoing modifications may include the following:

  • Adjustments to road markings, signs and flexi-posts
  • Modifications to traffic signals and signal timing.
  • Installation of additional bike parking
  • Accommodating commercial and accessible vehicle loading


Simple improvements may be applied this fall, while others requiring more detailed review and coordination may not be applied until spring 2017. 

Ongoing monitoring and detailed technical evaluation will identify which locations are prioritized for adjustments during the pilot, or recommended for potential substantial change if the bikes lanes are made permanent in the future, to be determined by City Council

The one year pilot monitoring and evaluation program will include:

  • Cyclist and motor vehicle volumes and mode share counts (24 hour)
  • Measuring of motor vehicle traffic flow
  • Use of local parking spaces (on-street and off-street Green P lots)
  • Public online survey for road user and stakeholder feedback (coming soon)
  • Close contact with Councillors' offices
  • Meetings and open communications with local residents, businesses and institutions
  • Receiving 311 requests
  • Ongoing communications with City services (e.g. garbage collection, emergency services)


The City is also partnering on a parallel study on the local economic impact of bike lanes on Bloor. This local business activity study is principally being carried out by the Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with University of Toronto and sponsorship from Metcalf Foundation, Bloor Annex BIA, and Korea Town BIA.  See TCAT web page for more information


A detailed Bloor Pilot Bike Lanes evaluation report will be published and presented to City Council in the fall of 2017. 


Online Feedback Survey Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, the City will be launching an online survey to collect feedback about the pilot bike lanes from all road users (including pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and transit users) and local stakeholders (including residents, businesses and institutions). The survey will be promoted through flyers, street signs and online through social media and our email list.  Subscribe to our email list below to ensure you receive an invite to the survey once available.


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Contact Jason Diceman,

Sr. Public Consultation Co-ordinator



Previous Public Consultation

Public Drop‐in Event #1 - December 2, 2015

The first public consultation event for this study was held December 2, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity-St.Paul's Centre. About 230 residents participated in the event.

View information materials presented at the event:

"Option A – No parking" was dropped because on-street parking is considered a requirement for this pilot project in 2016.

Results from Event #1 and the survey are summarized on pages 8 to 12 of the Public Drop‐in Event #2 display panels.


On-line Survey

Public input was also obtained through an on-line survey from December 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016. We received 2126 completed responses from a wide range of stakeholders.

View the results of the Phase 1 survey


Public Drop‐in Event #2 - March 9, 2016

The second public event was held March 9, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity-St.Paul's Centre. Over 270 residents participated. View information materials presented at the event:


Committee Meeting - April 25, 2016

A staff report on the Bloor Street Bike Lane Project was presented to the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The Committee reviewed the report and forwarded it to City Council without recommendations.

City Council adopted this item on May 3, 2016, with amendments.


Bike Lane Design Considerations

The City considered many perspectives and issues, including:

  • Safety and comfort of cyclists
    • Separation from motor vehicles
    • Avoiding open car doors
    • At intersections
    • Accommodating left turns
  • On-street parking and loading
    • Local business customers
    • Deliveries (especially where laneway access is lacking)
    • Pick-up and drop-off from taxis
    • Wheel-Trans and accessible vehicle boarding
    • TTC buses, including 300 Bloor-Danforth Blue Night bus 
  • Motor vehicle traffic delays
  • Affects on parking and traffic on connecting and parallel streets
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Snow clearing and road maintenance
  • Emergency services: EMS, Police and Fire
  • Waste and recycling collection

The City is also working closely with local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), active transportation groups, residents' associations, Ward 19 and 20 Councillors' offices and many other stakeholders as part of the pilot project process. 

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