Reports, Studies and Plans

 Bloor Street Bike Lanes

Shaw Street to Avenue Road   


Construction Start Date: August 2, 2016*

Construction End Date:  Mid-August, 2016

*Timeline is subject to change and is heavily weather dependent. Check this web page for updates

View July 26, 2016 Construction Notice (PDF)

The City of Toronto will be installing separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) to Avenue Road starting August 2, 2016.  The Bloor Street Pilot Bike Lanes Project was approved by City Council in May 2016.  

A 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.

See details of the planned cycle design below under “Public Drop‐in Event #2.”


Map of Future Bike Lanes and On-street Parking


Construction Work

  • Minor spot road repairs will be completed in late July
  • All on-street parking will be removed for the first few days, starting August 1 at 6 p.m. *weather permitting
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, with no stopping in the traffic lanes
  • Work will take place 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, with possible work on weekends, if required.
  • The noisiest work of removing existing paint will completed during the day, as much as possible
  • New painted bike lanes, flexi-post bollards, and signs will be installed
  • Changes to parking by-laws and loading areas will be signed


Deliveries & Loading: Please schedule deliveries and loading off of Bloor Street where ever possible, especially during the first few days of construction. For special accommodation, please contact the contractor at the emergency number listed below.


Construction Contacts

Project Manager, City of Toronto            

Dave Dunn, 416-392-8985,


Construction Emergencies, Contractor   

647-459-8748 (August 2016 Bloor St. Bike Lanes Only)


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.


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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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